Yes. We find matches for your unique DNA in forensic and genetic databases. If you take the DNA Fingerprint Test, we analyze your entire ancestry and determine your main countries of origin on an overall basis. Your matches reflect historical places where your various ancestors lived, such as Portugal, Highlands Scotland, Denmark and the like. If this search is done for your male or female haplotype, we calculate where the most recent common ancestor for those matches lived and what countries his or her descendants migrated from down to the present. For instance, you may discover that your male line came from Scandinavia and your female line from Spain. For a male ancestor, identified by his Y chromosomal markers, these “genetic cousins” go back to the early medieval period, about 1,000 to 1,500 years ago (i.e. 500-1000 CE). This was a time when most surnames were first being created in Europe, so your haplotype history coincides with your pedigree, or surname genealogy. For a female ancestor, the time of origin is measured in thousands of years rather than hundreds. Professor Bryan Sykes at Oxford Ancestors has assigned names like Helena to these ancient female founders.
Which test is best for you depends on which line of descent is of interest to you — or maybe you are interested in ALL your ancestry at once.
Most people begin with a Premium Male Test. This determines their father’s direct-male ancestry, and it also gives you a brief study of your surname in history. Females must identify a male in the family to take this test for them, since the Y-chromosome is passed only to males.
After testing their male line, many people go on to test their mother’s (female, or mitochondrial) line with the Premium Female DNA Test. This test can be done on your stored sample and you do not have to resubmit a sample, but it is better to go with the Premium Combo DNA Test from the start.
Our autosomal (non-sex-linked) DNA tests yield valid results for your entire ancestry, not just the Y chromosomal or mtDNA lineages. The most popular of these is our new DNA Fingerprint Test. It is sensitive enough to find relatively small amounts of “hidden” Native American ancestry,. It can also map out the countries of Europe, Africa and Asia where you are likely to have ancestors.