Earlier this year (2nd January to be precise) I ordered an mtFull Sequence test from Family Tree DNA. I finally got my results last week on 21 April but I had such a busy week at work and home that I didn't realise I'd received my results until yesterday! Basically this tests my matrilineal heritage.
I'll be honest and let you know that I failed science at school but I will attempt to explain what I understand about this kind of testing. As I understand it, most DNA testing tests the inside or nucleus of the cell. Mitochondrial DNA testing is testing the DNA outside the cell's nucleus. Mitochondrial DNA is only passed from mother to child.
Why did I do it? Well, really in the fond hope of maybe finding some other cousins out there in family history land. Unfortunately I didn't come up with any exact matches or even close matches. C'est la vie.
But I can tell you that I'm Haplogroup H5a1. I'd tell you what that means, except I need to get written permission from Gene by Gene to do so and I can't be fagged. Let's just say that in terms of origins - England, Ireland, Scotland were not a surprise - but Germany was a bit of surprise!
Maybe I should invest in an autosomal test as well - another $100. The thought of going through it all again and waiting another 4 months is not enticing. Obviously I have no stamina when it comes to Family History!
Perhaps when I've replaced the tyres on my car......