My MtDNA Results Are Back!

I was very excited to see in my email inbox the other morning, the results to my MtDNA Full Sequence test from FamilytreeDNA. For those of you who are unfamiliar with DNA testing, the MtDNA Full Sequence test will provide you with genetic information about your earliest maternal ancestor. Normally I would probably try to turn this into a cliffhanger event but then I thought...Naahh! Not this time. I got to change things up every so often. :)

So without further ado, here are my results:

Here's what Wikipedia says about the L3 Haplogroup: 

It is most common in East Africa, in contrast to others parts of Africa where the haplogroups L1 and L2 represent two thirds of mtDNAs.[8]
L3 is sub-divided into several clades, two of which spawned the macro-haplogroups M and N from which the vast majority of non-Africans are descended.
One of these lineages, defined by loss of the DdeI site at np 10394, represents only a few percent of the African mtDNAs but appears to be the progenitor of roughly half of all European, Asian and Native American mtDNAs."[9]
According to Maca-Meyer et al. (2001), "L3 is more related to Eurasian haplogroups than to the most divergent African clusters L1 and L2".[10] L3 is the haplogroup from which all modern humans outside of Africa derive.[11]

And here's what it says about L3e specifically:

L3e - West-Central Africa. It is the most common L3 sub-clade in Bantu-speaking populations.[15] L3e is suggested to be associated with a Central African origin and is also the most common L3 subclade amongst African Americans, Afro-Brazilians and Caribbeans[16]

The link to the whole Wikipedia entry regarding L3 is here: 

Now, I have only just begun to do some research on the L3 Haplogroup. Hopefully, I will be able to find out more information that will allow me to narrow down further from which people or country my DNA originates from. I will keep you posted on what I find out. Perhaps some of you out there have tested your MtDNA as well. Feel free to share in the comments your findings. 


  1. It's early! I thought you wouldn't hear until November. How exciting. to translate all that information. What a challenge. Looking forward to reading more as you research this further.

  2. I have a lot of L3's I'm sharing genomes with over at 23andMe. And just when I thought I was done DNA-Testing! u got me hyped. I'm still working on the 2 tests I've already taken. I'm U5b1c, so If you see anything pass it on! I love this. Remember that song Deep in the Heart of Texas. Well, I'm singing "Deep in the Heart of Africa!" for you. xoxox's. Congrats!

  3. That is my exact mtdna haplo group! I wrote about it here African Ancestry results said it indicated Mende Aancestry. I also sent my dna results from 23&me to a professor who gives more detail and I have to find those results and post on them too. Anyway, nice to meet somebody with the same mtdna!

    1. Oh Kristin, that is absolutely amazing! I have to go and read your blog post! It indeed is good to know someone else withe the same mtdna :)


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