Your Genetic Communities™ list a total number of “Ancestry Members.” Members of Genetic Communities are descendants of a group of common ancestors they all inherited DNA from, even if they no longer live in the same area where those ancestors lived.

Because Genetic Communities are based on a connection to a group of common ancestors, people in the Genetic Community often share common history, like migration paths or ancestors who experienced the same event or lived in the same place. (Learn more in section 2 of the white paper.)

Consider your own family’s history. Can you identify forces that kept people together (e.g., geography, culture, or politics)? Do you have cousins you share more than one common ancestor with? As you learn about your DNA matches in your migrations and regions based on Genetic Communities, you will start to understand the history behind your genetic connection.