Introducing Genetic Communities Beta

AncestryDNA is going beyond ethnicity to find community.

Now you can discover specific groups of people you’re related to through your DNA, the places they called home, and the migration paths they followed to get there. With more than 300 Genetic Communities, now in beta, you could discover a more specific and fuller picture of your ethnic, geographic, and cultural origins. All from your DNA.

Now your DNA connects you to the world in a whole new way.

What are Genetic Communities?

Genetic Communities are groups of AncestryDNA® members who are connected through DNA most likely because they descend from a population of shared ancestors, even if they no longer live in the area where those ancestors once lived.

For example, some Genetic Communities trace their roots back to groups of people who were isolated geographically. Mountains, rivers, lack of roads, or other barriers made it likely that each new generation would marry someone who lived close to home. Others have their roots in a group of people who typically married others of the same religion or ethnic group. In each case, over time these groups came to share a significant amount of DNA. Their modern-day descendants who inherited some of that DNA make up Genetic Communities.

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