My Living DNA result has arrived 10

There is nothing more exciting than getting an email to say “results are in”.  I tested with Living DNA back in early November and it’s been a long wait for results.  On first look I have to say their results were well worth waiting for.  Living DNA is another DNA testing site that genealogists, and people with an interest in their heritage, are testing with to get a breakdown of where their relatively recent family come from.  My Living DNA say that their test provides a genetic history going back approximately 6 generations.  To cut a long story short (and to avoid a lot of technical and genetic detail) they basically compare my DNA to thousands of other individuals around the world.

OK let’s take a look my results … like other testing sites (I’ve tested with Ancestry, ftdna, and 23andMe) it seems I am very British. 88% British according to Living DNA.

This ties up quite nicely with my test results from Ancestry, where I was 90% British and Irish

But here’s the exciting part of the Living DNA test, they breakdown the test into regions within Britain.   I was very pleasantly surprised to find this matches pretty well to the paper trail research that I’ve undertaken over many many years.

So I decided to go through the Living DNA breakdown and looked at how that matched up to my known family tree.

I started by looking at where my great grandparents lines originated, at least back as far as I’ve been able to currently research (mostly back to around late 1600s) .  I put together a quick list of where each great grandparent was known to come from.


Once I had that done i tried to line this up with the breakdown from Living DNA.   This is what the result looks like when I open up the regions in the Living DNA dashboard.

From here I tried to match my known paper trail regions across to the Living DNA list.  I’ve not really looked at percentages in any details yet, but they “feel” right in many cases.

There is an elephant in the room!  What on earth is the 12% Tuscany?   This is completely unknown to me, and there is no Italian DNA coming up in any other test.  So like all genetic genealogy, some more pieces of the puzzle are in place, but there is a lot more to do and more questions arising.  I have to say I’ve found this a fascinating exercise.

One of the other tests that Living DNA do is the mtDNA and if you are male they will also give you a Y DNA haplogroup too.  The mtDNA result from Living DNA is H3 and this exactly the haplogroup I already knew from both 23andMe and also ftDNA’s specific mtDNA test.

There are also some funky looking migration maps and a few links that are not yet working.  Living DNA did note that as I am in one of the first batches of tests … that they will be adding more information and updating results as more tests are done.  Looking forward to this!



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10 thoughts on “My Living DNA result has arrived

  • Phil.

    Very interesting, it seems that Living DNA ethnicity report is much more detailed than say Ancestry DNA. I assume a DNA test goes back infinitely in time but of course at some point becomes statistically insignificant, I am not sure when that would be. Could it be your “Elephant in the room” is the influence of the Romans which most British people would carry. My paper trails cover a similar period and shows my ancestors about 99% from English regions over last 200-400 years, yet Ancestry DNA found me to be only 30% Great Britain, the rest made up from Western Europe (38%) Irish (21%) and trace, Scandanvia (11%). Think I need to take a Living DNA test to validate my “Englishness”.

    • donna_rutherford Post author

      I’m hearing that a lot of people got this Tuscany result … it may be an issue given that testing is still new. I’m waiting to see if it might change in the future.
      It’s definitely a lot more detailed than Ancestry, but Ancestry is rolling out their Genetic Communites at the end of March and that’s going to add a lot more detail to their ethnicity estimate.

    • donna_rutherford Post author

      They may update that in the future as more people test. I read that the Tuscany percentage seems to have turned up in lot of results unexpectantly.

      • Evelyn Hay

        I also have the same elephant in the room! 3.5% Tuscany! Also 3.2% Baltic! Everything else matched well with my own research.
        Let’s see what happens inthe future with the results!

    • donna_rutherford Post author

      Because I’m interested in genetic genealogy and fascinated with how the tests work and how the results compare.

  • Linda Meade

    My maternal grandmother was adopted. My family knows her birth mom’s name but nothing else. Would mito DNA testing helpnus find relatives and solve a 108 yeat old mystery?

    • donna_rutherford Post author

      MtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) does trace the mothers mothers mothers line, but for genealogy purposes it might not be the best test to take. Because there are only small numbers of people who have tested (compared to autosomal DNA testing), and also due to how mtDNA mutates. MtDNA mutates much slower than other types of DNA and therefore if you do find matches they may be people who have a common ancestor with you, thousands of years ago.
      For finding biological family within the genealogical time frame (last 5-6 generations) I would recommend starting with an autosomal DNA test with one of the major DNA testing companies.