A new AncestryDNA ethnicity update has just been released. Learn what the update included and how to see your own updated report!
Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are a buzz as people share how the AncestryDNA ethnicity update has changed their own ethnicity reports. Ancestry says, “Your DNA doesn’t change, but genetic science does.”
How the AncestryDNA Ethnicity Report is Calculated
Ancestry explains the process like this: “Creating an ethnicity estimate based on your DNA sample is a complex process based on probability, statistics, shared DNA, and ongoing research and science. AncestryDNA calculates your ethnicity estimate by comparing your DNA to a reference panel made up of thousands of people. Because reference panels and the way we analyze your DNA both change as we get more data, your ethnicity results can change as we get more data, too.” [See the entire explanation by clicking here.]
And, that is exactly what happened. AncestryDNA recently added over 13,000 more reference samples to their panel which means better accuracy in your AncestryDNA ethnicity report.
How to See Your AncestryDNA Ethnicity Update
If you have tested your DNA with Ancestry, simply log-in to your account. Then, click “DNA” from the top menu bar. Choose “Your DNA Results Summary” from the pull-down menu. Once at your AncestryDNA homepage, you will see the box to the far left that says “DNA Story.” Click where it reads “Update available.”
You will then be directed to a new page where you will see your ‘old’ ethnicity report to the right of the world map. Click where you read “View your updated estimate.”
You will then see the new, AncestryDNA ethnicity update. Here is a look at an example of how the ethnicity update effected someone’s report.
This ethnicity report seems to have changed drastically, but has it? The regions are broken down a little differently and therefore, perhaps it looks like a bigger difference than it is.
Europe West in the before-example was at 14%, but in the after-example, it is refined further into two groups, Germanic Europe and France. By clicking on the arrows to the right, you learn details about the new groupings. For example, the group titled “England, Wales, and Northwestern Europe,” include regions in the United Kingdom, northern France, Belgium, and western Germany. Germanic Europe covers some of the these same areas and adds parts of eastern Europe. So, there is some overlapping.
Overall, I think the AncestryDNA ethnicity update better reflects what my paper trail shows. How about you? Have you checked to see your AncestryDNA ethnicity update? Give it a look and let me know if you think it is more or less accurate.
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