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Downloading mtDNA Data

Your mtDNA data is available to download in a variety of formats. This includes your matches, mutations, and any data transferred from the National Geographic Genographic Project. Each data type is accessed differently and contains different information.

mtDNA Matches Download

Note: The option to download your matches list and segment data is currently unavailable as we work on enhancements. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

Your list of mtDNA Matches is available to download as a CSV file. These downloads are available on the mtDNA Matches page.

Accessing mtDNA Matches Page 

You can access your mtDNA Matches page from your dashboard or from your navigation bar.

To access from your dashboard:

  1. Sign in to your kit.
  2. On your dashboard, locate the mtDNA Results & Tools widget.
  3. On the mtDNA Results & Tools widget, click the mtDNA Matches button. 

To access from your navigation bar:

  1. Sign in to your kit.
  2. On the navigation bar at the top of the page, go to Results & Tools > mtDNA >  Matches.

Downloading CSV File

By default, your match list will show matches at the highest level of testing available. For example, if you have purchased an mtFull Sequence test and have matches at the HVR1, HVR2, and Coding Region level, your list will show only these matches.

You can use the filter options at the top of your match list to select the list you wish to download. This can be matches who are in a particular project, who share a particular last name, or only match at a certain level. 

After you have refined your match list to your specifications, you can download your file. 

To download your CSV file: 

  1. On your mtDNA Matches page, in the lower right corner, click the orange CSV button. 

Note that the file will only contain the matches that fit your filter criteria. The downloaded file will contain the following information:

  • Name - Includes the matches' names as they have listed them with separate columns for Full name, First Name, Middle Name, and Last Name.
  • Email - The primary email address provided by your match.
  • Earliest Known Ancestor - This lists any information about the Earliest Known direct maternal ancestor that your match has provided.
  • Haplogroup - Lists the maternal haplogroup of your match.
  • Match Date - This indicates the date you and the match were identified. This may be the date you tested, they tested, or that either of you upgraded to a higher level of mtDNA testing.

mtDNA Mutations Download

You can download your mtDNA nucleotide sequence as a FASTA file from your mtDNA Mutations page. 

Accessing mtDNA Mutations Page

You can access your mtDNA Mutations page from your dashboard or from your navigation bar.

To access from your dashboard:

  1. Sign in to your kit.
  2. On your dashboard, locate the mtDNA Results & Tools widget.
  3. On the mtDNA Results & Tools widget, click the See More button, and select Mutations from the list menu.

To access from your navigation bar:

  1. Sign in to your kit.
  2. On the navigation bar at the top of the page, go to Results & Tools > mtDNA > Mutations.

Downloading FASTA File 

To download your FASTA file: 

  1. On your mtDNA Mutations page, in the lower right corner, click the orange FASTA button. 

Your downloaded FASTA file will contain your mtDNA nucleotide sequence as compared to phylotree Build 17. This will be a text-based file in the order of HVR2, CR, and HVR1.

National Geographic Geno 2.0 mtDNA download

Customers who have transferred results to FamilyTreeDNA from the now-discontinued National Geographic Geno 2.0 test are able to download a copy of the mitochondrial results it contained.

Accessing mtDNA Data Download

You can access mtDNA Data Download from your dashboard.

To access from your dashboard:

  1. Sign in to your kit.
  2. On your dashboard, locate the mtDNA Results & Tools widget.
  3. On the mtDNA Results & Tools widget, click the See More button, and select Data Download from the list menu. Your data is downloaded. 

For mtDNA, the Geno 2.0 test sequenced roughly 3,500 mitochondrial Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and compared customer DNA results for these SNPs to the mitochondrial revised Cambridge Reference Sequence (rCRS) for mtDNA. The data download contains all SNPs that differ from the rCRS reference. This will include:

  • Chromosome - This indicates which chromosome the mitochondrial Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) are found on. Because mitochondria do not have chromosomes in the same way other types of DNA do, this field will say mt.
  • Position - The location of the SNP based on rCRS reference sequence.
  • Result - Your specific value (A, C, T, or G) for this location.

 

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