AncestryDNA adds communities to trace ethnicity results by county

By Rosemary Collins, 20 June 2019 - 9:27am

The DNA testing company has unveiled new technology to reveal UK customers’ roots within the past 300 years

Updated Ancestry DNA Communities results for the UK
AncestryDNA customers will have seen new Genetic Communities added to their test results

AncestryDNA, the world’s largest DNA testing company, has unveiled an updated service offering county-level ethnicity results in the UK.

The company increased its UK Genetic Communities from 18 to 73.

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AncestryDNA’s results reveal customers’ ethnicity within the past 1000 years. The Genetic Communities technology then analyses their origins in the past 300 years, including specific groups they’re related to, where those ancestors lived and the migration paths they followed – to county level in the UK.

The results can also be cross-referenced with Ancestry’s family history records.

Russell James, family historian and DNA expert at Ancestry, called Communities “an incredibly valuable tool for those wanting to discover more about their DNA and family history”.

The 55 new UK communities will automatically be added to the results of existing AncestryDNA customers.

Ancestry also increased its global number of communities to 225, covering France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2016, DNA testing company Living DNA announced a similar service, analysing customers’ origins to regional level in the UK.

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