More communities to tell your story in even greater detail.

This June, AncestryDNA® is adding over 225 new communities to improve your DNA results. This latest update means we can help you find your origins in over 500 communities, worldwide.

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70+ communities
now in UK

You could pinpoint your origins in new communities from Norfolk to the Isle of Skye and discover possible connections to the rich history and stories of the UK.

14 communities now in
Australia/New Zealand

Follow your story to the Southern Hemisphere and explore communities that may connect you to these unique and fascinating countries.

120+ communities
now in Canada

Get an even clearer picture of your Canadian origins, from the rugged coastlines of Newfoundland to the inland waterways of Ontario.

35+ communities now in
French North America

Learn more about how and why your family may have settled in communities across Quebec and down to Louisiana.

As AncestryDNA® grows, so do the possibilities.

We’re able to provide this level of detail thanks to our patented technology, powered by our unique combination of the world's largest consumer DNA database and the largest network of family trees. We’re always working to improve your results to give you the best possible experience.

Inside our latest breakthrough.

See what makes this update so special and how our science team made it happen.

Learn how AncestryDNA® brings you new releases, like communities.

Learn how AncestryDNA® brings you new releases, like communities.

Frequently asked questions about our next-generation ethnicity estimate.

  • If you are included in one of these new communities, you’ll find them in the “Additional Communities” section at the bottom of your ethnicity results, or nested beneath another region. Communities do not have a percentage assigned to them and are marked by a circle surrounded by a dotted line. They are identified using our patented Genetic Communities™ technology, by analyzing genetic connections between groups of AncestryDNA members. Using public family trees, ethnicity data, and historical records, we determine where this group of people lived over time. We’ve identified over 500 communities this way. These groups identify areas where your ancestors may have lived more recently, between 1700-1925.
  • Your ethnicity estimate includes regions based on two different scientific processes: the AncestryDNA reference panel and Genetic Communities™.
    The AncestryDNA reference panel is made up of people who have long-standing, documented roots in a specific geographic area. We compare your DNA to this reference panel to determine your possible origins dating back hundreds to more than a thousand years ago. Regions with a solid circle in your results are based on the reference panel. These communities also have percentages assigned to them.
    The Genetic Communities™ process 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 Mormon Pioneers). 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. Over 500 of our communities have been identified this way. These groups identify areas where your ancestors may have lived more recently. Regions with a dotted circle are based on Genetic Communities™. These communities do not have a percentage assigned to them.
  • With this update, you might lose one of the communities in your estimate. Most customers who have lost a community will find that it has been replaced with a new, smaller community. With this release, we’ve broken many larger communities into smaller ones.
    Sometimes people lose a community without a replacement. This usually happens when the confidence score for one of these communities was low. You can see how strong your link to a community is by clicking on the community and then clicking the information icon to the right of the community name. There you will see one of three categories: possible, likely, or very likely. Most people who lose a community will lose a possible community.
    The number of samples in our database has grown since we first released these types of communities. This additional data allowed us to find hundreds of new communities, but it also refined how we classified who should be in these communities. Based on these new classifiers, some people whose link to one of these communities was already low may lose that community in their updated AncestryDNA results.
  • Your results may change in the future for a couple of reasons. First, because our Genetics Communities™ technology is new, cutting-edge science, it is constantly being updated and refined. As we update how we identify and define these regions, your results may change. Second, as we add more and more customers to our AncestryDNA database, we hope to increase the number and granularity of the regions we offer. This means that in the future, you may be added to new regions or to a newly refined region.