10 Years And Counting

African Ancestry is a company that helps transform the way people view themselves and the way they view Africa!

Founded in 2003 by Dr. Rick Kittles and Gina Paige, African Ancestry is the world leader in tracing maternal and paternal lineages of African descent having helped more than 150,000 people re-connect with the roots of their family tree.

Most companies can only tell you what continent you originated from, but not what country. With the industry’s largest and most comprehensive database of over 30,000 indigenous African samples, African Ancestry determines specific countries and—more often than not—specific ethnic groups of origin with an unrivaled level of detail, accuracy and confidence.

African Ancestry is committed to providing a unique service to the black community by working daily to improve the cultural, emotional, physical, spiritual and economic wellbeing of people across the African Diaspora.



The Founders
Gina Paige
President, African Ancestry, Inc.

Country Of Origin: Nigeria

Prior to creating African Ancestry, Paige was the founder and president of GPG Strategic Resources, a boutique New York consulting firm specializing in strategy development, new product development and project management. With her signature entrepreneurial approach, some of the nation’s leading blue-chip companies benefited from her leadership and management skills for improved profitability. Sara Lee and Colgate-Palmolive are among the Fortune 200 companies she has contributed her considerable talents to.


Paige resides in Washington, D.C. and holds a degree in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the University Of Michigan Ross School Of Business.


To contact Gina Paige, email gpaige@africanancestry.com.

Rick Kittles, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, African Ancestry, Inc.
Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery

Country Of Origin: Nigeria

Rick Kittles received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from George Washington University in 1998. Dr. Kittles is well known for his research on prostate cancer and health disparities among African Americans. He has also been at the forefront of the development of ancestry-informative genetic markers, and the use of genetic ancestry to map genes for common traits and disease. Currently, Dr. Kittles is a Professor in the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.


Dr. Kittles was named in Ebony magazine’s “The Ebony Power 100.” Ebony selected the nation's top 100 African-American "power players" in sports, academia, religion, business, environment, science & tech, entertainment, arts and letters, fashion, politics, media, activism and health.


To contact Dr. Rick Kittles, email rkittles@africanancestry.com.