Do you have ancestors from Great Britain, Ireland, Iberia or Scandinavia? Want to know more about your heritage? Your DNA will not only pinpoint your place in history, but now it can tell you even more of the story. With rich historical information now available for each of the genetic regions in your results, you can now go on a historical adventure along with your DNA results.
To do this we’ve worked with anthropologists, historians and the experts at ProGenealogists to develop rich content which is now included with your DNA results. You’ll now get some of the stories behind each of the regions to give you a better understanding of what life might have been like for your ancestors and how your DNA may have gotten from where they were then to where you are now.
We’ve added maps, illustrations, and photos to help put your family’s past into context:
How were we able to do this? We turned to the experts at ProGenealogists to provide more information for each of the 26 regions. From this we were able to build an in-depth description of each region’s history, people, and culture.
We use historical records, known migrations, an understanding of various groups and the areas they moved to, along with reasons they moved and routes they took, to help bring their ancient journeys to life for modern-day AncestryDNA members.
Learn more about each of your own ethnic regions as well as the other regions in the database. Get access to this information by clicking the region of interest on the ethnicity results page and discovering each unique story.
Also, we’ve included some data from the AncestryDNA science team about the genetics of the regions. Check out how you compare to a typical native person of the region.
Additionally, see what neighboring regions appear in the population, since DNA doesn’t always map to political borders.
Remember, your ethnicity results include more than just the mix of percentages for each region. So make sure to dig deeper into your own regions—and your own past—with the new descriptions.
And if you need a little expert help yourself, you can do what we did, and hire ProGenealogists®. Just go to Ancestry.com, click on Hire an Expert, and get them started on your family tree.
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