What to Expect From Your Ancestry DNA Test Results
Ancestry offers what is called an autosomal DNA test. That means it will give you a look into your father’s and mother’s sides of the family with relative accuracy for about 5 generations back. Once you have sent in your spit sample, you will be notified by email that your results are in.
Ancestry offers a Genetic Ancestry, DNA Matches, DNA Circles and much more to those who have a subscription to Ancestry. However, a subscription is not necessary for access to DNA results. Even without a subscription, you have access to the ethnicity estimate, DNA matches, genetic communities, shared matches, and the ability to contact matches.
Within the Genetic Ancestry Report is your own personal ethnicity report. Many people enjoy seeing this! The ethnicity report gives you a breakdown, based on algorithms, to show you how much of your DNA is European or Native American, Asian or Polynesian, etc. Here is a quick look at an Ancestry DNA ethnicity result for one of my family members.
Great Britain, Europe West (that’s the German coming out!) Italy, Greece….Jewish! What a rich history!
Next is your DNA matches report. DNA matches are used to find cousin connections and long lost relatives. Many adoptees have been very successful in finding their birth families using DNA matches. Here is a quick look at that report. In this example, the closest matches were 2nd and 3rd cousins. That might not sound very close, but one of those matches provided us with some new information that completely changed our family tree! Without having found this cousin, I am not sure we would have ever had a reason to go back and check this particular line.
Lastly are the DNA circles which are a way to discover other members in the Ancestry DNA community who are related to you through a specific ancestor. Here’s a look.
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