Who am I and where did I come from?

Have you ever asked yourself those existential and philosophical questions about your origin? What kind of journey did my mother's mother, and the mother of her mother, and the mothers of thousands of generations before her went through to finally settle down here where I am now? Am I really a descendent of the ethnic group that I think I belong to?

Genetics helps us to figure out answers to questions such as, 'Who am I and where did I come from?'. Through genetic analysis, we can trace back in time tens of thousands of years and learn about the history of our ancestors that is written in our DNA.
Genoplan's ancestry service can guide you through your journey to finding your genetic roots and navigate through your genetic testing results.


Am I a descendent of mixed origins? | A look into your ancestry composition

Geno's ancestry report showed that Geno is East Asian, with a breakdown of 90.1% South Chinese, 9.8% Vietnamese, and <0.1% Japanese ethnicity. To her knowledge, all of her upper generations were from South China, so she was expecting a result of '100% South Chinese'. How come the result came back different from what he expected?

In order to figure out the ancestry breakdown in the DNA, Genoplan collected genotype samples from various ethnic groups and created a set of genotype reference data.

Once we use this reference data, we can learn how similar Geno's genotype is to the genotypes of certain ethnic groups, which is called 'genetic similarity'. In Geno's case, Geno's genetic similarity to South Chinese came out 90.1% and to Vietnamese 9.8%.

According to this result, Geno could have had an ancestor from an ethnic group that she wasn't aware of, or the different ethnic groups could have stemmed from a common ancestor. In fact, the common ancestor of all mankind is traced back to Africa, and populations along the migration path of different groups that diverged from this common ancestor share similar genetic information with one another.

Thus, the DNA analysis allows you to trace your ethnic roots back tens of thousands of years and unveils your genetic linkages to a wider population across the world.

Who is my mother's mother? | A look into your haplogroup assignment

To understand about haplogroups, you first need to know about the mitochondria DNA (mtDNA) - a unique DNA that is found in the mitochondria that generates energy for cells. Unlike any other DNA that are passed down 50% each from mothers and fathers, mtDNA is passed down only from mothers. By tracking the mtDNA, the maternal line of each individual can be traced back.

If every person would trace back his or her maternal line, all of our lines would meet at a single female who is assumed to have lived in Africa about 200,000 years ago. The descendants of this 'mother of mankind' migrated from Africa to various regions across the world and diverged into different groups in a span of tens of thousands of years. Those groups are called haplogroups. Today, scientists identified 30 major haplogroups with distinctive traits.

By matching the mtDNA analysis results with the distinctive haplogroup traits, 97.4% of Genoplan's customers could be assigned to 9 different haplogroups. The migration paths of those haplogroups have been illustrated in the reports to provide a closer look into the journey of the respective ancestors.


Genoplan's ‘Ancestry Service’ provides a look into your ancestry breakdown and genetic trajectory of your ancestors by analyzing the unique genetic traces of different ethnic groups.

The ancestry analysis is still an ongoing research mission, and the results will become more substantial with time. Genoplan will continue to deliver enlightening stories written in our DNA.

  • The 'Ancestry Service' is provided to Basic 20+, Standard 80+, Premium 460+ and Genoplan DNA customers only.