Helping you understand your Ethnic Background

Europe & the Middle East

Europe and the Middle East—neighbours. While one could argue that not all of Europe is particularly close to the Middle East, and not all of the Middle East is within close proximity to Europe, both geographic locations are within touching distance at their closest points.

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Can DNA tests contradict History?

Sometimes Ancestral DNA tests and history (depending on who is being asked) can butt heads. For instance, DNA tests, as well as history, may indicate that people from ethnic group X have original roots from group Y…

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BeyondDNA is honoured to be in the Top 50 DNA blogs!

BeyondDNA is very pleased to have been chosen as being one of the Top 50 DNA blogs by blog.feedspot.com.  Thanks for reading our blogs!




Maternal, Paternal or Autosomal?

Often times, when a person wants to take an ethnic DNA test, he or she will have difficulty deciding if they should take the maternal test, the paternal test, or the autosomal test. For those who are unfamiliar with the different kinds of testing, maternal testing involves only one lineage in a person’s family tree: mother -> grandmother -> great grandmother, etc. The paternal test also only examines one lineage in a person’s family tree: father -> grandfather -> great grandfather etc. It is often said that although the…

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We are all ethnically mixed!

Taking an ethnic DNA test can be an extremely eye-opening experience. Not only does it reveal where a person’s ancestors came from, it reminds people of the fact that as human beings, we are all very mixed. There is not one person on planet earth who only belongs to one ethnic background. While some people may have a more homogenous background, everyone has ancestry stemming from multiple locations.

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What is Ethnic Heritage?

Ethnic Heritage pertains to a group of people who share the same ancestry, culture, religion and language.  This is who you are and where you came from. It is comprised of the culture you practice, and your ancestral background. Usually, when people talk about representing their heritage, they imply…

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What is the term Diaspora referring to?

People sometimes hear the term Diaspora, and wonder what it means.  Did you know that this refers to a group of people that moved, or scattered, from their homeland to a new location, perhaps on another continent?  Read more for some examples.

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What You Should Know About DNA Analysis?

Most people think of DNA analysis as being expensive and complex. Although there are many DNA analysis companies, when choosing the right one, you will gain tremendous insight into your ancestral tree, as well as a detailed report. With the use of DNA analysis, your genetic material is carefully evaluated and used to identify recent and distant ancestors.

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Types of Genetic Tests Available, and Why They Matter

Ancestry genetic testing is performed regularly for paternity court cases and for helping people trace their ancestors over thousands of years. At one time, genetic testing was an expensive and complex procedure but today, it is actually quite easy.

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The Secret Behind a DNA Ethnicity Test

A DNA ancestry test provides information about a person’s ethnicity. With DNA test results in hand, you have the opportunity to learn about a specific ancestor, your child, and even yourself. Many people are curious about their family tree. Thanks to modern technology and professional assistance, there is an easy way to get answers.

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