Genetic Communities™ beta: New Innovation from AncestryDNA

Posted by Kendall Hulet on March 28, 2017 in AncestryDNA, Website

Today, we are pleased to share the roll-out of a new beta experience for AncestryDNA that we call Genetic Communities™. Applying rigorous statistics and scientific development, we’ve created a unique experience that can connect you through your DNA to places your ancestors called home and the migration paths they followed to get there.

This new experience gives you a more detailed connection to the people, places, cultures, and stories that led to you.

Taking DNA testing to a whole new level

Genetic Communities is based on innovative new analysis techniques developed by Ancestry’s science team, that combine insights from our DNA network and our massive collection of family trees. This new approach stems from research that was made possible thanks to over a million AncestryDNA members and growing around the world who have participated in Ancestry’s ongoing scientific studies. (The science behind this feature was recently published in a recognized and prominent scientific journal, Nature Communications, linked here).

Today, over 300 Genetic Communities all around the world are available to explore, with many more on the horizon. We will compare your DNA to all of the available Genetic Communities and identify one or more community to which you have a connection based on your DNA profile. These Genetic Communities provide coverage around the globe and are often more specific than what’s possible to discover with an ethnicity estimate, thus providing a more recent and closer connection to your past.

Genetic communities_map

And, this is just the beginning. We are just scratching the surface of advancements in science and technology that will translate into faster, more insightful discoveries about who we are and where we come from. Genetic Communities is a very BIG and exciting step in this direction.

Watch this video to see why we are so excited about this new experience.


For people considering purchasing the AncestryDNA test, you will get access to this new feature. For existing AncestryDNA customers, we are making this beta experience available for free in your results. It doesn’t matter if you tested four years ago or if you are waiting for your results to come out of the lab, your DNA can now give you even more details about your past—and present—with Genetic Communities. While most users will get at least one Genetic Community, not everyone will at launch, but one of the great things about this product is that the more people that participate, the more Genetic Communities we will be able to discover. So as our DNA network grows, so will the number of distinct Genetic Communities we can help people learn about.

Now it’s your turn. Head to your DNA results to check out Genetic Communities for yourself. It’s possible you may not have a Genetic Community yet, but stay tuned, we are finding new Genetic Communities to share in the future. If you want to learn even more, go to our help content here.

Good luck and enjoy exploring!

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