German DNA Research Project
Help us map the genetic history of Germany
Living DNA and Germany’s largest genealogy society Verein für Computergenealogie e.V. (CompGen), are working with the world's leading academics, scientists and genealogists and seeking your help.
Together we are looking to map the world's genetic ancestry to the finest scale possible, one where we identify patterns of DNA within countries. The resulting expanded database (see www.livingdna.com) enables people across the world to gain more detailed insight into their ancestry and how they are related to the rest of humankind.
Our preliminary research has identified up to 24 distinct areas of interest for our research, where genetic differences are observed and some of these lie beyond the borders of contemporary Germany.
If your ancestors are from contemporary Germany or from an area that was part of a German state in the past (Pomerania, Western Prussia, Eastern Prussia, Posen and Silesia), this is where you come in.
What are the criteria?
In order to map Germany's DNA in the finest resolution possible we are looking for people whose grandparents were all born within 80km of each other.*
If you already have your DNA results then we are also accepting 100 people whose ancestry is all from Germany or any regions that were in Germany at the time of their birth, even if it's from different parts of the country.
* The Living DNA team quality checks each submission to ensure it meets the research criteria above. If you don’t qualify you can still take a Living DNA test and get all the benefits that comes with.
Two Ways to take part
When you "Click to take part in the German DNA Project" you will be asked to fill in a short survey regarding your family ancestry. If you meet the criteria of having all four grandparents born within 80km of each other then you can;
- Transfer your autosomal raw DNA data from another provider, free of charge (23andME, Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA and others)
- Take a Living DNA test at a special project price of 89€ (RRP 159€)
If you do not meet the criteria you can still help the project by taking a regularly priced Living DNA test (159€) and consent for your results to be used for our groundbreaking research.
* We will let you know whether your submission meets the research criteria above within two weeks. If you meet the research criteria, we will send you instructions on how to claim your DNA test at the special project price.
How you benefit
If you transfer your DNA, then as well as helping the One Family project, you will also benefit from:
- Your fine scale ancestry breakdown across up to 80 worldwide regions. Our breakdown goes far beyond your grandparents and is twice as detailed as any other test on the market.
- The ability to find out how you match other people in the project and in the wider Living DNA database, which potentially allows you to discover relatives you did not know about.
- Lifelong membership Living DNA.
If you purchase a Living DNA test you also benefit from:
- Genetic matching.
- Your Motherline (mtDNA) and Fatherline (YDNA) haplogroup migration routes that go back all the way to the beginning of humankind.
- Full access to useful tools for genealogy.
With expert German genealogist guidance
Researchers and genealogists from the Verein für Computergenealogie e.V. (CompGen) led by Dr. Tobias Kemper, are supporting the project with tools, historical expertise and administration. This exclusive partnership extends our collaboration with leading academic and scientific experts ensuring the most robust processes are followed.