African Ancestry


13 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. TRACE YOUR DNA. FIND YOUR ROOTS. Using the power of DNA and the most comprehensive database of indigenous African genetic sequences in existence, African Ancestry is the ONLY company that can trace your ancestry back to a specific present-day African country of origin, and often to specific African ethnic groups dating back more than 500 years ago. If the results are from another continent, that information will be provided. Find your roots on your father’s side more than 500 years ago. The PatriClan Test traces paternal ancestry by analyzing the Y chromosome men inherit exclusively from their fathers. Since only men carry a Y chromosome, women CANNOT take the PatriClan Test. But luckily, women may trace their paternal lineage by having a male relative from their father’s side take the test for them. The results of his PatriClan Test will be the same for his father, grandfather, children, siblings, brother’s children, paternal aunts and uncles, etc. Find your roots on your mother’s side more than 500 years ago. The MatriClan Test traces maternal ancestry by analyzing the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) women and men inherit exclusively from their mothers. Men AND women can take this test. In fact, you share the same mtDNA as your mother, grandmother, great grandmother and so on. Therefore, your results are the same for your siblings, maternal aunts and uncles, maternal cousins, etc. For women, your results are also the same for your children and your daughter’s children.


5614 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20015
United States

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  • Purchase your maternal and/or paternal test kit from our online store. You’ll receive your test kit within 7 – 10 business days.
  • TEST
  • When you receive your test kit, simply swab the inside of your cheek using the swabs provided and return your DNA sample in confidential packaging, via the prepaid envelope supplied.
  • See test kit. Watch swabbing video.
  • Once we receive your DNA sample, our laboratory extracts your DNA’s genetic sequence. Then scientists compare your sequence to the largest database of African genetic sequences in existence.
  • Approximately 6-8 weeks after you submit your DNA sample, you'll receive your results package with your Certificate of Ancestry, and from there your journey into self discovery truly begins.

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