Think you know where you come from? Think you know what you’re made of?

Our sense of identity stems from our upbringing – our culture, our family values, and the stories passed down from generation to generation. But how much do you really know about who you are and where you come from, and how does that influence how you look at the rest of the world?

We joined forces with international travel search site, Momondo to put 67 people to the test – the DNA test. Each coming from different cultures and backgrounds, participants were taken on a journey into who they are based on their DNA. What they discovered is that they have much more in common with other nationalities than they could have expected and that we are all members one global family. This is The DNA Journey.

How DNA works

Your DNA is unique to you, so how does it tell us about where you come from? “We get 50% of our DNA from mum and 50% of our DNA from dad,” explains AncestryDNA expert, Brad Argent. “They get 50% from their parents, and so forth and so forth and it goes back a long way. Those little bits of our ancestors trickle down through our parents, to us. So a genetic DNA test that looks at genealogy elements such as ethnicity can tell you where your ancestors have come from.”

How does DNA open the world?

Many of us have grown up thinking we’re a part of a particular cultural story. But our DNA reveals that we’re actually a part of many stories. “What I love about DNA,” explains Brad, “is it tells a biological history of who we are. It sits beside the culture history and paints another picture of who we are.”

Learn more about The DNA Journey and the participant’s stories here.

Find out more information about taking the AncestryDNA test here.

Bryony Partridge

Bryony is the International PR Manager for Ancestry where she implements strategic communications and social media programs that bring increased media awareness for the company.

26 Comments

  1. Estella Lamfu

    Ancestry DNA gave me answers, as well as questions about my characteristics. ….’ I Am’ a unique copy of My ancestors.

  2. Sandy McGraw

    They say if 22 or 23 people are picked at random to compare notes (in this case DNA), two people will found a common match. The odds are that high! Its called 6 degrees of separation…and sometimes only 2 or 3 degrees…

  3. Iuliu Ciupe-Vaida

    Please let us know how and where we can take this test in Romania or Hungary

  4. Fatih

    What a wonderfull well Commercial. I would love to do this. Where can I make this researach done?

  5. Sara

    I was always told I was of French Irish heritage. But now I am curious. How do I get this done?

  6. Bryony Partridge

    Hello everyone and thank you to those who are curious about learning more about AncestryDNA. You can find information about AncestryDNA and order your kit based on where you live at http://www.ancestrydna.com. If you have any other questions, please let us know.

  7. Carmen S.

    I’ve already signed up for the DNA test kit but did not receive an email confirmation. I triedone more time and it said I had already entered. Is there a way to contact the company to make sure I receive my confirmation??

  8. robyn

    Love this is should be available world wide I too would love to have DNA test like everyone else would…

  9. Afshan Fatima

    I want to know if I can sign up for this from India. It’s not there on the list of countries in the second step.

  10. Elizabeth

    I ordered the DNA kits for my husband and myself. We did the kits and mailed them in. We got email confirmation our kits were received about a week ago. I am so excited to get our results! There are so many verbal stories that have passed from generation to generation regarding ethenticity, colorful characters, etc. We have seen the commercial about the guy that wears the German outfit but after getting his results had to trade that outfit in for a Scottish Kilt. So looking forward to our results!

  11. Donna Boliver

    I believe I am English to the core. Back to the American revolution. I do have one Great Great grandfather in England that is in doubt

  12. Loretta Simpson

    Is AncestrybyDNA associated with Ancestry.com? I thought it was, but it never panned out. I called customer service and the guy I talked to said it was a different company and it was somewhat shady. I just gave it up after checking with my credit card who said the $288 I charged for my husband and myself hadn’t come through. Since I didn’t receive any DNA kits, I gave it up. My husband wants me to try again. How should I go about it? Please help. Thanks,
    Loretta Simpson
    lfsimps02@aol.com

    • Jessica Murray

      Loretta, The DNA test you’re referring to is not associated with AncestryDNA. Our AncestryDNA test combines advanced DNA science with the world’s largest online family history resource to predict your genetic ethnicity and help you find new family connections. It maps ethnicity going back multiple generations, anywhere from 500-1000 years and can also help identify relationships with unknown relatives through a dynamic list of possible DNA member matches. We invite you to learn more about our autosomal test here: AncestryDNA.com

  13. Richard Alfred Blanco Ambrosius

    Los genes de dos padres están contenidos en nuestro cuerpo… y los de 4 abuelos, 8 bisabuelos, 16 tatarabuelos… y en un cálculo rápido en 20 generaciones ascendientes, la complejidad genética de 1.048.576 individuos puede estar contenida en nuestro vehículo físico. Estos registros parece se producen rápido, sucesos notables que haya experimentado una persona durante su infancia se registraron, y ya son heredados por sus nietos.
    Logremos ser pacientes con nuestra carne, y la carnalidad de los terceros en la cual seguro se manifiesta hoy, algo que también tuvieron nuestros antepasados y está en nuestra sangre.
    Tenemos los genes de toda la naturaleza terrícola.
    “Somos la sangre humana“.

  14. Jayant Chacko

    I am from India and I want to do this test to see where I am from. Will I be able to do this though only 17 countries allow to do this. I am in Australia right now. Can I do this?

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Jayant: Hi, if you have an Australian shipping address and an Australian credit card you will be able to order our DNA test from dna.ancestry.com.au.

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