AncestryDNA Updated Four Communities

Ancestry is continuously developing ways for you to learn about yourself through DNA and empowering you to unlock more discoveries about your family history. One way Ancestry applies advanced technology and evolving DNA science is by updating communities, which can connect people through their DNA to the places their ancestors likely lived and the paths they might have followed to get there over the past 75-300 years.

Ancestry is proud to unveil another significant update to AncestryDNA communities for members with ties to the Balkans, Mediterranean, Western Asia and East Africa.

A community is a group of AncestryDNA members who likely descend from a population of common ancestors, people who lived in the same place around the same time or traveled from the same place around the same time.

AncestryDNA’s Genetic Communities technology detects groups of AncestryDNA members who are most likely connected because they share recent ancestors who came from the same community (such as Ulster Irish) or culture (such as Afro-Caribbean Peoples of Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua).

Using our Genetic Communities technology, we analyze genetic connections between groups of AncestryDNA members. We then use family trees, ethnicity data, and historical records to determine where this group lived over time.

As our DNA network grows and science advances, we can deliver even more value to our members, including more granular insights about heritage and compelling new paths to learn about ourselves using genetics. With updated communities, we can better pinpoint where in the world your ancestors might be from – and this means there may be some changes to your results.

Extending communities to more diverse regions is important to Ancestry. Our updated communities now include 10 in the Balkans, 30 in the Mediterranean, 15 in Western Asia, and a newly defined community, East Africa.

Whether it’s discovering an even more detailed Mediterranean heritage in Greece, or uncovering your roots in the deep and storied communities of Iran, your next big discovery could be waiting in our latest communities update.

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