The first DNA test to give you a breakdown of your ancestry across the UK
Living DNA is the only ancestry test in the world that shows a more detailed breakdown of your genetic ancestry - first within a country (British Isles only), and then relates your ancestry to the rest of the world. So if you have ancestry from the British Isles we can show where this comes from among 21 regions - be it Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk or North Wales.
This is only possible due to our special computer algorithms that look at not only each piece of your 650,000+ areas of DNA, but also how each piece of DNA is linked together, the method we call DNA Constellations.
Aberdeen and the surrounding areas of Northeast Scotland display a unique genetic signature. From hunter gathers to skilled farmers, the lives of the people in what came to be Scotland were changed forever.
Central England has always been a melting pot - a place where waves of new European customs and people from the south have met and blended with older cultures and customs further north and west. This is a land of myths and legends, the home of Robin Hood and Lady Godiva.
Cornwall is the most south-westerly county in Britain, making it one of the last places to be reached by the Romans and Anglo-Saxons. When the ancestry throughout Cornwall's history is explored, a vast diversity of people and culture is uncovered.
Cumbria is a land where spirituality and industry have intertwined for millennia. Centuries of settlement have contributed to a unique heritage.
Over many millennia people have moved in and out of Devon, from the earliest known humans in northwest Europe residing in Kent’s Cavern in Torquay, to the Norman invaders of 1066.
Forged by flood, the coastal region of East Anglia was created approximately 8000 years ago when Britain first became an island. This is also the region of Boudica, the Iceni Queen who led a revolt against the Romans.
The first people into Ireland likely came by boat from Britain, following new territories and exploiting the new abundance of forage and prey after the last ice age. When you delve deep into Ireland’s past, the story is complex and very interesting.
Bordered to the east by the North Sea, Lincolnshire has come to be characterised at least in part by its relationship with a multitude of Northern European people, who at various times throughout history have sailed from the continent to settle, invade, or trade with Britain. Throughout Medieval times the region was active in the sea trade between England and Northern Europe due to its importance in the wool trade.
Not only is Wales genetically unique, but North Wales is genetically different from South Wales. The timing of migrations and the almost impenetrable mountainous landscape are amongst some of the reasons for such uniqueness.
The area of North and East Yorkshire has always been a magnet to settlers, farmers, traders, and conquerors since the very beginnings of Britain. York itself may no longer be a seat of kings and emperors, but the area surrounding the city has not forgotten the unique legacy that they forged centuries ago.
Through clues found in ancient Welsh poetry and windswept hill forts, we know of a kingdom named Rheged present on Britain’s north west coast around the time when Anglo Saxons were arriving on eastern shores. Split via inheritance, the southern portion of the kingdom appears to match the genetic boundaries found in the Northwest England region today.
Until the end of the last ice age around 12,000 years ago, what we now know as Northwestern Scotland showcased a vast and freezing landscape, with snow as far as the eye could see. This area has been changed throughout the years by migrations and kingdoms, and has a reputation for its independent, warlike tribes.
This land is defined by its geography. Throughout history, Northumbria has meant many things to many people, and its unique story has resulted in a unique genetic signature that can be detected within the region today.
Until the end of the last ice age around 12,000 years ago, what we now know as Orkney showcased a vast and freezing landscape, with snow as far as the eye could see. Orkney can boast a rich and exciting archaeological history from the Neolithic Era and beyond.
South Central England
The first insight into human life here dates back 14,700 years. Multiple migrations from Europe have created a rich and diverse genetic and archaeological history in South Central England.
Southeast England is best characterised as the landing point for the many settlers who have arrived in Britain from Europe over the millennia - prehistoric European hunter gatherers and farmers, Gauls, Romans, Jutes, Saxons, and Normans have all come ashore here after crossing from the continent.
The South England genetic signature reflects the European heritage of this region. South England's proximity to both the maritime world and the mainland of Europe has helped maintain connections that first flourished 12000 years ago.
Southwest Scotland and Northern Ireland
There is a shared genetic signature for the areas now known as Northern Ireland and the Southwest of Scotland, including Dumfries and Galloway. The areas are divided by a watery barrier, yet historical migrations across the sea have led to a shared genetic legacy between them.
South Wales Border
The South Wales border is a place full of imagination and mythical legend - King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are thought to originate in Caerleon, as part of the British defence against the Anglo-Saxons.
Wales is a unique part of Britain and has its own genetic signature. Not only does Wales differ from the rest of Britain, but the genetics of south and North Wales also differ.
This region is the gateway to the North, with numerous settlers and conquerors passing through. Waves of migration from Northern Europe saw Angles, Saxons, and Jutes setting up vast and powerful kingdoms, both displacing and integrating with the indigenous Britons.