GPS Origins® Ancestry Test | African Edition

For individuals of African descent, this DNA test for ancestry offers the deepest insights. Read more below...

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£155.00

Overview

Overview

Pinpoint your African ancestry today!

For individuals of African descent, GPS Origins® African Edition offers the deepest DNA-driven insights. Your African heritage is deciphered from 11 African–specific gene pools and informative ancestry markers from more than 100 African populations throughout the continent—more than any other autosomal DNA test. You receive your detailed African ethnicity and your full ethnic profile in percentages. Gain access to your ancestors’ migration routes going as far back as 2,000 years, along with anthropological stories explaining the movement of your DNA over time.

This advanced genetic test provides date stamps and longitude and latitude coordinates to help you see towns and villages where the journeys of your ancestors and their DNA intersected. For the first time ever, you will experience the emotion and excitement of connecting with your past and discover what shapes your identity today.

  • 11 out of 41 gene pools analysed tie to the African continent
      • The Kalahari
      • African Bushmen
      • Hadza
      • African Pygmies
      • Nile Valley Peoples
      • The Horn of Africa
      • Southern Ethiopia
      • Bantu Africa and the Niger-Congo Areas
      • West Africa
      • Madagascar
      • Northwestern Africa
  • Reference points from thousands of Africans linked to over 100 African population groups
  • Just a simple cheek swab to collect your DNA sample
  • Major U.S. laboratory with the highest certifications and credentials
  • You maintain complete control over your DNA and data forever

Kit Contents:

  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Cheek swabs for DNA collection
  • Postage-paid envelope for returning samples to the lab (U.S. customers only)

Results Back:

  • Within 6 weeks

Details

Details

GPS Origins® African Edition is a revolutionary autosomal DNA test, analysis and report offering unparalleled visibility into your African roots. Based on research from the University of Sheffield in England and published peer-reviewed scientific studies in Nature Communications, GPS Origins examines your genetic markers to determine ethnic percentages. For the first time ever, learn if your family is from Sudan or Madagascar or Cameroon. The high-fidelity resolution of GPS Origins African Edition generates superior bio-geographical targeting. Unlock insights and knowledge about yourself and your ancestors that you never thought possible. The process is simple: collect your DNA sample using the painless, easy-to-use cheek swabs included in your kit, send them to the lab in Ohio, and within a few short weeks, results are posted to your secure, online account.

Benefits of GPS Origins African Edition:

  • Use your DNA to discover your precise geographic African heritage
  • View the migration routes of your paternal and maternal lineages with dates and geographic coordinates
  • Learn the history and stories that shaped the migration of your DNA based on published research from the University of Sheffield in England

Test Results Include: 

  • Interactive online map with the ability to zoom in on your African pinpoints
  • PDF report that can be downloaded and shared with family members and friends
  • Your printable and online test results feature:
  1. Three color-coded maps that showcase the most significant gene pools that contribute to your genetic makeup
  2. A comprehensive ethnicity profile with percentages (typically 10-20 ethnicities)
  3. Migration routes with dates, map coordinates and historical descriptions of events that contributed to changes in DNA

Video

Video

The Science

The Science

Developed in England at the University of Sheffield by a leading population geneticist, GPS Origins African Edition offers incomparable visibility and insights into African ancestry. The technology behind the test assumes everyone is mixed from different gene pool sources. This is starkly different than other DNA tests that suggest all humans branch from just three or four populations that changed over time.

GPS Origins uses autosomal DNA inherited from chromosomes 1-22 that are more sensitive to the genetic signature of your closest ancestors. The African Edition leverages 41 gene pools to trace your DNA—15 of which are specific to the African continent.

To read more about the science published in leading academic journals, follow the links below:

Read the published study

Learn more about the study

See the Glossary of Ancestry Terms

How It Works

How It Works

Get your GPS Origins® Ancestry Test - Africa Edition in 5 Easy Steps

  1. BUY KIT: Order your complete DNA test through our online store today
  2. REGISTER KIT: Go online to HomeDNA.com and register your kit’s barcode
  3. COLLECT DNA: Use the cheek swabs found in the kit to collect your DNA and mail the samples to our lab
  4. ANALYSE DNA: You will receive an email when your samples arrive at the lab and our scientific team will extract and process your DNA to analyse the genes
  5. RECEIVE REPORT: You will receive an email within 6 weeks that your personalised report has been uploaded to your secure online account and is ready for viewing

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

    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 

    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.

    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 depends on the test you have already taken. You can upload results from 23andMe, Ancestry.com, National Geographic Geno 2.0, or the Family Tree DNA Family Finder; we can analyze them with our GPS Origins tool to provide the full report of where your DNA began. If your previous DNA test was a Y-chromosome test or Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) test, it is not compatible, and you will need to purchase the GPS Origins DNA test.

    Get details here: GPS Origins Algorithm - Upload Your Results

    Download your results from 23andMe, Ancestry.com, National Geographic Geno 2.0, or the Family Tree DNA Family Finder test. Go here to get instructions and upload your data: GPS Origins Algorithm - Upload Your Results.

    Yes, your GPS Origins DNA raw data file is available to you because it is your data! To download, log in and go to My Account. You will see 3 tabs in My Account: Orders, Results and Account Details. Simply click on Results and locate your test  in your results listings. In the status column, if your results are ready, you will see a link that says My Results and also a link that says Download Data. When you click the Download Data link, your download will begin.

    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 36 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 datasets, 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.

    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

    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 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 nowadays the river is running 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). The smaller the circle, the smaller the percentage of error. 

    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 comes with a manual explaining our process as well as human migration history.

    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, DNA tests for ancestry 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.

    Your test kit includes an order form, instruction manual, four (4) buccal (cheek) swabs, a DNA Sample envelope and a bar coded return envelope.

    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.

    Due to the interactive characteristics of the report, results are online only.

About This Brand

About This Brand

The GPS Origins® DNA test for ancestry was launched in 2016 and provides the latest in next-generation genetic technology and methodology for determining family history. DNA Diagnostics Center commissioned Dr. Eran Elhaik at the University of Sheffield to build the most sophisticated algorithm based on proven techniques for understanding and tracking an individual's biogeographical profile. GPS Origins is the result of his work. 

Established in 1995, DNA Diagnostics Center (“DDC”) was founded on the belief that 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, animal breeders and veterinarians, and now wellness-inspired consumers. DDC's laboratory in Fairfield, Ohio is nationally and internationally recognised through multiple accreditations.

As an industry leader in DNA testing, we offer:

  • A fully-accredited laboratory with state-of-the-art technology and robotics to ensure accuracy
  • A large team of expert PhDs to conduct results screening, testing, and research
  • A secured facility with established screening protocols to guarantee 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 sensitive DNA test results always remain confidential, and we will not sell your personal data to third parties. DDC is the DNA testing laboratory trusted around the world.

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