If you’re looking to test your DNA to find out where you’re from and what ethnicity you really are, there are countless services to choose from. Living DNA is a popular choice and it can provide you with in-depth detail at a reasonable price. It can do a very in-depth analysis of British lineage, too, so consumers from the UK give favorable reviews of this service.

The website, www.livingdna.com, is very user friendly and easy to understand. It offers a portal where users can log in and see their results after the tests are processed at the laboratory in Denmark.

How does it work?

Just like most of the other DNA testing services, the process is extremely simple:

  1. Order your kit. It can be shipped anywhere in the world via standard or express shipping methods.
  2. Collect a cheek swab. You need to activate your kit online and then use the simple mouth swab from the kit to collect your DNA sample.
  3. Return your sample. Take your DNA collection and seal it in the returns bag that comes in your kit. (It’s free!)
  4. Wait for your results. Results take about 10 to 12 weeks to come in.

What will the DNA test tell me?

Living DNA’s product is an all-in-one package. The test provides a motherline ancestry test, which tests your maternal haplogroup assignment. In other words, the test traces back your mother’s family tree and can tell you where your haplogroup exists the most on Earth. The test does an analysis of over 4,000 areas of mtDNA in your sample and shows you migration patterns of your mother’s side.

Similarly, male subjects will receive an analysis of their paternal haplogroup assignment, which does the same thing as the motherline test. This test analyzes over 21,000 areas of the Y-chromosome and provides migration patterns of the father’s side.

Living DNA’s results also include a family ancestry test. This does exactly what it sounds like – it analyzes your genetic makeup back to approximately ten generations to show you what areas of the world your DNA is most prevalent in. If your main ancestry is in Britain or Ireland, you will also receive a sub-regional breakdown of it. The list of 80 areas that they analyze is continuously growing. Living DNA also includes a ‘back in time’ feature, which maps out how “We Are All Made Up Of All Of Us.”


Living DNA is considered a pretty good bargain compared to some other services. The regular rate is $159, but there is usually a sale that brings the cost down to $99. Users say that this is a great deal for the amount of information provided in the results.

Users also have the option to purchase a personalized book with the results for $69. Most people don’t opt to get this, but it is a nice choice if you are getting the results for someone who is not tech-savvy.


The biggest downside of the family ancestry feature is that it is unable to determine which one of your parents parts of your ancestry come from and it cannot tell you what generation these parts came from. However, if you’re looking for a decent yet inexpensive DNA test, Living DNA might be for you, but if you are looking for other features such as a family finder feature, it might be best to look elsewhere.

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