GPS Origins® Ancestry Test

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

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£155.00

Developed by leading academic scholars in England

Overview

Overview

Pinpoint your DNA! 

Your GPS Origins kit contains easy-to-follow instructions and cheek swabs for collecting your DNA samples. Using a DNA sample you provide through these simple cheek swabs, our qualified laboratory tests more than 80,000 unique genetic markers. Cross-checking that information across dozens of gene pools and more than 1,000 reference populations, we use your DNA to create a detailed report about where your family originated and how it migrated around the world to where you are today. This can help you answer questions about your family’s history, shed light on the origins of certain family traits, and help you better understand exactly who you are.  

This advanced autosomal test is so targeted, 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 genetic genealogy 

·        80,000 autosomal genetic markers tested, 1,000+ reference populations, and 41 gene pools analysed

·        Simple and painless cheek swab to collect your DNA sample

·        Highly-accredited lab with excellent customer service and expert staff; your DNA is not sent to a third-party lab


 Kit Contents:

  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Cheek swabs for DNA collection
  • Prepaid envelope for returning samples to the lab 

 Results Back:

  • Within 6 weeks

Details

Details

Learning about your origins through DNA testing can reveal a lot you may not have known about your deepest roots. The story of your family is contained in your unique genetic code, just waiting for you to discover it. Although your family history may already contain a lot of information about your origins, some information can become lost over generations. With ancestry testing you can bridge the gaps in your family’s records and make connections you never knew were possible. Our advanced autosomal test is so targeted, 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.


Benefits of GPS Origins®:

  • The only DNA test with bio-geographical targeting capability to the town or village level
  • 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 both your maternal and paternal lineages back to their origins and dates the age of your DNA signature
  • Provides detailed stories helping to explain DNA mixture events such as wars, famines, and migrations
  • Developed by a leading population geneticist from the University of Sheffield in England


Test Results Include:

  • Dynamic online experience featuring an interactive map, allowing you to zoom into your GPS pinpointsrevealing towns and cities
  • Downloadable PDF report that can be shared with family and friends
  • Your online and printable results feature:
  1. Maps of your top three ancestral origins (the gene pools or ancestral communities that contributed to significant portions of your genetic makeup) along with the percentages of DNA you inherited from each
  2. A comprehensive gene pool profile with DNA percentages that goes well beyond basic ethnicity tests
  3. A detailed map illustrating your maternal and paternal migration journeys with descriptions on how your ancestors' circumstances changed as they crossed territories and continents to find better lives

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The Science

The Science

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 utilises 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 incentivised 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.  

See the Glossaryof Ancestry Terms

How It Works

How It Works

Once you receive your GPS Origins® kit from our online store, you register the kit on our website. Next, use the cotton swabs included in the kit to collect DNA samples by swabbing the insides of your cheeks. Once you have your samples, use the prepaid envelope to mail them back to our fully accredited lab, where we will compare your DNA to test using more than 80,000 unique genetic markers across more than 1,000 reference populations and 41 gene pools. You’ll receive an email once your samples arrive at our labs. Within two to three weeks, you’ll receive another email notifying you that your detailed and personalized report has been uploaded to your secure online account and is ready for you to see.

Get your GPS Origins Analysis + Report 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. ANALYZE DNA: You will receive an email when your samples arrive at the lab and our scientific team will extract and process your DNA to analyze the genes
  5. RECEIVE REPORT: You will receive an email within 6 weeks that your personalized 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. The latest paper about the analysis technique used for GPS Origins. 

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.

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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 41 gene pools across 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 three (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 1,000+ 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.

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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.

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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.

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 users who choose to share it. 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 1,500-2,000 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.

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

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

The GPS Origins® DNA test for ancestry made its debut in 2016 and provides the latest in next-generation genetic technology and methodology for determining family history. DNA Diagnostics Centre 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, 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 health-conscious clients. DDC's laboratory  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.

GPS Origins™ Ancestry Test is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 166.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My GPS origins results I would like to say how impressed I am with my GPS origins results, I tested using their kit and I also uploaded my ready DNA results from other companies, the results were really amazing and informative. A big thank for GPSO for their nice and professional analysis.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I have no confidence in GPS Origins' tests I have had other DNA test done and I was under the understanding that GPS Origins could help to narrow the locations of my ancestors. The results that came back did not even have my ancestors coming from the same countries as the other tests results. I have documented evidence as to some of the countries, but the GPS Origins results did not even include these countries. Absolutely no confidence in the results, and will in no way recommend them.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting, but a bit confusing This test takes a different approach than other tests. Rather than using standard ethnic separation like German, Celtic, or American Indian, it uses DNA groupings based on trait evolution. So for me, there were several DNA groupings that probably entered my DNA in pre-history. That is fascinating, but not as useful for more recent ancestry derivation. My maternal path is consistent with my known ancestry. My paternal path suggests a significant (22%) Viking contribution for my UK ancestry. That may be, but it was so far back that it is not trackable. So, it is an interesting approach and has value, but it is really a more academic view than I expected.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Detailed scope of identities is extraordinary I am surprised by the refined detail of the DNA groups showing up in my ancestry. They appear more accurate than other tests as the Fennoscandia group represents my Swedish grandfather which specific ancestry has disappeared in other tests which use 'Western Europe' as a group. What was surprising were the Southeast Asia/Bougainville groups which I would never have guessed. Even more surprising are the Pima-Sonoran/Western South America groups which represent my suspected Native American ancestry. HomeDNA tests appear more detailed and more accurate than the popular DNA tests.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confusing Information My husband and I both did this test. It provides a gene pool percentage list and two "migration stories." The gene pool list would be better if more detailed definitions were available for each category. For example we both had the "Pima County, the Sonora" in our gene pool and don't know what that means. There is a Pima County in Arizona and a state of Sonora in Mexico. I could not find a glossary. The migration stories, two for each of us, generate more questions. They can't say which story is from the father or mother's side of the family. The narrative provided is almost exclusively historical information about what was happening in an area at a particular time. There were three sections, which made sense for one story of mine and I could see an actual migration. The other one had three identical narratives except for the dates, which were not chronological--the places were all the same. This story did not match the migration map. At best I can see where long-ago ancestors lived but that's about it. The interpretation is very weak.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Migration routes of early ancestors The DNA test filled in some gaps of my ancestry. My ancestry in another DNA test showed me at 83% English/Western European. I had 4% Russian and 4% Polish from my mother side of the family, but I also had 2% Spanish and 1% from the area between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea area. I knew I had the G marker from the male Y-gene that came from that area of the country of Georgia. HomeDNA showed the migration from Georgia through The Southern Mediterranean area to Spain over four thousand years ago. This is why I am 2% Spanish. Then after the fall of the Roman Empire my ancestors moved to Germany. Then a few hundred years later they are in the Baltic Sea area. Then to Normandy, France and then to England with the Norman invasion. And then finally my ancestors came to America. It shows all of this migration on HomeDNA.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not so good This seems redundant to show where my dna comes from in 350ad. Possible migration patterns? The website isn’t easy to get into. Not much for the $149 I spent.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Little Useful Information I was disappointed in the product received. I expected some possible connection to others, however, it just provided a generic historical early migration history starting about 100 AD and ending before the modern era. The write-up could have been gotten from any historical migration textbook. My family has been from Germany for as far back as I can trace, yet, the migration routes provided do not even end in Germany. Oddly, another sibling of mine did the same DNA test and got a completely different migration pattern. Finally, the migration patterns show two routes, one Red and one Blue. The text clearly states that the patterns are not gender specific, yet, there is no explanation given as to what the two different routes refer.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Informative and Revealed a Bigger Story Reading through the results and information I rec'd from the GPS Origins Ancestry Test was very educational. I knew many details of my ancestors' travels (as told to me by my maternal grandmother), so I was able to verify a significant portion of the test results to be spot on. The part I enjoyed the most was reading about migration routes and acquiring an understanding for the broadening bloodline of ancestors. This has been a super fun and informative compilation of information that has catapulted me in to doing more research now that I have clarification on the origins of my ancestors. I highly recommend this test. I've already recommended this test to friends and co-workers.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising Results I really appreciate how far back the test delves. I was more than surprised with the results insofar as the locations included and excluded. The results are appropriately detailed and complex. Perhaps some guidelines for how to approach the results could be included. I am one of identical triplets and we would be VERY interested to see the results if all three of us took the test.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed in the Evaluation. I bought this a month ago and was totally disappointed. The period of tracing my DNA was relatively brief. There was no mention of % of Neanderthal DNA. There was no mention of where the two sides, Father's and Mother's ancestry, actually got from where they began to where they ended up. The beginnings of the tracks were in the Middle Ages; far too recent. There were inadequate percentages of Ancestors on both sides. No one responded to my questions.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what I expected. If I was looking for a world history lesson, I would have bought a textbook. It was not what I was expecting. I should have done more research on the product.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Question Accuracy This is the 3rd DNA test I’ve taken and it is so different from the other two and has nothing to do with what I know from family history. I give the results of this test a thumbs down!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising results I bought this through a groupon for myself and my husband and we did it together. Very easy process and received the results faster than expected. The big surprise was that my ancestor Heritage was not at all what I expected! The nationalities that I have been told my whole life were not even close to what I actually am. I guess just because my Grandmother came to America from a certain region doesn’t necessarily mean she was that ethnicity. My husbands was pretty much what he thought he was.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing This gave me a lot of information including how my ancestors migrated. One line made sense as far as what I know from genealogy, the other didn’t. My paternal line is from Germany. The Origins test says originally from what is now Poland and migrating to what is now Bellorus. There is no indication of how they got to Germany. There are minor strains that aren’t figured in to the migrations, either. One of mine is Pima Indian. Those people have never lived in Europe, but they are part of my dna. How and when did that happen? Origins left me with far more questions than answers.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not to be Believed I am totally confused with the results that I obtained. They don't contain any of the origins that I already know and have my family in places that I don't think are true. Maybe my samples were mixed up with someones elses.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thought I was getting more specific information o. Very disappointed. Expected more detailed heritage info. I.e., my mother born in Croatia; what heritage were HER parents and their parents?
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Palm reading I guess I’m not being fair with the title of palm reading, but the results are simply so generic that, that is what this reminded me of. Also, the GPS origins was very confusing. If they trace one side of my family to an area/region, I would have though that some portion of my genetic makeup would actually come from that area, but that was not the case.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I am an adult adoptee. As all my friends speak about their family heritage, I have always wished I could have a story too. Now I know!!! I was fascinated to see the geographical Progression of my “family” as they lived and traveled. The most exciting part was, the realization of how often I have traveled in their footsteps both for work and pleasure. For some of us, ANY information is GREAT information.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but underwhelming I found the historical information interesting as far as what was happening in the various regions at the approximate time period some of my ancestors may have been in the relative proximity. Overall, the report is very vague and I’m not sure I fully see value in knowing that 15% of my ancestors were from somewhere in Scandinavia, 15% in Eastern Siberia, and 15% in Southern France. I suppose you could guess more accurately with more precision than that result. Maybe my expectations were set too high by all the advertising for this sort of services, but to wait six weeks to tell a person with blue eyes and blond hair that some portion of his ancestors came from somewhere in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe or Southern France is no real service - duh!
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bogus information. Gene pool percentages do not correspond to DNA migration routes.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My People! As an adoptee, I have always been intensly curious about my heritage. My records are sealed by law, so until home DNA tests became available, I was clueless (so were my children). Now, I know my background! Never in a million years would I have guessed that I was from France, Orkney Islands, and Russia! What a wonderful feeling to know one's people!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Report Not Usable Bought GPS Origins on advice of a written review by another recipient. I should have paid more attention to the sample report to realize it wasn't the type of information that I was looking for in a DNA evaluation. I was also disappointed because most of the information provided was "Wikipedia" quality history that was full of generalities and very difficult to personalize to my ancestral search. The "Out of Africa" introduction to the report espousing events 10s of thousands of years ago had nothing to do with the results of my personal test which presented events 2,000 to 4,000 years ago. Finally, with the technology available, I was surprised that your data base couldn't link my German ancestry with my English ancestry, and final migration to North America.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No information on how to read raw data My sister was told you could pin point our rationality.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Information far too general to be of help,,,, I received general information about migration patterns that I already knew. For example, I knew that my Norman French ancestors' blood was mixed with that of Vikings who ravaged the French coast. My results were also very slow to arrive. I took the test in late November and received results in mid February.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed If this had been my first DNA test it would have led me in the wrong direction. This test did not pick up my recent family history. Not helpful unless I wanted to pick up family history of 1000 years ago!
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Detailed gene pool report The gene pool report gives 13 different percentage categories that total 99.9% and for the most part coincide well with what I know of my ancestry. The categories cover large areas and are not precise in terms of modern countries. There is also a GPS Origins report which goes back 2000 years and traces early migration routes. The routes themselves are interesting, but the historical material provided could be better written. What's there reads like something patched together by a mediocre high school student. The graphics could also be better; some seem to have no meaning. In spite of the limitations, I'm glad I had the test done and I would recommend it with reservations. My predecessors were a very peripatetic group and I can claim ancestry over a large section of the world.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Have not yet received I ordered this DNA test on September 29. With some delays on the part of the lab, I was supposed to receive my results by November 27. This week I was asked to write a review but I have not yet received my results. This is inexcusable.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Experience I was very surprised by my results. While I wasn't surprised by some of the things listed, there were others that really did jump out and made me say "Really?". It was really interesting too, reading about the migration patterns of my story. The only thing I would like to have more information on is some of the stories that weren't expounded on. I would like to do another test for sure to go deeper into my individual parentage lines. I will eventually do this someday soon, as I want to know more about the paternal and maternal links that I have and how they break down separately so I know more details about who I am and what I am made of and come from too. I encourage you if you are questioning whether to do this that it will become more real and exciting once you do and get your results too.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Money I could get this same information from a history book on the origins of man. It did not give specific information on a person's ethnicity that could be used for tracing family background. I am totally disappointed.
Date published: 2018-01-24
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