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The DNA profile of the Rurikids

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The DNA of the Rurikids

The Rurikids were one of the most important ruling dynasties in the Middle Ages, dominating large parts of what is now Eastern Europe from the 9th to the 16th centuries, establishing various principalities, empires and tsar dynasties. Its name derives from Rurik, a legendary Scandinavian Varangian leader who, according to the Nestor Chronicle, one of the oldest Slavic history books, arrived in Novgorod around 862 and founded a dynasty there.

The Rurikids are divided into two main branches: the older, so-called "senior" Rurikids, who ruled in the late 10th and early 11th centuries, and the "junior" Rurikids, who ruled in the principalities of Galicia-Volhynia, Novgorod, and other areas. The first line is often associated with the Ryazan and Vladimir-Suzdal dynasties, the second with the dynasty of the Grand Princes of Kiev.

An important achievement of the Rurikids was the Christianization of the Kievan Empire. Vladimir the Great, who came from the Rurikid dynasty, enforced the adoption of Christianity in the region, which led to profound cultural and social changes.

Overall, the Rurikid dynasty played a central role in the history of both Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Their rule had a lasting impact on the culture and religious landscape of the region. The application of modern genetic methods has helped to uncover some of the puzzling aspects of their origins and to provide a better understanding of the complex historical processes that led to the emergence of the modern nations of Eastern Europe.

The Rurikids belong to the haplogroup N-M231 in the paternal line.

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Revelation Through iGENEA: A Personal Journey into My Ancestral Connection to Die Rurikiden

Partaking in iGENEA's ancestry DNA test led me to an unexpected revelation, tracing my lineage back to Die Rurikiden, a historic dynasty of Eastern Europe. The detailed and personalised report provided a thorough understanding of my genetic makeup, reshaping my view of my identity and lineage. (B. Kontzen)

Understanding our ancestors and lineage has always intrigued me. Hence, out of curiosity, I decided to undertake the DNA testing procedure with iGENEA, a recognised provider in this field. From the beginning of the process, things were transparent. The instructions were straightforward, easy to follow and the test itself was non-invasive, requiring just a simple saliva sample. Within a few weeks of sending my sample back, I received the results in a comprehensive report. Their swift processing and delivery exceeded my expectations.

To my surprise, my DNA showed a match with Die Rurikiden – a historic dynasty that reigned over parts of Eastern Europe. The detailed analysis and comprehensive explanation provided by iGENEA were like stepping back in time and retracing my family tree, an evolution accelerating back to the 9th century.

The discovery that I share common ancestry with this intriguing historical lineage not only heightened my interest in genealogy but also in history. The revelations remodelled my perspective of my identity and gave me a renewed appreciation for my ancestry. The test with iGENEA wasn't just another scientific experiment; it was a self-revealing exploration, connecting me with my historic genetic lineage.

The chart and detailed explanation included in the report were easy to comprehend yet thorough enough to provide an in-depth view of my genetic ancestry. The customer support team stood out for their knowledge and patience in answering my questions, continually ensuring their client's comfort and understanding.

The overall experience with iGENEA was educational, insightful and enlightening. It was like owning a personalised history book, retracing my genetic steps back to my ancestors. They were able to deliver an intricate service with professionalism and care, making it an experience I'd recommend to others interested in understanding their ancestry.

All in all, I had a noteworthy experience. My journey with iGENEA has reshaped the way I see myself and appreciate my family ancestry rooted in time and history, tied to the significant dynasty of Die Rurikiden.

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Questions and answers about the DNA test

How long does a DNA origin analysis take?

After we have received the samples it normally takes 6 weeks for the fist results. Depending on the chosen test the result is thus already fully ready or further analysis are done.

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If you order and pay for a test set for somebody else online, the address of the other person under “Comments”. We will then send the collection kit to the address of this person. You can also place your order by phone or e-mail.

This is how the DNA origin analysis works

A Mucus Sample suffices to get a sample of your DNA. Taking the sample is simple and painless and can be done at home. Send the samples with the envelop included in the sampling kit.

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