- mtDNA Member Distribution Map
Our direct maternal ancestors have passed on their mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) generation
after generation. All lines began with our common maternal ancestor in Africa. Over
time, individual lines have branched, and, thus, they mark the path from Africa
to their locations in historic times. Each lineâ€™s present geography shows the path
of this journey. Mapping the locations of our direct maternal ancestors helps us
see similarities and differences in migration patterns. This page displays a map
of the most distantly known direct maternal ancestors for project members.
To display all members of the project, select All from the drop-down menu. You may also select a
specific subgroup from the drop-down menu. In most cases, each participant is represented
by a pushpin. However, if two participants share exactly the same map coordinates,
they will also share a pushpin. Clicking on a pushpin marker will display the mtDNA
branch (haplogroup) and ancestry information for the project member(s) associated
with that marker.