GPS Origins® Algorithm - Upload Your Raw Data

Pinpoint your ancestry, going back 1,000 years or more!

Overview

Overview

Use data from a previous ancestry test to get even more accurate results through GPS Origins!

Already have a high-resolution autosomal DNA test? No need to swab and submit DNA again.The GPS Origins algorithm accepts the raw data DNA test results from Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeDNA,  23andMe, and National Geographic. 

Effective October 18, 2017 - Please note that you cannot upload 23andMe© V5 at this time: earlier versions are fine. If you have V5, please check back later; we are adjusting our algorithm to accommodate the V5 changes. 

GPS Origins® is a revolutionary DNA test  for ancestry that takes you deep into your family history. Traditionally, a DNA test for ancestry provides a report of your “ethnicity” and locates parts of your DNA in broad continental sweeps, but nothing specific, not even to the country level. 

The analysis combines the latest genetic research with a new ancestral tracking technique to pinpoint more precisely where your DNA began.

This advanced autosomal ancestry test is so specific, it may even indicate the town or village where groups of your ancestors from different cultures met—building a vibrant picture of the migration journeys that formed your deep genealogical heritage.

  • New ancestral tracking technique pinpoints your ancestry 
  • 80,000 autosomal genetic markers tested, 1,000+ reference populations analyzed, 41 gene pools analyzed
  • Simple and painless cheek swab to collect your DNA sample
  • Top-rated  accredited lab, with privacy-protected service and expert staff

Results Back:

  • Within 24 hours

Details

Details

The GPS Origins® test is the leading ancestry test in terms of accuracy, analyzing over 80,000 markers, 41 gene pools and 1,000+ reference populations. Now you can pinpoint your DNA using existing data from your previous ancestral test. This test has the ability to trace a person's signature going back 1,000 years or more and provides a level of specificity no other ancestral test can replicate: Results provide pinpoint geographical-local information—sometimes to within a radius of 20 miles—by identifying geographic coordinates, much like a car's GPS system. When you upload your existing autosomal data, you get a fully-personalized report based on our unique analysis of your genetic signature.

Your 3-Part Results Report:

  • Identifies your top three ancestral origins (the gene pools or ancestral communities that contributed significant portions of your genetic makeup) and shows the percentages of DNA you inherited from each. The report is much more detailed than a simple “ethnicity test
  • Contains maps illustrating the two most important migration journeys and describes how your ancestors’ circumstances changed as they crossed continents to find better lives
  • Provides a summary page of helpful links to discover additional information to reveal your ancestral origins

This DNA heritage test:

  • Identifies when and where your DNA formed by matching the populations that came together to create a genetic line leading to you
  • Traces the migration route of your DNA back to where it originated from and dated the age of your DNA signature. It does this for both your maternal and paternal lineages indicating where your DNA began



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The Science

The Science

Science behind the Test

GPS Origins® is a revolutionary DNA test that enables you to trace your family history based on DNA mixture events that began over 1,000 years ago. It provides maternal and paternal migration routes with precision targeting—sometimes down to the village or town. Current DNA tests used for genealogy locate where fragments of your DNA formed within countries or continents. Typically you find that some of your ancestors come from Western Europe, Africa, or South Asia, and you are given broad estimates of ethnicity. This type of DNA test generally cannot identify a radius of your origins to particular locations with longitude and latitude and it defines your ancestry using the modern-day population names. GPS Origins overcomes the limitations of older DNA tests by using a new ancestral tracking technique that leverages unique markers in your DNA to pinpoint specific places where your DNA was formed. These markers were carefully selected to inform us of the particular routes your ancestors took.

The Science Behind the Test

This DNA test is based on a new way of viewing human populations that considers everyone as mixed from different gene pools. This model is fundamentally different from existing ancestry testing which suggests that humans branched from a small number of populations that changed over time. Instead, GPS Origins relies upon the genetic uniqueness created by mixing 41 global gene pools in different proportions—more than twice the number being used by other methods. As such, it captures ancient events, like the migration of Indo-Iranian people into Europe around 2500 BC. The gene pools describe the geographical origins of your DNA molecule as passed along the generational lines.

The test utilizes autosomal DNA inherited from chromosomes 1-22, which are more sensitive to the genetic signature of your most recent common ancestors compared to the Y and mitochondria chromosomes. To trace the origin of your DNA, GPS Origins splits your gene pool's unique signature into its two primary components, roughly corresponding to paternal and maternal, but not always. For example, people whose two parents are of English descent may find that GPS Origins traced their ancestries to Italy and Scandinavia, probably because the Romans and Vikings, who conquered England, contributed most to their ancestry. After determining the two head points, GPS Origins calculates the migration routes that your ancestors’ DNA took, using large circles to represent uncertainty and smaller circles for higher confidence in the geographical region. Circles represent the places where your ancestors' DNA stayed and mixed with the local inhabitants of these lands.

The migration routes are not a literal travel itinerary of your DNA. If there was no gene exchange with the local population at a particular site, GPS Origins will not report this site, although your ancestors may have traveled there. Moreover, in cases of big migrations of population A into population B, if population A continues marrying within the group, GPS Origins would trace its geographical origins to the original A site, although population A has been physically living with population B for a very long time. Finally, GPS Origins uses specific mutations in your DNA to date the most recent migration events. It can then offer an explanation as to what may have incentivized your ancestors to move from point A to point B at this particular time period.

The Test Creator

The GPS Origins algorithm was developed at the University of Sheffield in 2016, led by the research team of Dr. Eran Elhaik. Dr. Elhaik, a population geneticist, was one of the collaborators on an early version of the technology in 2012 called Geno 2.0 on behalf of the National Geographic Society. Most recently, the journal Nature Communications published a peer-reviewed paper describing the science behind the algorithm on April 29th, 2014. The accuracy of the test was demonstrated by identifying the DNA signature of ancient Ashkenazic Jews and their formation approximately 1,500-2,000 years ago.  

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How It Works

How It Works

5 Easy Steps for Uploading your Existing DNA Data:

  1. Choose Select One at the top of this product page to select a testing company from the dropdown menu
  2. Click Choose File and upload your raw-data file from that company (it must be in .ZIP format; see How to Download Your Data tab for information on downloading data from different companies)
  3. Click Add to Cart
  4. Create an account or log in to your existing HomeDNA account
  5. Pay for your test

It really is just that easy! Testing takes only 24 hours and you'll be notified by email when the report is ready.

How to Download Your Data

How to Download Your Data

GPS Origins uses raw data from other companies to provide you with a unique new ancestry report. Choose from the list below specific to the company you previously used.

Note: When downloading your data from Family Tree DNA™, 23andMe®,National Geographic™Geno 2.0™, or AncestryDNA™, save the raw data as a Zip file. Do not alter the file or change the file name.

Effective October 18, 2017 - Please note that you cannot upload 23andMe© V5 at this time: earlier versions are fine. If you have V5, please check back later; we are adjusting our algorithm to accommodate the V5 changes. 

Family Tree DNA™ Instructions

  1. Go to https://www.familytreedna.com
  2. Click “Sign In to myFTDNA” in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Enter your username and password to access your account.
  4. Click “Download Raw Data” from the right side of the page.
  5. Review the privacy content provided.
  6. Examine the Raw Data options and choose “Build 37 Autosomal Raw Data”.
  7. Save the Zip file to your computer.
  8. Login to your GPS Origins account and click “Upload Raw DNA Data.”
  9. Choose your Family Tree DNA™ Family Finder zip file.
  10. When the upload is complete, you will receive the message “DNA Data Upload Complete”.

* If you need assistance, please email customersupport@homedna.com.

 

23andMe Instructions 

  1. Go to https://www.23andme.com/
  2. Click “Sign In” in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Enter your email address and password to access your account.
  4. Click your name/profile to the right of the navigation bar and select “Browse Raw Data” from the menu.
  5. Click “Download” at top right of the page.
  6. Review the raw data download and privacy content provided.
  7. Enter your Password and answer the Secret Question.
  8. Go to the “Profile:” box select your (name) data.
  9. Go to the “Dataset:” box and select “All DNA”.
  10. Click the “Download Data” box.
  11. Save the Zip file to your computer.
  12. Login to your GPS Origins account and click “Upload Raw DNA Data.”
  13. Choose your 23andMe zip file.
  14. When the upload is complete, you will receive the message “DNA Data Upload Complete”.

* If you need assistance, please email customersupport@homedna.com.

 

National Geographic™/The Genographic Project™/Geno 2.0™ Instructions

  1. Go to https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/
  2. Click “Sign In” in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Enter your username and password to access your account.
  4. Click your “Profile” from the blue menu.
  5. Select “Expert Options” from the gray menu.
  6. Review the privacy content provided.
  7. Click “Download.csv”.
  8. Save the file marked “Autosomal.csv” to your computer.
  9. Save the file in a zip file. You will need the zip format to upload it to our site.
  10. Login to your GPS Origins account and click “Upload Raw DNA Data.”
  11. Upload your zip file.
  12. When the upload is complete, you will receive the message “DNA Data Upload Complete."

* If you need assistance, please email customersupport@homedna.com.

 

AncestryDNA™ Instructions

  1. Go to http://www.ancestry.com/
  2. Click “Sign In” in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Enter your email address and password to access your account.
  4. Click “DNA” from the main menu bar.
  5. Select “Your DNA Home Page”.
  6. Click “Manage Test Settings” to the right of the orange “View Results” box.
  7. Select “Get Started” in the right hand box under “Download our raw DNA data”.
  8. Enter your password and accept the privacy terms.
  9. Check your email and click the link provided to activate the download.
  10. Click the “Confirm Data Download”.
  11. Select “Download DNA Raw Data”.
  12. Save the Zip file to your computer.
  13. Login to your GPS Origins account and click “Upload Raw DNA Data.”
  14. Choose your AncestryDNA™ zip file.
  15. When the upload is complete, you will receive the message “DNA Data Upload Complete”. 

* If you need assistance, please email customersupport@homedna.com.

Resources

Resources

Read further about the legendary research and significant historical finds that lead to the creation of GPS Origins: 

The Diversity of REcent and Ancient huMan (DREAM): A New Microarray for Genetic Anthropology and Genealogy, Forensics, and Personalized Medicine  December 2017
DREAM can be used to study the genetic relationships between ancient humans, archaic hominins, and modern humans as well as to improve our understanding of human migratory history. 

Conversations with Eran Elhaik: Tracking Ancient Migrations July 2017
Q&A with Dr. Elhaik, the creator of GPS Origins. By applying evolutionary genomics to populations, Dr. Elhaik is able to discern snapshots of people by tracing their geographic movements.

My Genealogy Results from Multiple DNA Tests May 2017
A comparison of Family Tree DNA, Ancestry DNA and GPS Origins.

DNA Uncovers Ancient Ashkenaz, Predicts Where Yiddish Originated April 2016
Localizing Ashkenazic Jews to primeval villages in the ancient Iranian lands of Ashkenaz.

Y-Chromosomal Adam Lived 208,300 Years Ago, Says New Study May 2014
The extremely ancient chromosome that still isn’t.

Yale Researchers Map 6,000 Years of Urban Settlements June 2014
Academic-generated database showing long-term trends of urban population densities from 2000 BC to +1000 AD.

Ground-breaking technique traces DNA direct to your ancestor's home 1,000 years ago January 2014
Geographic Population structure analysis of worldwide human populations infers their bio-geographical origins.

FAQs

FAQs

Customers trust us with their most sensitive genetic information—and we take that trust seriously. DNA results and personally-identifiable information are kept completely confidential and are not sold to or shared with a third party (except in connection with a merger/sale of our company), unless we are legally compelled to do so. We may use aggregate anonymous data (information that cannot be traced back to a specific individual) for research and marketing purposes and to improve our services. Respecting our customers’ privacy is at the heart of what we do.

See our Privacy Policy 

      5 Easy Steps: 

      1. Choose Select One at the top of this product page to choose a testing company from the dropdown menu
      2. Click Choose File and upload your raw-data file from that company (it must be in .ZIP format)
      3. Click Add to Cart
      4. Create an account or log in to your existing HomeDNA account
      5. Pay for your test

      It really is just that easy! Testing takes just 24 hours and you'll be notified by email when the report is ready.

      Other DNA tests for ancestry provide a limited ethnic composition at a regional or country level. For example, they might indicate 33% East Asian, 40% sub-Saharan African and 27% European.

      GPS Origins goes beyond these broad ethnic classifications to identify your ancestral origins to a precise geographic location using an unprecedented number of gene pools and reference populations.

      This is an Autosomal DNA test, also known as a SNP (pronounced ‘snip’) test. It extracts markers from your Y-Chromosome DNA, X-Chromosome DNA and Mitochondrial DNA.

      There are four types of DNA:

      • Y-DNA, which only occurs on the Y-chromosome, is passed down from father to son through the generations, and is only inherited by males.
      • X-DNA, which only occurs on the X-chromosome, is inherited by women from both parents, and by men from the mother.
      • Mitochondrial DNA (also known as mitochondria or mtDNA) is passed down through the maternal line, and is inherited by sons and daughters, but only passed on by females. It is the least changeable type of DNA, found outside the cell nucleus, not on a chromosome.
      • Autosomal DNA can be inherited from hundreds of thousands of your ancestors through the ages. Autosomal DNA can be found in 22 chromosomes, and provides 90% of your DNA.

      This test examines nearly 80,000 of your autosomal markers (SNPs) and compares them with the distinctive mutations in the gene pools of 1,000+ reference populations. This pinpoints the places and times where your DNA last changed.

      The accuracy depends on your family history. If your parents are from the same place or two different locations, and not mixed themselves, the test can trace your DNA signature back to the country of origin 90% of the time. The test will predict the correct continent for everyone.

      In a study of people from across the world, the GPS Origins’ algorithm predicted continental origins with 98% accuracy, assigned 83% of the individuals to their country of origin, and, where applicable, 66% of them to their regional locations.

      If your ancestors were from Western Europe, and your parents came from the same region, not moving far from the place that they came from, the test will place your DNA signature within 50 miles of its true origin, and often closer.

      Your results will show the origin as a point on a map. Any expected error appears as a circle around the point - the smaller the circle, the more accurate the result. The accuracy also depends on the size of the reference population in a given area; the larger the reference group, the more accurate the results will be.

      It's usually one of two reasons:

      1. The raw data you upload must be in .ZIP format. Please do not try to upload a PDF, Word, or other type of file
      2. This may be the result of an insufficient amount of DNA data for the GPS Origins algorithm to calculate your report. We recommend going back to your original provider of the data and requesting a full data file

      While we accept results from other companies, we recommend using the GPS Origins test. The GPS Origins DNA test includes many unique markers that cannot be found in other commercial tests.  Additionally, if you upload raw data from another ancestry test, please understand that your Advanced Autosomal results are dependent on the quality of their genotyping. Lower quality genotypes may affect your GPS Origins results..

      GPS Origins test allows you to trace your DNA back around 1,000 years, or more, to the place where your DNA began.

      The test uses 41 global gene pools to calculate the genetic signature of your autosomal DNA. For example: Fennoscandia 19%, Southern France 14%, Orkney Islands 20%, and so on. Next, it compares your unique DNA signature to populations all over the world (who we know have lived in the same location for a substantial period) to locate where your DNA began. In some cases, GPS Origins traces your DNA to the village or town level. Finally, it calculates two genetic lineages by tracing the migration routes of your DNA, using its ancient signature moving back through time.

      The test looks at the genetic composition of your DNA—your DNA signature—and compares it to a database of over 10,000 signatures from 1,000+ populations with known geographic locations to identify the place where it began about 1,000 years ago.

      We have identified 41 gene pools around the world. Each human population is made up of a mixture of these gene pools. In the distant past, individual migrations were rare. Genetic mixing tended to occur when large groups of people moved from one area to another, through invasion or mass migration. As the incoming gene pool mixed with the local one, a new genetic signature was created across the whole population.

      The GPS Origins test assumes that your DNA signature is unique to you but shares many characteristics with the populations or tribes from which it originated. By comparing your DNA to the signature mixes within different populations, GPS Origins can pinpoint the origin of your DNA.

      The algorithm works out the differences, or genetic ‘distance’ between your DNA and the DNA population signatures in our database, and converts them to geographic distances. Then, like a car satellite navigation system, it uses the distances to calculate the coordinates of your DNA origin, which marks the spot where your DNA most recently changed at the population level. It occurs when two different populations came together and created your DNA signature.

      Using a similar method, GPS Origins then works backward to find two more points and plots the journey to where your DNA was mixed. It repeats this calculation for each element of your parental DNA.

      Your report presents mixture proportions from 41 possible gene pools that cover the whole world as well as the history of the primary gene pools. Your report also shows the geographical origins of your DNA, which could be a country or as close to the nearest town. Your DNA signature was created when two different population groups mixed and created a new genetic signature—the one that you ultimately inherited.

      You also see two migration routes for your DNA—one for each side of your family—back to where it came from, which may originate up to 10,000 years ago. Finally, GPS Origins dates the age of your DNA signature corresponding to when it last underwent a substantial change at the population level.

      GPS Origins is a great tool to help you research your family tree!

      A Gene Pool, also referred to as Ancestral Origin, is the collective set of genetic information within a distinct region where populations had limited interactions with populations from outside the group for up to about 20,000 or 60,000 years. So far, 41 human gene pools around the world have been identified with each human population made up of a mixture of several such gene pools. In the distant past, genetic mixing tended to occur when large groups of people moved from one area to another, through invasion or mass migration. The GPS Origins test pinpoints the origin of your DNA by comparing it to the signature mixtures in different populations. Your personalized report shows the percentages of DNA you inherited and provides you with the history of the top three Gene Pools.

      View Gene Pool References

      Also referred to as a Study Base, a reference population is a defined, representative sample of individuals during a specific time range used to establish norms for reference ranges. GPS Origins uses 1,000+ reference populations in its database when calculating your results. This large number of reference populations, obtained from publicly-referenced data-sets, along with the 41 gene pools, helps deliver the accuracy in your GPS Origins results.

      View Reference Populations


      A Migration Pattern is the path your DNA traveled over the past 2,000-4,000 years. The GPS Origins test traces your migration route back to where it originated and dates the age of your DNA signature. The test provides this information for both your parental lineages, indicating where your DNA began. Your results are detailed in a report that reveals a vibrant picture of where and how your ancestors lived, and the conditions that led them to migrate. It also contains maps illustrating the two most important migration journeys and describes how your ancestors’ circumstances changed as they crossed continents to find better lives. Note: The GPS Origins test is an Autosomal (SNP) test that is not gender specific. Although both Migration Patterns represent your Maternal and Paternal DNA route, we cannot differentiate which route is specifically your parents’ individual route at this time.

      GPS Origins ancestry test does not report the geographic origins of individual ancestors, but the geographical origin of your DNA. You can be certain that some of your ancestors came from these places within the period indicated.

      Assume that your four grandparents came from East Asia. Although they are four different individuals, their DNA signature is very similar, and the GPS Origins test would count that as one. In other words, when your ancestors stay in the same place and reuse the same genes it does not change the DNA signature; this is considered a single DNA signature and will infer its East Asian geographical origins.

      Discovering your genetic origin will help you answer the question of where you are from beyond the written record of your family history. It can help you open up further avenues of research and you can learn more about the lives of your ancestors at the point in history when your DNA began.

      Your ‘ancestral family’ is much larger than your immediate family and you may be able to find out much more about their lives and culture with GPS Origins.

      Because this ancestry testing provides an accurate location, you can discover more about the place where your distant ancestors originated. This test helps you use historical and archaeological research to find out about the time and conditions in which your distant ancestors lived.

      GPS Origins shows the origin of your DNA and those of other GPSO customers who choose to share their results. These results are indicative of tribal DNA membership, but not necessarily direct familial relationships.

      In the case that one of your parents is of mixed origins because your grandparents are from two different places (e.g., England and Greece), GPS Origins migration lines for that parent would be traced along the middle migration paths of your grandparents (e.g., Hungary). This could be revealed via a larger circle (greater radius) around a stopping point, reflecting higher uncertainty in this area. GPS Origins is the story of your DNA, not necessarily of people. Your (and their) DNA may indeed have come from a region that no one remembers existed.

      We are constantly developing improved tools that will give you more accurate and informative questions about your past, so stay tuned.

      GPS Origins reports the results for two lineages (your parents) which may indicate your parental origins that were inherited from your maternal and paternal grandparents, and so on down the maternal and paternal line.

      If your grandparents and parents are of mixed ancestry, the test identifies the most dominant origins, which may differ between siblings because they inherited different genetic material from each parent.

      For example, imagine that your parents have hazel and brown eyes. You and your sibling(s) may have blue, hazel, or brown eyes because each one of you inherited a different trait from each parent.

      So which sibling’s GPS Origins results are the most correct? They all are correct because each tells a story of different ancestral traits from your family. Despite coming from the same parents, the genetic traits of you and your sibling(s) may show the different path your ancestors have chosen. Combining sibling results together would yield your complete family story. The only siblings with the same result would be identical twins because they have identical DNA.

      In the case that one of your parents is of mixed origins because your grandparents are from two different places (e.g., England and Greece), GPS Origins migration lines for that parent may be traced along the middle migration paths of your grandparents (e.g., Hungary). This could be revealed via a larger circle (greater radius) around a stopping point, reflecting higher uncertainty in this area. GPS Origins is the story of your DNA—not necessarily of people. Your (and their) DNA may indeed have come from a region that no one remembers existed.

      We are constantly developing improved tools that will give you more accurate and informative questions about your past, so stay tuned.

      GPS Origins always reports the results for two lineages, which should roughly correspond to the origin of your parents. The test works best for people with DNA from no more than two different places; that is to say, people whose parents are from different places but are not themselves mixed. For people with more mixing, say, four grandparents from various places across the globe, the test will report the midpoint between the four places.

      The next generation of this DNA testing for ancestry will reveal the genetic origins for people with significantly mixed genetic backgrounds.

      If someone with a high percentage (+30%) of Native American ancestry is tested on GPS Origins, the report would reveal a high percentage of the North American gene pool and migration point(s). People with a more diverse genetic mixture may not show gene pools and migration points of origin in North America.

      The test will tell you where your DNA is from and may help you get started on your search to find your birth family and to help you build a family tree.

      An ‘ethnic group’ is considered a group with shared characteristics such as culture, language, religion and traditions, and sees itself or is perceived by others as a distinct community. It is not necessarily genetic and definitions of what is a distinct ethnic group may vary from place to place.

      This DNA test for ancestry tells you where your DNA began. It is more accurate than your ethnicity, which refers to a much bigger group of people that may reside in multiple places. Genetic origin, therefore tells you much more about the smaller group of individuals who were your ancestors.

      The algorithm was developed at the University of Sheffield by the research team of Dr. Eran Elhaik who also developed the original algorithm published in a peer-reviewed paper in the highly respected Nature communications journal (Elhaik et al. 2014. Nature communications). In that article, the authors showed that the algorithm traced individuals back to their country, island, and the village of origins. The accuracy of the test was demonstrated by the DNA signature of ancient Ashkenazic Jews, formed some 1500-2000 years ago (Das et al. 2016. Genome Biology and Evolution).

      This test calculates positions according to your DNA, gene pools, and over 862 reference populations. Occasionally, your genetic location may reside over a pond or river, but don’t be alarmed: it doesn’t mean your DNA has originated in the water but rather, that today, the water is  very close to the region where your DNA originated. Moreover, since our test establishes a location according to genetic proximity of your DNA and its similarities to various reference populations – you will also see a circle surrounding your data point, which represents a margin of error (or range) where your DNA may have formed.

      The circle surrounding each data point represents a margin of error (or range).

      Our Starter Ancestry Test’s report states " the breakdown is based on four percentage groups: indigenous American, European–South Asian, East Asian, and sub-Sahara African.” GPS Origins’ analysis includes much more detailed and specific information.

      If you are interested in learning more about your ancestry, please consider GPS Origins. We developed this test with our customers in mind as they requested more details of their past. GPS Origins is a revolutionary DNA test for ancestry that takes you deep into your family history. Traditionally, these tests provide a breakdown of your ancestry and locate parts of your DNA in broad continental sweeps, but nothing specific, not even to the country level. The advanced ancestry test combines the latest genetic research with a new ancestral tracking technique to pinpoint more precisely where your DNA began using the latest technology and algorithms. GPS Origins can pinpoint the town or village where groups of your ancestors from different cultures met—building a vibrant picture of the migration journeys that formed your deep genealogical heritage.

      GPS Origins uses raw data from other companies to provide you with a unique new ancestry report. Choose from the list below specific to the company you previously used.

      Note: When downloading your data from Family Tree DNA™, 23andMe® ,National Geographic™Geno 2.0™, or AncestryDNA™,save the raw data as a Zip file. Do not alter the file or change the file name.

      Effective October 18, 2017 - Please note that you cannot upload 23andMe© V5 at this time: earlier versions are fine. If you have V5, please check back later; we are adjusting our algorithm to accommodate the V5 changes. 

      Family Tree DNA™ Instructions

      1. Go to https://www.familytreedna.com
      2. Click “Sign In to myFTDNA” in the upper right-hand corner.
      3. Enter your username and password to access your account.
      4. Click “Download Raw Data” from the right side of the page.
      5. Review the privacy content provided.
      6. Examine the Raw Data options and choose “Build 37 Autosomal Raw Data”.
      7. Save the Zip file to your computer.
      8. Login to your GPS Origins account and click “Upload Raw DNA Data.”
      9. Choose your Family Tree DNA™ Family Finder zip file.
      10. When the upload is complete, you will receive the message “DNA Data Upload Complete”.

      * If you need assistance, please email customersupport@homedna.com.

       

      23andMe Instructions

      1. Go to https://www.23andme.com/
      2. Click “Sign In” in the upper right hand corner.
      3. Enter your email address and password to access your account.
      4. Click your name/profile to the right of the navigation bar and select “Browse Raw Data” from the menu.
      5. Click “Download” at top right of the page.
      6. Review the raw data download and privacy content provided.
      7. Enter your Password and answer the Secret Question.
      8. Go to the “Profile:” box select your (name) data.
      9. Go to the “Dataset:” box and select “All DNA”.
      10. Click the “Download Data” box.
      11. Save the Zip file to your computer.
      12. Login to your GPS Origins account and click “Upload Raw DNA Data.”
      13. Choose your 23andMe zip file.
      14. When the upload is complete, you will receive the message “DNA Data Upload Complete”.

      * If you need assistance, please email customersupport@homedna.com.

       

      National Geographic™/The Genographic Project™/Geno 2.0™ Instructions

      1. Go to https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/
      2. Click “Sign In” in the upper right hand corner.
      3. Enter your username and password to access your account.
      4. Click your “Profile” from the blue menu.
      5. Select “Expert Options” from the gray menu.
      6. Review the privacy content provided.
      7. Click “Download.csv”.
      8. Save the file marked “Autosomal.csv” to your computer.
      9. Save the file in a zip file. You will need the zip format to upload it to our site.
      10. Login to your GPS Origins account and click “Upload Raw DNA Data.”
      11. Upload your zip file.
      12. When the upload is complete, you will receive the message “DNA Data Upload Complete."

      * If you need assistance, please email customersupport@homedna.com.

       

      AncestryDNA™ Instructions

      1. Go to http://www.ancestry.com/
      2. Click “Sign In” in the upper right hand corner.
      3. Enter your email address and password to access your account.
      4. Click “DNA” from the main menu bar.
      5. Select “Your DNA Home Page”.
      6. Click “Manage Test Settings” to the right of the orange “View Results” box.
      7. Select “Get Started” in the right hand box under “Download our raw DNA data”.
      8. Enter your password and accept the privacy terms.
      9. Check your email and click the link provided to activate the download.
      10. Click the “Confirm Data Download”.
      11. Select “Download DNA Raw Data”.
      12. Save the Zip file to your computer.
      13. Login to your GPS Origins account and click “Upload Raw DNA Data.”
      14. Choose your AncestryDNA™ zip file.
      15. When the upload is complete, you will receive the message “DNA Data Upload Complete”. 

      * If you need assistance, please email customersupport@homedna.com.

      For your convenience, we've created a glossary with explanations of some of the most common terms you're likely to come across during your DNA test for ancestry

      See the Glossary of Ancestry Terms

      Because this test is autosomal, paternal and maternal lines cannot be distinguished by name. But you can be sure one is your maternal line and one is your paternal line. Most of our customers are able to deduce which is which based on knowledge of their own family histories.

      About This Brand

      About This Brand

      Launched in 2016, GPS Origins® ancestry tests provide the very latest in next-generation genetic technology and methodology, and is offered by DNA Diagnostics Center.

      Established in 1995, DNA Diagnostics Center (“DDC”) was founded on the belief that the technological advancements in DNA testing should translate to services that are accessible and affordable to everyone. We have built an international reputation based on our commitment to reliability, innovation, and value by offering DNA testing services for paternity and other family relationships, forensics, genetic trait tests for animal breeders and veterinarians, and now for ancestry research. DDC DNA testing services are nationally and internationally recognized through multiple accreditations.

      As a leader in DNA testing, we offer:

      • A fully-accredited laboratory with cutting-edge technology to ensure accuracy
      • Expert PhDs to conduct results screening, testing and research
      • A secured facility with established screening protocols guarantees privacy and security

      For over 20 years, we have earned the trust of our customers by carefully handling more than 10 million DNA samples. Your DNA data test results will always remain confidential, and we will not sell your personal data to third parties. 

      GPS Origins™ Algorithm - Upload Your Raw Data is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 53.
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from more building blocks of family information I've been blessed to know several members of 4-generations of my family. I thought I knew "where" we came from and had previously used DNA to find out "who". With Origins I've found that I need to expand my horizons and really look at "where". It's so much fun to use these maps, historical information, etc. on parts of the world I know almost nothing about. I'm really hooked now.
      Date published: 2017-09-23
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Discovered service only this week resultats from raw data within 24 hrs of upload. How come never heard of Homedna before. Telephone Support Service réponse within 30 secondes efficient, courteous and patient. Analysis accurate and we'll explained
      Date published: 2017-10-28
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Value I really enjoyed reading my family's migration history. A couple of other reviewers stated that it isn't specific enough but I thought it was remarkably specific when you consider the information available and what it takes to consolidate and analyze it. I was able to recognize my parents' lines easily and they confirmed what I had surmised from research but had been unable to completely prove. The summarization of thousand of years of migration history is well done. Only gripe is misspelled words such as "longitute" rather than "longitude." Spell check!
      Date published: 2018-01-19
      Rated 3 out of 5 by from Misunderstood I purchased because it was to offer me more details than Ancestry.com. I sent my raw data and thought it was take my Ancestry.com further. It basically gave me just origins of DNA The origin takes me to Serbia and then ends. I would have liked to have seen how the migration would have continued and how my family continued. I might recommend if doing a full DNA testing, but not for to review current raw data.
      Date published: 2017-10-29
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to follow I purchased this product 6 weeks ago and what an amazing job! The map of my ancestors migration was so interesting. This also cleared up a few discrepancies in my family history. I was certain that my genetic makeup would prove that the biggest portion my heritage was of English and Scottish descent. What a surprise to learn that my heritage is more Scandinavian! Well worth the money spent.
      Date published: 2018-03-08
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of food for thought... I uploaded my Ancestry raw DNA via the UK site and had the results within the day as promised. I like what I got. The gene pools were interesting, the top 3 gave me added insights and matches to my paper trail. One migration route appears to be spot on for my paternal line and the other one was immensely interesting as I have always had a suspicion my maternal line originated in eastern Europe and Russia. I had assumed the migration route would be Russia west to eastern Europe and through Germany France etc, but it is in fact the other way going east from Latvia to Siberia. What I now want to know is how and when they came from Siberia to the UK. I have a fairly rare mtDNA haplogroup (I2a) and scientists aren't sure why it has declined. Maybe when more research is done they will have an answer and maybe it'll give me the answers to that migration route. Anyway, good value and plenty of food for thought.
      Date published: 2018-03-07
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant product with an excellent price! I'm super happy that I went ahead and purchased this. Not only did it confirm the results from a test I did with another provider but it confirmed three other tests that I've done recently. HomeDNA's GPS Origins product is the best by far as it showed many other gene pools that I'm connected with which did not show up on in other tests. The most amazing insight was being shown my ancestors actual migration path AND tells me roughly what period they were there! (Mine was as far back as 1127 BC !). The only annoying thing is that I now have more questions about where my ancestors came from than I did previously.. but I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing as I've learned a lot more from this. Again, I GPS Origins is the best when it comes to accuracy and showing your migration routes etc; I just wish it provided access to a Genetic Communities map. Don't be a skeptic... and purchase this product today!
      Date published: 2018-04-16
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast and Specific I downloaded my father's autosomal DNA from another company; the results were ready in an astounding 4+ hours! The geographic areas of ancestry supplied by this company are very specific...naming even certain tribes and cities in a few cases, and when only regions are supplied they are much less general than previous results (for instance, naming Southern France instead of Central Europe). I have recommended this company to two of my friends and they have already ordered kits. Very glad I found this testing site.
      Date published: 2017-10-26
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value! I bought this product about 20 times (still more coming) to open a new avenue of research into my family tree. By far, this is the best value that has a method of contact with tools fit for the purposes I needed. They exceeded my expectations.
      Date published: 2017-12-30
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lot more detailed analysis It was generally the same information as AncestryDNA but more detailed. It also gave me more ethnicities. It showed that I had eastern Indian (which my doctor predicted) whereas AncestryDNA did not.
      Date published: 2018-03-19
      Rated 1 out of 5 by from Historic (ancient), but not specific. Uploading results from Ancestry was easy & inexpensive, but the report was highly disappointing. I was really hoping this might help in tracking more recent migration paths in medieval Europe & Britain, but my most recent path was Viking (probably accurate, but around 975 AD), and the 2nd was ancient France/Spain (around 1600 BC) for which I have no modern connections whatsoever. So... for general interest this might be OK, but it did not really give me what I was hoping for at all.
      Date published: 2018-03-31
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy-to-use-ftDNA-upload I uploaded my ftDNA test and a cheap price and was given interesting results in a short period of time. Very user friendly.
      Date published: 2018-01-28
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from HIGHLY RECOMMEND, Hello, I Am Ultimately Favorable With My AncestryDNA Data Raw Upload. And All The Information, And Details, The Report Supplies Me With. I Am Very Honored, And Privileged, To Thank The Staff At Home DNA, Who Have Provided Me With There Expertise, Help, And Committed, Dedicated, Help, And Support. Thank You Very Much Home DNA, Very Favorable, And Satisfied Customer!
      Date published: 2018-02-12
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from HomeDNA is very good HomeDNA confirmed much of my research. And the process took less than an hour online. A very thorough product.
      Date published: 2017-06-21
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enhances other genetic reports I uploaded my 23andme raw data. The ancient migration paths very interesting and unique to this report and makes sense with known ancestry. Though they admit that they cannot tell which parent I am sure the blue route is my mother who was mostly British/Scotish and the other my dad who is French/German/Iberian. The breakdown for top ten populations did show my Native American a bit more than 23andme did. The write ups are in-depth and interesting.
      Date published: 2017-11-14
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Going way back I had some issues getting my results on the computer but relatives helped me. That is my lack of technology knowledge. The actual information is unbelievable. I'm amazed at how far back the information goes. I have yet to really read everything with a fine tooth comb however. I'm really curious about the red and blue arrows. Since they are both so close to the area of my father's birth, I wonder which color is maternal and which paternal.
      Date published: 2018-04-12
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great experience I always wanted to know more about my fathers side especially since my grandmother was adopted. I found out on my migration A story that my family originated in a island off of Greece called "zakynthos". I did my research and found out a lot of the people I descended from were Greek Jews. I knew it matched me perfectly because my grandfather is Jewish. This was really amazing for me to learn my heritage came from Greece thousands of year back!
      Date published: 2017-11-08
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazed I was quite impressed with my results. This test confirmed for me a other test taken. I am quite thrilled.
      Date published: 2017-09-25
      Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not For Everybody Too much boilerplate. If they let you see the other groups of results it would make a purchase more valuable. As I see it groups will form to share secondary results. They did the research but too many people will have the top 2 or 3 groups so that the results give you the impression that they are shallow, which I suspect is not true. I will share with my family since they will be similar or identical.
      Date published: 2018-01-30
      Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tells you very little and incorrect information My cousin and I both did the same thing. Submitted our DNA and got back totally different results. Of the many gene pools and 3 top listed ones, I only got 2 migration patterns. My cousin also got only 2. Since we share DNA, we should have had at least one migration pattern overlap and anyone should get more than Migration A and B. That's all you will get, even though they tell you that you have many.
      Date published: 2018-04-02
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gave Interesting Results I asked for the promo update from a download (at $20 US) and the results were posted 24 hours later. The results were intriguing and enlightening. The download only changed one specific result but the rest were consistent with the previous test results. I would like to add downloads from other test companies.
      Date published: 2018-05-17
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Cool! I find connection to 1496 year book the information GPS DNA united plenty known information of family legends, genetic tests, surnames of my genetic cousins to see the right local archive 1496 and 1593 years to learn more as alive history with more bright strong feelings of the connection. i saw the proof of my family legends too, and much more, amazing!! Great Thanks!
      Date published: 2018-05-14
      Rated 3 out of 5 by from DNA Location Specifics I had trouble ordering the product from a family referral. Unless I am missing something, I got a written report of world history as it affected my ancestors and the regions were they lived with the country identities of those times.. I was expecting more detail pointing me more directly to the areas for my specific DNA and relatives.
      Date published: 2017-10-27
      Rated 2 out of 5 by from puzzled genetic results I swabbed. I sent away. I received a migration map and a synopsis of history already known to the civilized world during these time frames. Now I have an opportunity to spend more money to learn more? I'm puzzled. What did I actually pay $99 to receive? I will recant this review if you can help me understand more. Thanks.
      Date published: 2017-11-08
      Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Information I just purchased My Origins GPS and got some interesting results. A lot of the information was spot on, accept for the India percentages. I spoke with my buddy, and he too received India in his admixture. If the site fixed that portion of the algorithm and lowered the costs of the transfer...the company would be a contender!
      Date published: 2018-01-25
      Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lacking in detail for price I uploaded my ancestry results and received a report for the GPS origins. It was interesting to read what I received in the results, however, I felt like it was not as detailed as I was expecting for what I paid. The process was easy enough and it was just the skimpiness of the report that I did not care for.
      Date published: 2018-01-29
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Interesting I know where my great-grandparents originated, so it was interesting to find out where their ancestors originated. This helps take my research in a different direction. I was really impressed with how quickly the results came back. I am now running my parents and siblings DNA to view the matches.
      Date published: 2018-03-24
      Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of money When I was offered this test, I was told that not only would it show what countries my ancestors were from, but it might even show which town. The test gave countries but I already had determined those through genealogical research. It did not help with my "lost ancestors'" backgrounds.
      Date published: 2017-11-15
      Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting results. I had both my father's DNA and mine analyzed...I'm a bit skeptical at the results, as we are nearly exact...only 2 to 5 % differences and exactly the same gene pools...t seems two tests were done on the same DNA . I proposed a question regarding this a week ago, but received no response
      Date published: 2018-03-20
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to Use / Interesting Insights It's super easy and economical to upload your results from 23andme. The insights here will add to the overall knowledge you have of yourself, your ancestors and your relatives. I am so happy that I was able to add this to my overall knowledge of my geneology.
      Date published: 2018-05-15
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