AncestryDNA® Announces More Precise Ethnicity Estimates Powered by the World’s Largest Consumer DNA Network
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As the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, Ancestry® is continuously developing new ways for you to learn about yourself through DNA and empowering you to unlock more discoveries about your family history. While your DNA stays the same, our science is constantly improving to provide more precise and informative ethnicity estimates. 

With this update we added more samples to our reference panel, which expands the number and diversity of populations we can compare your DNA to. You may see new regions or changes in your percentages with this update. 

Representing the people of the world fairly is our priority. We work with a diverse network of outside scholars and experts to develop and name our ethnicity regions.

 

Updates in West Asia, Africa, Europe, Asia and Americas Regions

In our latest update, we were able to add eight new regions:

  • Two new regions in West Asia: the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula
  • One new region in Africa: Egypt
  • The Aegean Islands in Europe
  • Bengal in Asia
  • Three Indigenous regions in the Americas: Panama & Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Chile
With coverage around the world, your next discovery could be waiting in our latest ethnicity update 

 

Revisiting Your Results

We encourage you to look at your DNA story again to see if you have updates waiting to be explored and shared with your family and loved ones. 

As new people continue to join our AncestryDNA network and science and technology continue to evolve, we will continue to provide updates for our members. It’s just one of the many ways Ancestry helps you learn more about your family, your past, and yourself.