We specialize in finding the specific aspects of your heritage which other ancestral heritage companies may have difficulty discerning. Based on our 200+ group reference population, you may be able to clarify your ancestry further than ever before.
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From person to person, human DNA is around 99.5% identical but there are small differences called variants which make each person’s genome unique.
These variants are linked to a wide range of traits and give us an idea of which ancestral groups you descend from. We generate the personalized report after analyzing your DNA matches with these reference populations.
Along with a detailed geographic and ethnic breakdown of your ancestral origins, we display a heat map overlay within your report which displays geographically where the populations sharing your ancestral genome are dispersed. This may also show related groups that mixed with other neighboring population clusters during the course of history.
*This is for illustration purposes only. Results may vary.
To the right is a sample list of some of our reference populations in alphabetical order. As you can see, our list spans the globe and will assist you immensely in determining your ancestral origins.
Many of these groups are closely related, and there is a high degree of overlap. It is important to note that the regions the African continent encompasses have the widest range in genetic diversity out of all human populations since all modern humans are ultimately descended from groups within this continent.
It is interesting to note that within similar geographic regions there can be unexpected ranges in genetic variation. For example, Ethiopians have been found to have a closer genetic affinity to Armenians than with neighboring Bantu populations and Somalis are more genetically similar to Gulf Arab populations than with other African populations.
To form the data set for our reference panel, we have utilized data from several sources which include the Human Genome Diversity Project, the Simons Genome Diversity Project, Population Reference Sample data set, the 1000 Genomes Project, the International HapMap project, and our own customer outreach program which adds consenting individuals with a deep regional history in a particular region to the reference data set. This customer outreach program has given us access to data which is representative of numerous underserved ethnic groups and regions.
Our algorithms speculatively match customers to approximate regions and ethnic groups using information inferred from the reference data set. Please note that our test does not conclusively prove you have definitive ancestry within the listed population groups since these are speculative algorithmic matches and as such entail a moderate degree of inaccuracy.
*Note: We are adding reference populations on a constant basis, so these lists are updated frequently and may not include all groups which we test for.
The African continent is further subdivided into the regions of North Africa, Northeast Africa, East Africa, Southeast Africa, Southwest Africa, Central Africa, and West Africa.
The Asian continent is divided into the regions of South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia (the Middle East), East Asia, and North Asia (Russia, Siberia).
The European continent is further subdivided into the regions of Northwestern Europe, Western Europe, The Baltic, Southern Europe, Iberia, Central Europe, and Eastern Europe.
The Oceanic region is mainly composed of Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Polynesia, Micronesia, and several smaller island chains.
North and South America
The continents of North and South America are subdivided into the regions of Western North America, Eastern North America, Greenland, Central America, the Caribbean, the Andean Region, the Amazonian Region, and the Chaco Region.
How Is This Determined?
Part of our analysis of your data includes an estimation of your ethnicity. This estimate can give you more details on your ancestral origins and populations which share your genetic makeup.
We compare your raw DNA data to reference populations within our data sets to give you a comprehensive overview of your specific origins. The data we use references DNA samples from individuals with an extensive familial background within individual population groups or geographical regions.
If segments of your DNA closely match with reference samples from specific groups or regions, we have a clear estimate of the ethnic origins of that sample of your DNA. We also reference archaic human species, such as Neanderthals and Denisovans to determine if you share any variants from these two species in your DNA.
To form the data set for our reference panel, we have used data from several sources which include the Human Genome Diversity Project, the Population Reference Sample data set, the 1000 Genomes Project, the International HapMap project, and our own customer outreach program which adds consenting individuals with a deep regional history in a particular region to the reference data set. This customer outreach program has given us access to data which is representative of numerous underserved ethnic groups and regions.
Our algorithms speculatively match customers to approximate regions and ethnic groups using information inferred from the reference data set.
Anything Else I Should Know?
Estimates of ethnic origins based on DNA data always vary from database to database. Results can vary widely based on the data set used, and oftentimes do not identify specific ethnic groups which are not included in their database.
Our system utilizes multiple data sets to estimate your ethnic composition. Human populations have been in a state of perpetual migration for millenia, and thus these populations have displayed constant intermixing between different groups.
Always keep in mind that even though you may have extensive roots within a particular country or region, constant gene flow has prevented a majority of world populations from being completely homogenous and genetically identifiable down to the level of one specific ethnicity. For example, even if you have had an extensive family history in the eastern region of Germany, you may still match with populations in regions within Germany, Poland, and surrounding countries.
Current national boundaries do not always correspond to the ethnic groups within their national borders, and there is a high degree of uncertainty when approaching DNA ethnic estimations. We will process your data to the best of our ability to further clarify your ethnic origins.