Paternal Lineage Test

Understanding the test

This test is based on the analysis of specific sections on the Y chromosome, called short tandem repeats. During the testing process, the particular genetic profiles found in these STRs in your Y chromosome will be compared to established groups of people, called haplogroups, with similar genetic profiles. Modern science combined with history has established the existence of the geographical origins of these haplogroups, dating back to thousands of years, as well as their main movements to various areas of the globe. The paternal lineage test will enable you to establish to which haplogroup you belong.

Click here to read A Beginner’s Guide to DNA Ancestry Testing which compares the different types of ancestry DNA tests we offer.

To see a list of possible paternal haplogroups, and their descriptions, please visit our Y-DNA haplogroup page.

paternal lineage test map

If you are female and you want to find out about your paternal ancestry, you can ask your brother, father, or other relative along the same paternal line to take the test.


paternal lineage test tree

Order your paternal lineage Ystr test today for only R2250 Results will be available by email within 4 to 5 weeks from the receipt of the samples at the laboratory.

We suggest you return samples by courier directly to the laboratory because the local postal system has proved unreliable and we cannot be responsible for samples that do not reach us.

As a special package, we are offering a Dual Lineage Test (maternal and paternal) for the discounted price of R3650. Please note the duo lineage test is only available for male test participants.

What do you get when you order a Paternal Lineage Test?


  • Your haplogroup designation and a haplogroup description page;
  • A personalised map depicting your ancestors’ journey and where they initially settled in the ancient world;
  • Your Y-STR profile (raw data);
  • Facts about your haplogroup, including which parts of the world you can find your “genetic cousins” and famous people who share the same haplogroup as you do.

sample report

Difference between Autosomal Ancestry Tests and Sex-Chromosome Ancestry Tests
FAQs on Lineage Testing
Paternal Lineage Test - List of Haplogroups & Descriptions

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