The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) has built the world's foremost collection of mitochondrial DNA data and corresponding genealogies. Currently, the Sorenson mtDatabase contains data from more than 76,000 people throughout the world.
Both men and women have mtDNA, which they inherit from their mothers, who in turn, inherit their mtDNA from their mothers. This makes mtDNA an excellent tool for maternal line research.
Searching the mtDatabase allows us to find cousins who may be connected across generations and around the world.
Other individuals with exact matches may share a common ancestor, though it can be difficult to determine how far in the past that common ancestor may have lived without the genealogical information found in pedigree charts.
To search the Sorenson mtDatabase, simply go to the mtSearch page and follow the instructions on the screen. You may enter mtDNA results obtained from any commercial lab.
If you have not participated in the SMGF project, click here to learn how to add your DNA results and pedigree chart to the Sorenson Database.