What does the Living DNA Your Ancestry test include?

Living DNA is built on a custom version of the latest Illumina chip technology, the Global Screening Array (GSA). Each of the over 650,000 markers encoded on our Orion chip is represented at least 15 times, allowing us to present your results to a high precision and accuracy. Our markers have been chosen to provide better representation of a wider range of global populations.

In an all-in-one testing package, you will discover:

  • Our motherline ancestry test will provide details on your direct maternal ancestry.

    This testing results in your maternal haplogroup assignment, which is your "branch" of the human family tree, from your mother's side. You will share an ancient (10s of thousands of years ago) ancestor with everyone who shares your haplogroup. The percentages show you where in the world your haplogroup is most prevalent. The subclade detail of your results will depend on which of the markers that we test for end up positive for your DNA sample.
     
  • Our fatherline ancestry test will provide details of your paternal line (males only)

    Similarly, this testing results in your haplogroup assignment, which is your "branch" of the human family tree, from your father's side. You will share an ancient (10s of thousands of years ago) ancestor with everyone who shares your haplogroup. ​Again, the percentages show you where in the world your paternal haplogroup is most prevalent. The subclade detail of your results will depend on which of the markers that we test for end up positive for your DNA sample. This does not mean that as a female, you do not get results from your paternal side; these will be reflected in your family ancestry results.
     
  • Our family ancestry test includes information on all your ancestors together.

    The resulting percentages answer the question "Which populations in the world is my [autosomal] DNA most similar to?" We’ve built Living DNA to provide ancestry breakdowns up to 80 areas and counting. Please note that at this stage, Living DNA is not able to tell you which parts of your family ancestry come from your mother's side or your father's side, nor which parts come from a certain generation.
     
  • A 'back in time' map showing how We Are All Made Up Of All Of UsTM.
     
  • Free ongoing upgrades in the ancestry platform. In the future, if, we are able to provide finer detail within our existing regions, or we offer additional features in the ancestry platform, your results will be updated automatically.

Learn more about the entire journey here.