Why Choose this test?
The British DNA test is a totally new way of exploring your British ancestry and establishing your genetic roots. The test will trace your ancestry back thousands of millennia to the earliest ancestors and map the journey of those ancient ancestors from their origins to the shores of Britain.
Whilst you might be able to discover parts of your ancestry by doing some research in your local registry office, you may get limited results. In fact, typically individuals only manage to trace their ancestors up to around 200 years back – they then reach a brick wall in their genealogy research and are unable to find out anything else about their ancestry. The British DNA test will take you thousands of years beyond that barrier, providing you with unprecedented insights into your British origins – what better family document for your offspring or perhaps a gift for a friend?
Results of this ancestry test are ready in 12 weeks. The complete British DNA Ancestry Test is available for both males and females at £250 for men and £240 for women.
Results Presentation – 6 Aspects of your Ancestry
- Motherline & Fatherline
- Blue eyes
- Red hair
Note: The British DNA test results consist of 6 parts for males and 5 parts for females. This is because males have an additional section in their results which, due to the chromosomal differences between males and females, is not available to women.
Your British DNA Test Results: Begin your Voyage
Your Motherline Results
Our genes contain a map which can reveal a wealth of information about our ancient British origins. One aspect of your ancestry is your mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA). Our mtDNA, which is enclosed in our cells, is inherited from our mother and all offspring, whether male or female, will carry this mtDNA. Analysis of your mtDNA will enlighten you by helping you:
- Discover where your ancient maternal ancestors originated.
- Telling you what period in the world’s ancient timeline these ancestors lived.
- Retrace you ancestors’ genetic footprints across the globe over thousands of years.
With your results, you will also receive your maternal haplogroup, specific sub-type and personal genetic signature. Along with this, we will provide you with a historical narrative to better understand your results, world and regional frequency maps and a personalised phylogenetic tree (phylogenetics is a field of study which concerns itself with finding patterns of shared ancestry between lineages and common ancestors).
Keep in mind that your motherline results will not tell you anything about your paternal roots. The results of this section of this test will hone in solely on your mother’s side of the family.
Your Fatherline Results
Uncover your fatherline and the primordial journeys made by your ancient ancestors from your father’s side of the family. Males carry a paternally inherited Y chromosome which, when analysed, can reveal a wealth of information about your paternal ancestry. Thanks to this test you can:
- Discover where your ancient paternal ancestors originated.
- Find out what period in the world’s ancient timeline these ancestors lived.
- Retrace their genetic footprints across the globe over thousands of years.
You will discover your paternal haplogroup, specific sub-type and personal genetic signature. Along with this we will provide you with a historical narrative to better understand your results, world and regional frequency maps and a personalised phylogenetic tree (phylogenetics is a field of study which concerns itself with finding patterns of shared ancestry between lineages and common ancestors)
Your ancestry is so diverse and complex that your motherline and fatherline provide just a small part of the puzzle. The different parts of your British DNA test results will help the puzzle fall into place. The AllmyAncestry analyses around 250,000 autosomal Single Nucleotide Polymorphims or SNPs. This vast analysis of your genetic variations will help us establish the following:
- Global Connections
- Population Percentage
- Chromosome Painting
Global Connection: using a database with reference samples from around 4,000 individuals from 200 populations, we are able to identify matches between your DNA and the DNA of the reference samples in our database. The colour coded chart we provide will show you exactly where your closest matches lie; showing you to which populations you have a closest match. These populations include: European, Hispanic, Afro Caribbean, Native American, East Asian, South Asian, Central Asian, West Asian, African, Sub-Saharan, Pacific Islander and Jewish
Population Percentage: Examples of population matches you could find in this section of your result include: South Asian, European, East Asian, Pacific, North Asian, South Asian, and Native American. We will provide a percentage match for various populations on a percentage chart.
Chromosomal Painting: You inherit 22 non-sex determining chromosomes from your parents. We call these autosomal chromosomes and analysis of these chromosomes can reveal priceless information about your origins. Using chromosome painting, we can in fact calculate how much of your DNA comes from Asia / Native America, West Eurasia or Africa. The results could indeed astonish you.
Baldness is one of the biggest concerns amongst males - a trait which can be a real blow to someone’s ego, especially if it begins at a young age. Androgenetic Alopecia (AA) generally affects the hairline and crown of the head first and may then spread over the entire scalp. The baldness DNA trait test will help determine how likely you are to lose hair by a given age. The test looks at 2 gene variants known to be responsible for baldness. Results will categorize you are:
- High risk of hair loss
- Normal risk of hair loss
- Low risk category
You will also discover how much hair you are likely to have lost by age 25, age 50 and age 70.
Although females do not suffer from the problem of baldness, they still carry one of the baldness gene variants on their X chromosome - this part of the test can help them determine the transmission risk and how likely they are to pass on the baldness gene to their sons.
Note: Whilst genes account for most male baldness, one has to keep in mind that some environmental, dietary and lifestyle factors also play a role.
Blue eyes – these are the most common eye colour in Britain, more than any other eye colour. But did you know that the originally all people had brown eyes and anyone who has blue eyes descended from one, single common ancestor around 10,000 years ago? In other words, we can trace blue eyes back to a single point in human evolution.
The blue eyes test analyses your specific genotype to determine how rare (or common) your eye colour variant is amongst the British people (a genotype is a set of genes in our DNA which is responsible for a particular trait).
Using a probability calculator the results will also establish how likely it is that your children will have:
- Blue eyes
- Green eyes
- Brown eyes
If you have red hair, then you belong to a rather exclusive group of individuals - Just 1-2% of the world’s population has red hair. Besides being rare, red hair is also a distinctly British trait - this hair colour is found in considerable high numbers amongst people of Celtic origins. Scotland has the highest number of red heads, with approximately of 13% of the population having this hair colour; around 10% in Ireland and 6% in England.
There are 33 variants of the MC1R gene (of which we carry 2 copies) which can result in red hair. You might even be a genetic red head and not even have red hair yourself – this is because gene variants that cause red hair are recessive, meaning that you could carry a red-head variant and not even know it!
If you carry just one variant of the MC1R gene, you won’t have red hair yourself but you are a carrier which means, you could pass this gene to your children. If you have 2 variants on the MC1R gene, then you are likely a red head yourself and your children will also have red hair.