Check your AncestryDNA® results next week! We’re adding new Portuguese and Scandinavian communities, empowering you to discover even more about your family history through DNA

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 17, 2019 in Website

Next week on Monday, October 21, we will release new AncestryDNA® communities for members with ties to Scandinavia and Portugal, helping them learn even more about their family’s unique story.

To deliver frequent, quality updates to our members we leverage the latest DNA science to improve our products, resulting in highly-detailed and meaningful historical insights. 

Utilizing our DNA network of over 15 million people, our vast collection of public family trees, and our patented Genetic Communities™ technology, Ancestry® scientists can identify groups of people with shared DNA and determine where their ancestors likely lived during the past 75-300 years.

 Scandinavian Communities

With over 200 communities now in Scandinavia, you may discover a link to family in Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, or Finland. For example, some members will discover connections to Eastern Norway and learn their ancestors were part of a huge migration to the United States. In fact, during the 19th century many farmers and city residents living in Eastern Norway began feeling crowded, as the population kept growing and farmland became scarce. As a solution, Eastern Norwegians decided to move their families to the Upper Midwest in search of greater opportunities for themselves and future generations.

AncestryDNA members could uncover a connection to a Nes, Flå or Krødsherad community in Eastern Norway, as shown above.

Portuguese Communities 

We now have over 20 Portuguese communities providing greater insights about Portugal, Cape Verde, the Azores, and Madeira. You may find that you have a community in Madeira, located 700 miles southwest of Portugal, which Portuguese sailors founded in the early 15th century. Over time, Madeira became a very well-known port for countless European explorers who were setting sail to the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

Overview of the Madeira East community a member may receive. Many Madeira communities follow migrations to Guyana and Hawaii.

With 15 million people tested, AncestryDNA has the largest global consumer DNA network. As new people continue to join our network and science and technology evolves, we expect the number and granularity of communities offered to increase. 

 We encourage you to check your ethnicity estimate starting October 21, as you may notice a new community waiting to be explored and shared with your loved ones. This latest update is just one of many that you can expect from Ancestry.

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