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We are all made up of all of us: Living DNA Ancestry Testing *

When I was in school, I had a friend who’s Mum was really interested in ancestry and every time I went round her house, her Mum was always on various ancestry websites, looking back over their family tree and trying to find out more about where they came from. It always piqued my interest and even as I got older, it was always something I would have been interesting in pursuing, had I had some sort of guidance of where to start because let’s face it, ancestry is a daunting topic to delve into when you don’t really know what you’re doing. I was contacted earlier in the year asking if I’d like to do a DNA ancestry test and review the service and the brand and of course, I said yes.

Living DNA offer a simple mouth swab testing kit which can then show you where your ancestors came from across 80 regions and dating back thousands of years until we get to the point in time where “we are all made up of all of us”, which is the slogan that Living DNA very much go by and I think that’s a lovely quote. Your DNA sample also explores the Motherline (for Women) and the Fatherline (for Men) and even tracing back migration paths that our ancestors took. Pretty incredible, huh?

The testing kit and process

So I was keen to give this a go, I find the whole concept absolutely fascinating and I liked the sound of what Living DNA do and what they try and show you. The website itself is incredibly easy to use, you just have to register your sample kit onto your account with your unique code on your kit, then follow the easy step-by-step instructions included in your kit on how to effectively take your sample. Then pop it in the pre-paid envelope, send it back and voila! Your journey to discovering your ancestors has begun. The whole process was effortlessly easy from receiving my kit, to getting my results.

The status of your sample gets updated on your account on their website and I also received emails telling me when they’d received it and when they had started testing on it too. It took a few weeks to test, understandably but then I was notified of when it was all done and able to log on to my account and have a look through my results. I was actually a little nervous logging on (no idea why) but here’s a basic run down of what was found…

My results

  • Family Ancestry: 97.6% European, 2.4% Near East
  • Predominant areas of Europe I share genetic ancestry with approx. 500 years ago (between 15th – 18th century): England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden.
  • Predominant areas of the UK I share genetic ancestry with approx. 934 years ago: Majority of England, Northern Island. Barely any Wales, surprisingly!
  • Other areas of the Europe and the world I share genetic ancestry with approx. 1,000 – 1,600 years ago: Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan and China (wow!)
  • Other areas in Europe I share genetic ancestry with approx. 4,200 years ago (The Bronze Age): Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Iceland, Iran
  • Motherline Haplogroup: H, Subclade: H2A1

What did I think and is it worth it?

The kit itself retails for £99 and that includes everything I’ve mentioned here, the sample kit, the account and obviously your results. You can also add on a personalized ancestry book of your results for an extra £39, which obviously I wouldn’t have needed but for anyone who perhaps doesn’t use a computer and would rather their results in their hands or as a gift for someone for their birthday or Christmas, I think the book would be a good choice.

I think we all know by this point that these types of kits aren’t cheap and rightly so, I mean, I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving my DNA to someone asking for a fiver for it, would you? But I think £99 is very reasonable for the information you’re getting (due to the nature of the tests your results will always be getting updated as well). As someone who’s always been interested in something like this, I think £100 is the most I’d want to pay, had I bought it myself.

I definitely think it’s worth it, for the price, the results and what you’re getting out of it. It’s so much more than a simple test because you’re finding out more about you – essentially. After reading my results, I felt a bit, not emotional but I guess connected is the right word. When you find out just how widespread your DNA is, how much of the word your DNA has covered and where in the world you’ve had relatives and ancestors, well it certainly made me feel a bit humble. At the end of the day, it’s fascinating stuff and I felt like it brought me closer, to me.

Have you ever done an ancestry or DNA test before? Did you find out anything interesting about your ancestry?

* Products featured in this post were sent to me in exchange for a review

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

77 Comments

  1. thats so cool! i”ve always wanted to know more about my family history!

    1. It was so interesting 🙂

  2. I really would love to do this and learn more about my past x

    1. I’d definitely recommend it at some point!

  3. wow this is such a lovely post jenny! i find stuff like this so interesting because I honestly haven’t met a lot of my family so I don’t know much about where we come from. I do know way back in the day my family had a castle in Scotland and a ship which are both obviously in ruins but still cool to know. I would love to do a kit like this. thanks for sharing! x

    mich / simplymich.com

    1. Wow! That’s amazing!

  4. I find it so fascinating finding out about ancestors and history. Thank you for explaining how it works as I’ve always been interested and may just purchase this myself. Such an interesting post!

    Samantha | https://believeinamiracle.co.uk

    1. Thank you 🙂 It really was so interesting!

  5. I’ve always found this kind of thing very interesting to delve into!

    1. It was indeed 🙂

  6. kelsey says:

    I’ve been so interested in this service so glad to hear about your experaince with it! They had a black friday sale too where they reduced it to around 70GBP!

    1. Oooh really?! That’s great value!

  7. My aunt is really into this sort of stuff as well, although I have to admit that I sometimes switch off, haha! This is really interesting though – great post!

    1. It’s much more interesting if you’re doing it at your own pace and finding out what YOU want rather than what someone else is doing ahha!

  8. that’s cool to know your ancestors migrated from Russia and China and etc. at one time in history! i did a test through 23andme and was disappointed by results because i guess no real specifics for asians.

    Joy at http://www.thejoyousliving.com

    1. That’s such a shame!

  9. I’m really curious about these tests and I’d like to do one sometime. This one is quite reasonably priced

    1. It really is, I’m surprised at how reasonable it is.

  10. I’ve never done a DNA ancestry test before and while it does sound interesting, I would be more interested in getting one done for my fiance! My family is still alive and I can still learn about my ancestry from them. My fiance, however, lost both of his parents and most of his family when he was a kid. He was bounced around in foster homes growing up and he doesn’t really know where he comes from. He puts on a brave face and acts like it doesn’t bother him but I would love to help him learn more about where he comes from and feel more connected to his family. Will def consider this for him! Thanks for the review!

    1. That’d be a great gift for him. Although even though your family are still alive, this test goes SO far back, you’ll always learn something.

  11. Chloe Jane says:

    This is pretty cool, I’ve heard a lot about these type of things and I’ve always been interested in giving it a go, thank you for explaining the whole process though, super helpful 🙂

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    1. Thank you 🙂

  12. Thank you for such a detailed post about this process. I am a little leery of sending my DNA to a company. It worries me what they really would do with it! I know that many people love the results and having more information esp those who do not know who their family really is.

    I am writing a story with a DNA test component and I think your post will be helpful for that as well!

    1. I just figure what are they gonna do with it? Clone me? I don’t really care that they’ve got me DNA because they’ve got thousands of other peoples too, mine’s not special!

  13. I have heard about those DNA test! I know roughly what my heritage is but it would be good to know more. I am sure u’d be very surprised. Although i am not sure i’d pay £100 for that

    1. You’d definitely be surprised! It goes so far back. This is actually one of the most reasonably priced ones.

  14. I’ve always found dna testing and ancestry tracing so fascinating – loved how you explained the stages and your results were also so cool! I think for me it would be more difficult as all my ancestors are from India so I wonder if a service like this would even have records?? I’m not sure! Have you heard the conspiracy theories about Ancestry testing? They’re pretty creepy but interesting at the same time 👀😂

    1. Yeah I’ve heard those theories haha! I’m not sure how your results would fair but I bet you’d still have some surprises in there!

  15. I have been going back and forth with the idea of purchasing this, as much as I believe I know where I’m from, I’m so so intrigued with it all and I just want to know!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk

    1. You’d definitely find some surprises!

  16. I’ve always found ansestory really interesting, I’ve always been curious of my own background as half of my family being from the uk and the other Barbados! I’d love to give this a go! Xx

    1. Wow that’s interesting!

  17. Nicculent says:

    this post was so interesting!you’ve been adding such diversity into your blog posts these days and im loving it!

    1. Thank you so much 🙂

  18. I traced some of my family back and found out a had a great (can’t remember how many greats lol) Aunt on my Dad’s side who was on the Titanic and survived. That was pretty fun to find out! 🙂

    Sarah x
    http://boxnip.co.uk

    1. Holy crap! That’s amazing!

  19. I’ve thought about doing something like this, but ultimately I don’t trust any of the companies that do consumer genetic testing – in their terms and services they mention in fairly blunt language that they may sell your DNA info to other consumer data groups, possibly the government even. That’s scary stuff to me!

    And maybe I’m a bit in the minority in that I don’t care where I come from. I’m here now, and that’s what matters to me.

    1. Haha, I really couldn’t care less what they do with my DNA. They have thousands of other people’s DNA’s, mine’s not special. What are they going to do, clone me? I just don’t know how you can’t be interested in your family heritage, I find it so interesting.

  20. I did this test and it was so interesting x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

    1. It really was!

  21. I find things like this so interesting! I’ve always wanted to know more about my dna and do something like this, but I’ve never known where to look. This kit looks great and for the price you get so much information. I definitely think it would be a good christmas present maybe for grandparents and having it all in the personalised book, such a lovely idea! xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. It would definitely make a lovely Christmas pressie! 😌

  22. Honestly stuff like this FASCINATES me, and if I had the money I’d do one of these tests in a heartbeat.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    1. So interesting isn’t it 😌

  23. I’ve managed to trace back so much of my family and found a photo of my great great great grandmother! This is so cool as well!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Wow that’s amazing! I’d love to really delve into ancestry like that 😌

  24. I’m adopted so the info I have about anything is really limited. I have no idea where I come from, not even a medical background comes with an adoptee (though it should) x

    1. You’d get all the same info that I did through this test though 😌

  25. My mum’s really into ancestry. Fascinating isn’t it, as you say. Good idea for a present! Helen x
    http://www.helenloves.co.uk

    1. It really would be! I’d love to get into it more 😌

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