African Ancestry DNA Testing Review

Rating: 8.8 / 10 (Excellent)
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African Ancestry is a DNA testing company that focuses on finding the link between consumers and their African countries of ancestral origin, as well as ethnicities. Founded in 2003, it has reconnected more than 500,000 people with their past with over 85% accuracy. Athletes, actors, singers and influential figures for the African American community have taken the tests.

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Testing Features
Results Analysis
Other Services

Overall Rating: 8.8 / 10 (Excellent)

African Ancestry is geared toward the African American community and endeavors to provide a cultural experience to their customers through their DNA tests. Comparing against a database of thousands of maternal and paternal lineages in 40 countries of the African continent, the firm looks back between 500 and 2,000 years into the consumers' DNA data to find their ancestral roots. After taking the cheek swab test and waiting between six and eight weeks, people can expect to receive an analysis of their African family with at least 85% of accuracy and reconnect with their ethnic past. The rise to fame of African Ancestry can certainly be linked to its famous users, which include Oprah Winfrey, Jesse Jackson, Erykah Badu and Chris Tucker, to mention a few. The price of the kits starts at $299, one of the highest in the industry. However, African Ancestry strives to be one of the most thorough in the business. African Ancestry also offers to expand the user experience with an online store, social media presence, newsletters, multimedia content, a magazine and a podcast. All in all, the firm values the connection its customers forge and makes an effort to keep it strong.

African Ancestry Testing Features

Testing Features - 8 / 10

The DNA kits include cheek swabs that are mailed to the company for analysis. Within six to eight weeks of receiving the samples, the customers will know if they have African ancestors and in what percentage. If the firm can't find a match for a customer's ancestry, it will notify the customer via mail and keep the DNA sequence for future testing. The user can also choose to receive a refund.
DNA Testing Features
Time for Results
6 to 8 weeks
Collection Method
Cheek Swab
Company Does Own Testing

African Ancestry Results Analysis

Results Analysis - 9 / 10

African Ancestry compares DNA results against thousands of lineages in 40 African countries and seeks to educate the customers about their ethnicities. For the company, discovering ancestral roots going back to at least 500 years is a point of pride.
Size of Database
Number of Geographical Regions Identified
Identification of Relatives
Number of Ethnicities Identified
Over 200

African Ancestry Other Services

Other Services - 10 / 10

Customers can meet and chat through African Ancestry’s Facebook page. To become a member, the user must provide his or her name, e-mail and the Kit ID Number provided by African Ancestry. The community had over 800 members at the time of publication. The company also offers a mailing list, newsletter, a magazine called "Influence" and a podcast called African Ancestry Radio. It also has a YouTube channel.
DNA for Medical Purposes
Mobile App
Family Tree Creator

Member Features

  • Online Forum
  • Contact with Other Members
  • Social Network Integration

Migration Information

The company pinpoints the ancestral origin of the user within Africa, but it's not designed to look into migration patterns.

African Ancestry Pricing

Pricing - 8 / 10

African Ancestry offers a MatriClan Test ($299, for men and women), the PatriClan Test Kit ($299, for men only) and the Family Celebration Package ($680). It offers to analyze a deceased person's DNA for an additional, undisclosed fee. It can also analyze other company's test results within certain conditions, for a $210 fee.
Basic Kit Price
Cost of Add-ons
The Family Celebration Package offers two testing kits, six additional certificates, four African Ancestry t-shirts and two sets of African Ancestry Experience Cards.
Discounts and Offers
In its store, African Ancestry offers t-shirts, journals, personalized certificates, gift cards, African Ancestry Experience Card—which explains how genetics work— and jewelry.

African Ancestry Reputation

Reputation - 9 / 10

African Ancestry has no presence in Better Business Bureau (BBB) or TrustPilot.
Number of BBB Positive Reviews
Number of BBB Negative Reviews
Year Founded
Trust Pilot Rating
0.0 out of 10
Date Collected

African Ancestry Privacy

Privacy - 9 / 10

The firm holds the DNA data for as long as it takes it to complete the analysis and then destroys it. African Ancestry assures its customers that it doesn't give information to third parties unless ordered to do so by law.
Time Company Holds Data
Disclosure to Third Parties
Encryption/Web Security
African Ancestry implements standard security measures on its facilities and website.

Company Profile

Full Name
African Ancestry DNA Testing
Company Website
5614 Connecticut Avenue NW, #297, Washington, DC, 20015

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