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Ramunda Y., African Ancestry Family Member

African ancestry

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 1,000,000 people re-connect with the roots of their family tree. With the industry’s largest and most comprehensive database of over 30,000 indigenous African DNA samples.

Dr. Gina Paige

Co-founder & President, African Ancestry, Inc.

Dr. Rick Kittles

Co-founder, Scientific Director, African Ancestry, Inc.

Why African ancestry

Helped more than 1,000,000 people re-connect with the roots of their family tree.

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Specific African country and tribe results


Largest database of African genetic sequences




Your privacy is

What you get with the product

Your mtDNA has power. It provides energy for every cell in your body. mtDNA also has a series of unique markers that tell a profound story about you and your family.

  • Your present-day African country and ethnic group, if your result is African.
  • Personalized Certificate Of Ancestry.
  • A new sense of pride in your identity and a deeper connection with your Ancestors.
  • HVR1, HVR2 & HVR3 (hypervariable region) designations and mitochondrial haplogroup.
  • “Guide to African History and Cultures” E-book.
  • Exclusive access to Online Community on Facebook.


how it works

We each carry in our DNA a series of indicators that provide information about our ancestry. This information is passed from generation to generation and can tell a profound story about where we come from, and highlight our connections to modern-day Africa.

Step #1


Your DNA

Depending on which test you purchase, we analyze either the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that you inherited from your mother, the Y chromosome that men inherit from their fathers or autosomal DNA that you inherit from both parents.

Step #2


Your Family Tree

You share information within the genes we extract that is unchanged through every branch of your family tree. In other words, we identify the unique fingerprint that you share with your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on along a single lineage.

Step #3


Your History

Utilizing pioneering genetic scientific methods, we look closely for markers or mutations that indicate where in the world your ancestry is found. If your genes indicate Africa, we then compare them to the world’s largest database of African lineages to.

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Identifies your present-day African country of origin


Results can be shared with your entire family


Contains over 33,000 African lineages across 40 countries


100% black-owned including black geneticists and staff


Reveals what percentage of
your Ancestry is African


Results can only be shared by siblings with the same two parents


Contains fewer than 3000 African lineages acorss 10 African regions


Public traded with no Black ownership or geneticists

Celebrate Your Blackness

From the people who have paved the way to the places that inspire us to the spaces that have become sacred.

privacy is everything

We DO NOT sell or share your genetic information.

Your Information Is Confidential

When your DNA sample is submitted to the lab, no personal information is provided. It is only identified by a barcode maintained by African Ancestry.

All Genetic Material Is Destroyed

Once your DNA sequence has been analyzed, all generic material including additional cheek swabs are destroyed at the lab.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns African Ancestry?
African Ancestry is a 100% Black-owned business founded in 2003 by Dr. Rick Kittles and Gina Paige.
What's the likelihood of receiving a result other than African?

Ninety-two percent (92%) of the people who take this test receive an African result. There is an 8% chance that your result will not be African.

How do the test kits work?

Other ancestries, we report an mtDNA haplogroup and/or geographic region.

  • We use the largest number of African DNA samples in the industry to analyze your ancestry.
  • We do not maintain a database of customer information.
  • We do not sell or share customers’ personal or genetic information.
  • We do not provide customer information to law enforcement.
  • We do not biobank your genetic material. All genetic material is destroyed at the lab.
  • We analyze mtDNA and Y Chromosome. We do not use autosomal DNA.
Can I send results from another company's test for analysis?
Maternal Ancestry Results

Yes, if you have a mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence and an mtDNA Haplogroup L from another company, then your MatriClan Test result will be African.

If it is not Haplogroup L, then do not take the MatriClan Test. If it is, please click here to submit an Analysis Only request.

Paternal Ancestry Results

Yes, if you have Y-chromosome markers and a Y Haplogroup of A, B or E from another company, then your PatriClan Test result will be African.

If it is not a Y Haplogroup of A, B or E, then do not take the PatriClan Test. If it is, please click here to submit an Analysis Only request.

Admixture/Autosomal Results

No, we cannot use autosomal data from another company. However, please check your results to see if the company gave you an mtDNA haplogroup or Y chromosome haplogroup. We can provide better direction if you have that data. Contact us at

What is the refund policy?
In accordance with our Terms and Conditions, African Ancestry does not refund MatriClan Tests, PatriClan Tests or Family Packages after swabs have been received at the lab. International customers are responsible for the postage to return swabs to us.

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