Discovering my family ancestry with Living DNA

Living DNA | Nicole Navigates

Have you ever wanted to discover where you are from?

I love watching programmes like Who Do You Think You Are and Long Lost Families where people discover their families and where they come from.

As for me, I know who my family are and I know where I come from. I was born in Kent, where I lived for 13 years before moving up to Northamptonshire. There have never been any hidden family secrets.

However, when Living DNA got in touch with me to take part in a Living DNA test, I couldn't say no.

The possibility of finding out where I came from and discovering my ancestry was so appealing to me.

Who knows, I could discover something completely new about my ancestry...

It was so exciting, I couldn't wait to receive my kit.

Living DNA | Nicole Navigates

What is Living DNA?

Living DNA is the world's most advanced DNA test, offering twice the detail of other ancestry tests.

It can provide you with thorough details on where you come from around the world, what your motherline is (if you're female), what your fatherline is (if you're male) plus a whole history of your ancestry, which is put into context as it shows you a breakdown going back 10 generations!

Plus, you can even find out which Haplogroup you belong in and where its origins come from.

Living DNA was nothing like I had heard before. I had heard of normal DNA tests but nothing as in-depth as this one.

My experience

Receiving the package was simple enough and it was small enough to fit through a letterbox. Which is ideal, especially if you don't want to wait for big packages.

Once I opened the package, all the instructions and the tools you needed to complete the DNA test.

The steps were pretty easy to follow:

  1. I had to activate my kit online and collect my DNA sample using an easy to use mouth swab which involved me using it anti-clockwise to get all my skin DNA cells.
  2. I inserted my DNA swab into Living DNA's free returns bag into the post box.
  3. I awaited my results which took around 4 weeks and I received an email notifying me that my DNA journey was about to begin...

And when the results were in, I was intrigued by what I discovered...

Living DNA | Nicole Navigates

What I discovered

Mainly, I wasn't surprised at what I discovered in terms of where I came from. However, there were still some discoveries that took me by surprise.

It was obvious that the majority of my ancestry was 97.8% Great Britain and Ireland, having been born in Great Britain and the majority of my family being from here.

You could go into more detail and see where your ancestry lies by global, regional and sub-regional which was really interesting. The sub-regional made more sense to look into further, seeing as I was mainly from Great Britain and Ireland.

Again, it was no surprise that I was 47.8% from the South-East, which is Kent where I was born and raised and where the majority of my family are from too.

As I was looking through my sub-regions, each one made sense in terms of where my family comes from, as being interested in family trees, I already knew where

However, I was really interested to see that some of my sub-region ancestries was from Northwest England, Cumbria and North Wales. As I am unsure what family members of mine are from these regions...

Discoveries like this made me consider just how much I want to explore my family history even more.

But one of the most surprising discoveries was the other percentage of my regional ancestry.

Turns out, I have 2.2% South Europe in me, which turns out to be from Tuscany, Italy.

I never thought in a million years I would have some Italian in me. A small percentage, yes, but still some!

I also found out that I am part of Haplogroup H, which I discovered is one of the most common groups in Europe and is found in most European countries.

Turns out, this group is thought to have originated between 25,000 and 30,000 years before present - pretty cool, huh!?

Living DNA | Nicole Navigates
Living DNA | Nicole Navigates

Would I recommend a Living DNA test?

If you are pretty certain where you come from and know a lot about your family history as I do, I'm not sure whether a Living DNA test is right for you.

It might just give you results on everything you already know, but in much thorough detail and it will give you your ancestry and where you come from in percentages.

However, I can't deny how accurate, intellectual and thorough the test is and I would highly recommend giving it a go if you are interested in diving a bit deeper into your family history.

I can see how a Living DNA test can be fascinating for someone who may not know much about their family tree or ancestry, or perhaps for someone who is adopted and wants to find out more about their background.

For me, despite not being so surprised at the results (I am mostly British, yay) it is so cool to see on a physical map, as a travel lover, where in the UK I come from and how all those regions make me.

But I did enjoy my 2.2% surprise that I have Tuscany, Italian ancestry in me - after asking my parents where that comes from, both had absolutely no idea, which makes me want to find out for myself where that ancestor lies and whether it's on my mother's or father's side.

Overall, I really enjoyed discovering my family ancestry and think it's something people should definitely consider doing if you want to dive deeper into your family history.

Living DNA | Nicole Navigates

To find out more about Living DNA and to order your kit, visit the Living DNA website and start your journey today.

*I was gifted the Living DNA kit in exchange for an honest review. All photos and opinions are my own *



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