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Our ancestry report shows where our ancestors come from. We go deeper than any other test in the world.
Discover your ancestors with an Ancestry DNA test!
Know your roots with our ancestry genetic testing and identify where your origins are from among thousands of regions. 24Genetics is a European leader in ethnicity tests because we have complex genetic algorithms that analyze your genes and ancestry, so we can find out what your origins are, both paternal and maternal.
We compare your genetic study with an extensive DNA database, with genomic markers from many places in the world. Thanks to the genetics inherited from your ancestors, we can determine the geographic areas and countries they came from. 24Genetics goes deeper than any other test in the world.
This test is performed using autosomal DNA. This gives us genetic information from both the father and the mother, inherited from previous generations, going back hundreds or even thousands of years.
There are different methodologies to calculate ancestral roots, providing different results. 24Genetics uses the best algorithms, and, although genetic ancestry is not an exact science, we are getting closer and closer. Thanks to our ancestry DNA test, with over 700,000 genetic markers, we have access to an incredible level of detail.
Our DNA testing is constantly improving. The scientists at 24Genetics have produced one of the best Ancestry DNA Tests, with regional data previously unheard of in the world of genealogical research.
Our family histories are as unique as they are often unknown. For the first time, science opens the doors. It allows us to know, through scientific evidence, where we came from and where our ancestors lived.
Just like the rest of our tests, this genealogical DNA test is simple to perform. We’ll send you a kit with simple instructions and instructional videos. Just deposit some saliva in the test tube included in the kit and send the tube back to us, and in a few weeks we’ll send you the report.
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Reports available in English, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish and German.
Did you know that our Ancestry DNA Test can show you where your ancestors come from?
More and more people are wondering what their ancestral origins are. We usually think we know where our ancestors come from, but most of this information is limited to the little that our parents or grandparents tell us.
If you take your genealogy test, you may be surprised by the results, because maybe your ancestors are in a high percentage of countries you did not imagine or, within your country, the regions are not what you expected.
An ancestral DNA analysis is a genetic study of your ancestors that will give you information about where your ancestors lived up to many hundreds of years ago.
Our history is also written in our genes, which have a sort of backup copy of where our ancestors have been settled. But more interestingly, major historical events also leave their mark on our DNA, such as, for example, the famine of the First World War.
For some time now, this innate curiosity in human beings to know their origins can be satisfied with the information provided by a genealogy test.
How is ancestry DNA test performed?
This ancestry DNA test is carried out on autosomal DNA, which provides us with genealogical information from both the father and the mother, inherited in turn from previous generations. We can go back between 25 and 30 generations, which means 700 to 900 years on average, although it is possible to see genetic traces of more than 2,000 years ago.
The last 300 years are irrelevant to our algorithm and will not show where our ancestors have lived in the last 8 generations or so. Therefore, it is possible that what you may have known about your relatively recent ancestors, through your parents or grandparents, does not match the data our report gives you.
The process is very simple. 24Genetics sends you an ancestral DNA test, including a DNA sample collection kit, wherever you are in the world. You then follow a few simple instructions to deposit a small amount of saliva in a preserved tube and send the sample back to us. Upon receipt, we proceed to sequencing (the process by which all the genetic information is extracted from the sample) in our laboratory in Europe. Finally, we apply the algorithm developed entirely by 24Genetics to the genetic information. This is based on thousands of studies internationally recognized by the scientific community.
Our DNA origin test shows where your anthropological roots come from. We compare your genetic map with an extensive DNA database with markers from countless places around the world.
There are different methodologies for calculating ancestral roots, which provide different results. At 24Genetics use what we consider to be the best algorithms which, although imprecise in detail, are accurate in the essential parts.
The data provided by this ancestry genetic testing are statistical approximations, and at no point do they show exact data. However, thanks to our test of over 700,000 genetic markers, we are able to go into great depth of detail.
The 24Genetics ancestry report is able to show thousands of geographical areas. While other ancestry DNA tests can only indicate an area within a continent, or at most your percentage by country, the 24Genetics genealogy test can tell your ancestry percentage by state, region or even province in many countries.
Many companies offer family tracing services that require the raw data files used to obtain the genetic reports. Of course, all our genotyping products include such a raw data file of your genetic map. Still, we advise everyone who will use these third-party services to ensure the company’s privacy, security and transparency policies, as the raw data, in addition to the information needed for family tracing, contains a lot of personal information.
Frequently asked questions
WHAT STEPS SHOULD I FOLLOW TO DO YOUR ANCESTRY DNA TEST?
Our ancestry DNA kit includes a document with the instructions, but we have also made a video detailing the steps you should follow. Click here to watch. It is very simple, once you have done it, send the saliva sample back to us, and we will extract your DNA information in our laboratory. Then, we will apply the algorithm developed and permanently updated by us, and we will obtain your 24Genetics report. You will receive it by email within 3 to 6 weeks after registering your sample code on our website.
CAN I ACCESS THIS ANCESTRY TEST IN MY COUNTRY?
24Genetics is a European company that operates worldwide. We can ship our ancestry test kits to any country in the world where you live. We have multiple logistics centers around the world, so to be as fast and efficient as possible, we will send you our kit from the one closest to your place of residence. The shipping cost is always free to any country. Collection is also included in the price in many countries (USA, France, Spain…). If collection is not included in your country, you can send the kit back to us by email, or if you prefer us to collect it for you, you can hire us for an additional cost. The All in One pack always includes delivery and collection by express courier all over the world.
ARE ALL ANCESTRY DNA TESTS THE SAME?
Some ancestry tests from other companies are very basic and give you very little information. Our test is based on state-of-the-art analysis, and we analyze more than 700,000 genetic markers. In the 24Genetics ancestry report, we have 175 countries and more than 1,500 regions worldwide, more than twice as many as the best ancestry DNA test in the USA.
WHY THIS ANCESTRY TEST AND NOT ANOTHER?
Simply because we are able to go where others can’t. We can identify thousands of regions in your DNA, where others tell you “you are from Southern Europe,” we tell you which countries and in which regions within these countries, and even, which provinces. But this is not the only reason if you want to know them all, click here.
CAN ANYONE TAKE THIS ANCESTRY DNA TEST?
That’s right, anyone, without any limit, can take a 24Genetics test. For babies or elderly people we have a special kit that facilitates the collection of the saliva sample in these cases, just indicate this in the comments of your order and we will send it to you.
DO I GET INFORMATION ABOUT MY ANCESTRY FROM MY FATHER'S OR MY MOTHER'S SIDE?
Both. The genealogical test shows you information on both your paternal and maternal ancestry, as we use autosomal DNA.
HOW MANY GEOGRAPHICAL REGIONS WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE IN MY ANCESTRY REPORT?
24Genetics can see more than 1,500 regions worldwide, more than twice as many as most other tests on the market.
CAN YOU TELL ME THE REGIONS OF THE 24GENETICS ANCESTRY REPORT?
The 24Genetics ancestry test is expanding and improving every day. The geographic list grows almost every month, but we currently list 175 countries and more than 1,500 regions.
These are the countries and regions by geographical area of our ancestry DNA test:
AFRICA – 49 countries and over 200 regions.
AMERICA – 32 countries and over 100 regions.
ASIA – 43 countries and over 500 regions.
EUROPE AND RUSSIA – 40 countries and more than 550 regions.
OCEANIA – 11 countries and more than 25 regions.
WHAT EXACTLY WILL I RECEIVE WHEN I TAKE THIS ETHNICITY TEST?
We will send you a comprehensive and personalized report to the email address you registered your kit with. In addition, whenever you want, you can request your raw data file, and we will send it to you by email. Remember that the raw data file is an electronic file containing your genetic map. On our website, you can download examples of all our reports in several languages.
HOW DOES THE 24GENETICS ANCESTRY TEST WORK?
We find marks in your DNA that have been preserved over the centuries. These marks, called mutations, have a lot of information stored in them. At the same time, these mutations are endemic in certain parts of the world, so the analysis of both pieces of information allows us to trace thousands of regions all over the planet to know in-depth where you belong.
WHAT INFORMATION CAN I OBTAIN ABOUT MY ANCESTORS THROUGH THE ANCESTRY DNA TEST?
You will know the places your genetic ancestors have passed through, including percentages of each of the regions, so that you know where you come from, with the weight of each area.
WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS OF THIS ANCESTRY TEST?
Genetic ancestry is not an exact science. Our algorithms are based on statistical population genetics calculations that are constantly evolving. Our Deep Ancestry algorithm is better today than it was a year ago, and it will be even better next year, we will be able to see more regions, and our artificial intelligence systems will have advanced further. In practice, our prediction in terms of continents will change little or not at all. The prediction at the country level will be able to change more, and as we go down the level of detail to Regions and Provinces, our accuracy will be higher and we will be able to identify more different regions.
IS THIS GENETIC TEST USEFUL TO PROVE OR LEGALLY OBTAIN NATIONALITY?
No, ancestry methods are not deterministic, but probabilistic, and in no case serve as a legal document to obtain the nationality of a country.
WHAT YEAR DO MY ANCESTRY TEST RESULTS GO BACK TO?
Our ancestry test goes back, on average, 25-30 generations (700-900 years). The last 300 years are irrelevant for our algorithm, so it will not show where our family has lived in the previous 8 generations or so. However, ancestral traces from up to 2,000 years ago (about 70 generations ago) can be seen in some cases.
WHAT IF MY REPORT DOES NOT SHOW THE REGIONS WHERE I KNOW I HAVE ANCESTORS, SUCH AS MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS OR GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS?
Ancestry genetic testing is based on mutations that settle in families over hundreds of years, so our algorithm does not take into account data from approximately the last 250 years (8 generations). Since the 24Genetics ancestry test goes back 25 to 30 generations, it’s expected that the regions where our grandparents and great-grandparents have lived are not included. You must take into account that previous generations may have migrated and settled only a few generations ago, but they carry mutations in their DNA from another region, and these are the ones you inherit.
MY RESULTS DO NOT MATCH THOSE OF MY PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS OR EVEN SIBLINGS.
In our ancestry analyses we study autosomal markers, which means that they give us a joint summary information of the paternal and maternal lineages, without the possibility so separate the two. In addition, some ancestry markers are not inherited from parents to offspring. Inheritance is not exactly 50% of all paternal and maternal genetic information. There are two main factors that can lead to differences, even between siblings of the father and mother:
– First, of the 46 chromosomes we inherit, 23 belong to each lineage, i.e., we do not inherit all the genetic information from each parent. Therefore, it is possible that the combination of chromosomes you inherit from your father and mother does not fully represent the entire ancestry of your ancestors.
– In addition, in each generation there is an exchange of fragments between chromosomes. This is known as genetic recombination. It is a random process and, although there are certain regions of the genome where this process may be more common, it is almost impossible to estimate which fragments will recombine in each generation and which fragments will be inherited to the offspring. This explains why the inherited fragments vary between relatives, even between siblings of father and mother and, consequently, also the genetic information and ancestry signals vary.
DO YOU OFFER "FAMILY MATCHING" TO SEARCH FOR RELATIVES THROUGH MY DNA?
Currently we do not offer this service. However, to locate relatives through your DNA you can request your raw data file, which contains your genetic information for use in other platforms that include this service. We recommend that you always check the privacy and data processing policies and rights of these platforms to make sure how they handle your genetic information.
IS ETHNIC INFORMATION TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN OBTAINING DATA ON MY ANCESTRY?
The 24Genetics ancestry report is geographical. Sometimes DNA can show certain ethnicities that we can associate with some geographical regions.
CAN I USE THIS ANCESTRY TEST TO FIND OUT WHO MY PARENTS ARE?
No, this is not a paternity test – it is an ancestry test, with which you can see in which geographical areas your ancestors were settled.