Geographic Ancestry Test
What is Geographic Ancestry?
Since its origins, Homo sapiens has been migrating across the planet, diversifying into different populations and cultures, which have interacted and intermingled with each other. Our DNA has been able to collect all this information and trace the historical trajectory of our ancestors.
The Ancestrum geographic ancestry test allows us to determine the origins of your ancestors on a geographic level. You will be able to know with which regions around the world you share ancestry signals, indicating, in a reliable way, the areas where your ancestors come from. You will get a summary of the genetic ancestry reaching you through your parents and previous ancestors.
Your ancestors 800 years back
In our analysis, with a geographic DNA test, we go back about 800 years on average, although we do not take into account the last 250-300 years, as we consider that they do not have sufficient scientific influence, as they are too recent. Therefore, it would not be strange if the information in your Geographic Ancestry report does not match what you know about your most recent ancestors (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents…).
A geographic ancestry test with 700,000 genetic markers
Our methodology is based on the analysis of more than 700,000 genetic markers, which is compared with a reference panel, composed of thousands of representative samples from every geographical region today. The algorithm developed by Ancestrum locates all the genetic differences and similarities between your DNA and that of all the samples we have in our reference database and, through various advanced statistical calculations, it is able to determine, very accurately, your ancestry and genetic roots.
Nearly 2,000 regions analyzed in our geographic DNA test
We have a broad reference across the globe and in total, we have just under 2,000 regions defined by representative samples. At Ancestrum we use a unique technology that is different from other companies, which allows us to generate a more accurate report than most of our competitors.
In this geographic ancestry test, we study your autosomal DNA, which reflects a summary of the genetic information inherited from your father and mother, who in turn inherited from your ancestors over multiple generations.
While genetics is not an exact science and neither are the results of an ancestry test, the Ancestrum geographic DNA test has a high level of reliability and accuracy.
Robust methodology for reliable results
There are different methods and approaches to carry out the calculation of ancestry signals, which may yield different results. But the fact that different results can be obtained does not imply that they are incorrect. Factors such as the number of genetic markers used in the analysis, the diversity of the reference against which the markers are compared, the nature and complexity of the algorithm, and the statistics on which it is based influence these results.
At Ancestrum, we understand the importance of accurate and reliable results when it comes to tracing your geographic ancestry. Ancestrum’s algorithms incorporate a robust statistical basis which, coupled with the exhaustive representativeness of the reference sample, which ensures the genetic diversity of the human populations included, and the high density of genetic markers we include in the geographic DNA test, allow us to provide a very detailed and accurate result of where your genetic roots are most likely to come from.
Understanding the Process: Collection to Results
The process of the Ancestrum geographic ancestry test begins with the collection of a DNA sample, usually through a simple saliva sample. The collected sample then undergoes a meticulous process of extraction and purification in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Following this, the DNA is analyzed, examining hundreds of thousands of genetic markers.
Post-analysis, the examined markers are compared to our expansive reference database. This comprehensive database hosts a plethora of genetic information from populations across the globe, providing a backbone to determine your geographic ancestry with high precision.
Significance of Discovering Your Geographic Ancestry
Embarking on the journey of uncovering your geographic ancestry can be profoundly enlightening. It bridges the gap between the past and the present, offering a rare glimpse into the mosaic of your ancestral roots. Understanding one’s genetic heritage can instill a sense of identity and belonging, helping individuals forge connections to cultures, traditions, and regions that once seemed foreign.
Furthermore, exploring geographic ancestry enables the formation of a broader, more inclusive perspective of humanity’s intertwined history and shared heritage. It fosters appreciation and respect for diversity and multiculturalism, laying the foundation for mutual understanding and acceptance amongst various communities and societies around the world.
Benefits of the Ancestrum Geographic Ancestry Test
By utilizing the Ancestrum geographic ancestry test, individuals gain access to an unprecedented depth of genetic information. The insights derived from this test are multifaceted, providing not only a geographical mapping of one’s ancestry but also unveiling hidden threads of familial lineage, migration patterns, and historical contexts.
Moreover, the clarity gained from understanding your genetic ancestry can have practical implications, offering vital clues about predispositions to certain health conditions and illnesses, aiding in preventive healthcare strategies. It can also serve as a tool for building familial connections (not available in Ancestrum yet), allowing individuals to find and connect with distant relatives and explore their shared heritage.
How is Geographic Ancestry Different from Ethnicity and Race?
Geographic ancestry delves into the historical and geographical migration and settlement patterns of an individual’s ancestors, highlighting the diverse regions and populations one’s DNA is associated with. It is rooted in scientific analysis and seeks to unravel the intricacies of human migration and interaction.
In contrast, ethnicity and race are social constructs, defined by shared cultural attributes, language, and beliefs, and are not strictly determined by genetic makeup. The confluence of geographic ancestry, ethnicity, and race contributes to an individual’s unique identity, but it’s essential to discern the distinctions between these concepts to avoid oversimplification and generalization.
Customer Support and Consultation
Ancestrum prides itself on offering comprehensive support and consultation services to our customers. We understand that interpreting the results of a geographic ancestry test can be complex and, at times, overwhelming. Our team of expert genetic counselors and customer service representatives is available to assist you in understanding your results, addressing your concerns, and providing guidance on your ancestral journey.
Whether you have queries about the technical aspects of the test or need help deciphering the multifaceted information presented in your report, our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way. We strive to ensure that every individual who chooses Ancestrum gains a fulfilling and enriching experience.
Future Developments and Continuous Improvement
At Ancestrum, we are continually striving to enhance the accuracy and reliability of our geographic ancestry test. We are investing in research and development to expand our reference database, refine our algorithms, and incorporate advancements in genetic science. Our commitment to excellence ensures that we remain at the forefront of geographic ancestry testing, offering cutting-edge solutions and insights to individuals seeking to explore their heritage.
We anticipate the integration of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, to further optimize our analytical processes and deliver even more precise and nuanced results. Our dedication to progress underscores our mission to empower individuals with a profound understanding of their ancestral roots and a richer sense of their place in the tapestry of humanity.
Ancestrum: Embrace your heritage
The quest for understanding one’s roots has been a timeless pursuit, and with the advancements in genetic science, the ability to unravel the mysteries of our past has never been more accessible. The Ancestrum geographic ancestry test offers a gateway to exploring the diverse strands of your ancestral lineage, painting a vivid picture of your heritage and unlocking the stories encapsulated in your DNA.
By choosing Ancestrum, you are embracing a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment, unveiling the rich tapestry of cultures, populations, and regions that have shaped your existence. The knowledge gained through this exploration extends beyond personal enrichment, fostering a deeper appreciation for our shared human experience and the boundless diversity that defines our world.
Geographic Ancestry Frequently Asked Questions
How are the geographic regions distributed in the Ancestrum report? Is there more detailed information on some regions than others?
The reference database we use for our genetic ancestry tests includes an infinite number of samples from people whose ancestors have lived in a particular region for generations, so they have a high level of representativeness and reliability. These samples detail a broad set of regions, spanning the world’s geography throughout history, and reflect the genetic diversity that exists within them.
Although we cover the vast majority of the planet, the level of regional detail is not exactly the same in all areas of the world. However, our team performs multiple checks and adjustments in order to give a balanced and quality result. There are also some specific regions that are not yet included in the reference, but we are continuously working to complete it as much as possible in order to offer a better result.
In addition to this, it is important to note that the demographic history can be very different depending on the populations, and their mix with other population groups may have been greater or lesser. Those regions that have had less admixture are easier to define genetically than those that are the result of more complex genetic admixtures over time between different populations.
Can I find relatives using this test?
Yes, but you must use third party apps for getting the results. While the primary focus of the Ancestrum geographic ancestry test is to determine your ancestral origins, it can also provide insights that may help you connect with distant relatives. You can ask for your raw data file for getting family matching in third party apps (It is not available yet in Ancestrum).
How does discovering my geographic ancestry impact my daily life?
Uncovering your geographic ancestry can provide a profound understanding of your heritage, allowing you to connect with your roots and better comprehend your identity. It can strengthen your sense of belonging and enhance your appreciation for cultural diversity and family history.
Can I take the Ancestrum test if I know little or nothing about my family history?
Yes, the Ancestrum geographic ancestry test is ideal for individuals who may have limited or no information about their family history. The test can provide insightful details about your geographical and ancestral origins, irrespective of your prior knowledge of your lineage.
What should I do if I have trouble understanding my results?
If you have any difficulties interpreting your results, our dedicated team of expert genetic counselors and customer service representatives are available to assist you in understanding your results, addressing any concerns, and providing guidance on your ancestral journey.
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