How to understand your nationality without any expensive tests?

How to understand your nationality without any expensive tests?

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Answer 1
June, 2021

If we are talking about genetic tests, then they show only the probable regions of origin of your (very) distant ancestors, and with low geographic accuracy. Genogeography uses mainly haplogroups on the Y-chromosome (which women do not have) and mitochondrial DNA (everyone has mitochondria, but are inherited only through the maternal line). However, some companies claim to use the entire human genome. But experts always emphasize that they are not engaged in identifying the "real" ethnicity of people, because nationality (ethnicity) is a social concept, not a biological one.

You can get tested for free if your genome is of interest to science. Researchers are mainly interested in the genetic material of rural residents, indigenous and small peoples, i.e. those whose ancestors lived in a particular place for centuries, ideally before the beginning of the written history of mankind. However, it happens that material is collected from carriers of specific surnames (here is a list of one specific laboratory, however, it has not been updated since 2009).

My personal advice - if there are financial constraints, it is worth investing not so much in genetic testing (unless, of course, your genome is in the focus of scientists), but in building a family tree, finding out the origin and distribution of the surname ... This way you can learn a lot more about your ancestors, their lives, values ​​and identity - and this means much more than just the frequency of the spread of your genetic mutations around the globe.

Answer 2
June, 2021

Ask your relatives to begin with, pick up old documents, travel through the archives.

In the USSR, for example, nationality was indicated in the passport and birth certificate, which is quite convenient for your purposes.

However, please note that nationality may have been quoted from the person's words without any documentary evidence.

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