Nordics and Baltics

Living DNA, working with the world's leading academics, scientists and genealogists are seeking your help to extend the level of genetic detail within the Nordic and Baltics region, which includes today’s countries such as Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Greenland, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, and more.

About this project

Living DNA, working with the world's leading academics, scientists and genealogists are seeking your help to map the world's genetic ancestry to the finest scale possible. Our preliminary research indicates at least  32 areas of the Nordic and Baltic regions that may have distinct genetic differences.

Nordic and Baltic countries are composed of three main ancient ethno-linguistic groups - these are groups of people unified by a specific ethnicity and language. These language barriers, as well as geographical barriers such as the mountainous Dalarna region between Sweden and Norway, have led to certain historical groups of people in the Nordic and Baltic area becoming genetically distinct from one another. As ancient peoples throughout the Nordic and Baltic regions migrated and resettled, different genetic boundaries were broken and reformed. The aim of the project is to confirm whether the proposed genetic boundaries are correct, and redefine them based upon the genetic data submitted by participants that fall within these regions. By participating in this project, you will help us to map the genetic heritage of the Nordic and Baltic region and show how we are all connected based on our DNA.

(Note: Greenland is also included within this project).

What do I get?

You will be helping to create a legacy for future generations to come, as you are part of the last generation who can help us capture a research project with great detail and accuracy.

In addition, if you upload your DNA for FREE then by mid 2018 you will be able to find DNA matches, using a new type of technology, with other people in the project as well as people who have taken a Living DNA test. This will help those that are interested find new cousins and connect with once unknown relatives around the world. The free upload does not provide an ethnic breakdown.

For those that have not yet had a DNA test and choose to buy a Living DNA test you will also benefit from receiving your detailed family ancestry compared to 80 regions (autosomal DNA), your direct motherline ancestry (mtDNA) back to Africa and males will also receive their detailed fatherline ancestry (YDNA).

How do I qualify?

The One Family project is open to everyone worldwide and has two parts.

  • To build a genetic family tree of everyone from around the world, regardless of where your family comes from.
  • To build a regional genetic breakdown of ancestry within countries, similar to 'The Peopling of the British Isles project'. This part of the project is looking for people with all four grandparents born within 80km (50mi) of each other inside our project areas of interest.

If you qualify for the second part of the project and don’t have DNA results to upload for free, then you will receive a special discount on a Living DNA test should you wish to take part.

How do I take part?

Fill in a short survey about your family ancestry to sign up for the project.

  • Upload your existing autosomal raw DNA data from your current provider, free of charge.
  • Or, if you don't have existing DNA results yet, you can take a Living DNA test and may qualify for a discount if you meet our research criteria.