I’ve always been fascinated by my ancestry and genetics. In fact, in my early teens, I paid a visit to a heritage centre in Jedburgh with my parents, here we traced our surname and discovered its ancestral links.
I’ll be honest I’ve always been more intrigued by my paternal heritage, purely because my paternal grandparents had passed away before I was born. I felt like I missed out on talking to them about their family history, something my maternal grandparents had the opportunity to do.
Since losing my dad, I think my need to know more has strengthened. Staunchly proud of him and the history he shared with us I’ve found myself wanting to delve further into our past.
And now thanks to ancestry testing I have been able to. With the aid of my DNA and a research team, I have been able to discover the ancestry that makes up my DNA.
Using the kit
When in receipt of the home testing kit, you are required to create an account online, this will allow you to view your results when they become available. Once you create your account all you need to do is complete all four swabs and post them off in the envelope provided.
You will receive an email once your results are available. This will advise you to log in to your account, where you will find the report detailing your DNA findings.
Receiving my report
I was excited to open my report and discover the findings and when I discovered that the ORKNEY ISLANDS was in my top 3 gene pools I was ecstatic. As someone who loves her Scottish roots, I was delighted to see that this went way back throughout my ancestry.
The Orkneys are a small group of islands that lie off the North Coast of Scotland. They have a unique history of interaction with Neolithic populations to the south and later conquest by Viking Scandinavians populations from the east. The people of this region pride themselves in their Viking and Scottish roots.
However, discovering that my highest genetic marker was FENNOSCANDIA was a big shock. I’ve never really imagined that I could have links to Vikings.
In fact, I found that my gene pool is made up of a composition of 12 markers, ranging from 19.5% to 0.8%. And so many of them surprised me.
I did have to laugh though with most of them being cold climates, I would’ve thought my DNA would be hardened against zero temperatures but yet I’m always freezing.
One of the things I like the most about this ancestry test is the interactive map and migration stories that are featured in the report. They offer different scenarios as possible reasons for the migration of my ancestors
The idea of two migration paths and the historical facts which were included had me eager to read about the journey that my ancestors were likely to have taken. With the first migration story going back as far as 100 AD,
I learned so much that I didn’t know including the wars of Finland or the rise of the Finnish culture. All facts that I discovered amongst Migration A.
Whereas Migration B taught me the history of the Gallo-Roman culture and about the rise of the famous king Charlemagne of the Carolingian dynasty
I love all the pieces of history that are held in my report. Not only within the migration stories but also the information detailed in my top three gene pools. For example, I never knew that the habitation of the Orkney Islands can only be dated back the past 6000 years.
I am so pleased with the information I’ve discovered and am fascinated to think that it all generated from four swabs containing my DNA. Since I’ve received my results, several of my family members have looked into getting their own test, to see where our ancestry interlinks.
If you want to learn more about your ancestry and the history that relates to it, then this kit is definitely for you.
The GPS Origins® Ancestry Test retails at £155
About the Kit
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
• Easy-to-follow instructions
• Cheek swabs for DNA collection
• Prepaid envelope for returning samples to the lab