Paternal ancestral origins DNA testing

The paternal lineage test allows you to trace the history of your father’s side of the family dating back to thousands of years. The science behind this kind of test is based on the fact that sons will inherit their Y chromosome from their father in a relatively unchanged state. Therefore the genetic profile of the Y chromosome found in the father is likely to be identical to that of his sons, setting up a process of genetic transmission whereby the same DNA profile will be transmitted for thousands of generations.

This test is based on the analysis of specific sections on the Y chromosome, called short tandem repeats. During the testing process, the particular genetic profiles found in these STRs in your Y chromosome will be compared to established groups of people, called haplogroups, with similar genetic profiles. Modern science combined with history has established the existence of the geographical origins of these haplogroups, dating back to thousands of years, as well as their main movements to various areas of the globe. The paternal lineage test will enable you to establish to which haplogroup you belong.

Click here to read A Beginner’s Guide to DNA Ancestry Testing which compares the different types of ancestry DNA tests we offer.


Paternal lineage test map paternal lineage test tree

The Y chromosome and your paternal ancestry

If you are female and you want to find out about your paternal ancestry, you can ask your brother, father, or other relative along the same paternal line to take the test. Results will be available by email within 4 to 5 weeks from the receipt of the samples at the laboratory. As a special package, we are offering a Dual Lineage Test (maternal and paternal) for the discounted price of $275. Please note the duo lineage test is only available for male test participants.

What do you get when you order a paternal lineage test?

  • Your haplogroup designation and a haplogroup description page;
  • A personalised map depicting your ancestors’ journey and where they initially settled in the ancient world;
  • Your Y-STR profile (raw data);
  • Facts about your haplogroup, including which parts of the world you can find your “genetic cousins” and famous people who share the same haplogroup as you do.

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