When exploring your fatherline you get placed into different groups called haplogroups and subtypes. Your haplogroup is your branch on the fatherline tree, and your subtype is what is most unique to you, a bit like a leaf at the end of branch. Many of us will share the same branch but only a few of us will share the same leaf.
The history of your fatherline group
Our anthropologists and scientific experts have explored published literature to present the history of your direct fatherline, your haplogroup (branch) as accurately as possible. It’s important to note that whilst we only use proven sources, this part of science is constantly changing and the actual details of your deep ancestors are not known as fact.
Where is your fatherline group found?
When we explore your fatherline haplogroup, we find it’s found in different parts of the world at different frequencies. To help you see this, we’ve built an interactive map showing the countries and frequencies where your fatherline ancestry can be found. These maps are based on present day political boundaries, which genetics don’t necessarily follow, so it’s for illustrative purposes only.
Your fatherline's migration
A topic of on-going debate is the possibility of tracing the migration paths of our ancestors. In the case of the fatherline, we provide a simple interactive map showing a current understanding of the migration history for your specific fatherline.
How your fatherline group connects to others
With the possibility of falling into hundreds of different haplogroups, we show your group on what’s called a phylogenetic tree. This helps you see where you fit in context of the rest of the fatherline groups.
Famous people in your fatherline
Perhaps you share a haplogroup or subtype with a famous king, or individual from around the world. With a growing database of famous DNA groups, if you have any of these matches, then we’ll flag this up for you. It doesn’t mean you’re directly descended and in line for the crown, but we can show you if you are in the same group.
The most technically advanced test
The fatherline ancestry component of the Living DNA Orion chip is one that has taken over a year of development with experts in the field. Prof. Mark Jobling and Dr. Pille Hallast have been instrumental in helping select the markers that matter. A careful and methodical approach has been taken, comparing data from the 1,000 Genomes Project, ISOGG and a study by Dr. Hallast, in order to construct a tree and select the markers that are robust and useful for both genealogical and academic purposes.