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. 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. Today, we are proud to unveil another significant update to AncestryDNA® communities for members with ties to the Balkans, Mediterranean, Western Asia and East Africa.
What are communities?
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.
Our 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 public family trees, ethnicity data, and historical records to determine where this group of people lived over time.
Ethnicity regions in your ethnicity estimate connect you to world populations your DNA looks most like. Communities typically show recent people and more-specific places your DNA connects you to.
The strength behind our communities is our unparalleled DNA network of over 18 million people and the largest network of family trees, with over 100 million. You can discover your origins from over 1,400 regions worldwide.
Updated Communities in the Balkans, Mediterranean, Western Asia and East Africa
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 were most likely 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.
Revisiting Your Results
We encourage you to look at your DNA story again to see if you have a new community waiting to be explored and to share 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.