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Ancestry introduces new DNA tool that reveals the DNA you inherited from each parent

Ancestry's new SideView technology splits customers' ethnicity results in two. We have a look to see how this works and how useful it may be for family historians

Ancestry SideView

Ancestry has unveiled its new SideView technology which separates DNA into parental sides giving customers who have taken an Ancestry DNA test new insights into their ethnicity.

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“Understanding ethnicity and community inheritance in more detail has been the number one request from Ancestry customers for years. In fact, in a recent survey, we learned that one in three people don’t feel knowledgeable about their family history and origins and want to learn more,” said Brian Donnelly, Senior Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA at Ancestry. “With our new SideView™ technology, we can now tell customers with great confidence from which side of the family they received their ethnicities and in the future, we’ll also be able to tell them which communities and DNA matches are from each side of the family.”

We have had a look at the new tool and it certainly looks like an interesting new development for family historians. Customers who have taken an Ancestry DNA test can log onto the website and see a new option labelled ‘Ethnicity Inheritance’.

In this example, ‘Parent 2’ clearly has strong connections to Ireland. Knowing this could be a useful research clue

Select that and you will be presented with a ring portioned by your ethnicity as calculated by Ancestry using their database next to a ring showing one parent on one side and the other opposite.

In the past, you would need to test one of your parents to gain this insight.

Unfortunately the tool as it is currently presented does not tell you which parent is which, you have to try to work that out yourself using the knowledge that you already have of your parents’ background.

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Where you can do that, it may be useful and it is certainly very interesting!