Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 16, 2018 in AncestryDNA

Isn’t It Time You Were Irish?

Has Saint Patrick’s Day left you wondering about your Irish ancestors? Who they were? Where they came from? How they got here? Whether you really have some?

Ancestry—and AncestryDNA—can help. You’ll find more than 200 million Irish records on, and AncestryDNA can help you track your Irish roots back to 20 regions in Ireland.


Where’d All These Regions Come From?

AncestryDNA test results include more than 350 possible regions. Some of these regions appear under a broader region in your results, like Ulster, Ireland, does here:

Other regions appear under the heading Migrations.

“Migrations” is used in a broad sense, meaning a movement of people from one place to another. We typically think of migrating as something people choose to do, but not all of the journeys reflected in these regions—including many by African Americans in the South or British prisoners to Australia, for example—were made voluntarily.

Regardless of how the regions display in your results, they can all help tell the story of how your ancestors got from where they came from to where you are today.


Going from Regions to Matches

So how do you find your Irish needles in your DNA matches haystack? Simple: you can sort your DNA matches by region.

Here’s how it works.

Along with Ireland, Scotland and Wales, this estimate includes the Ulster and Connacht regions.

Clicking on the Connacht, Ireland, region brings up more facts about it:









Places in This Region—narrows down the region even further to Mayo and Sligo




Overview—gives some background on the region and tells the story of people who came from or passed through the region



AncestryDNA Members—are this person’s DNA matches who also have links to this region. In this case, there are more than 1,000 of them.





From there you can drill down even further by selecting the Mayo & Sligo region.

Now you can find out who those DNA cousins are through the DNA Matches link, which will bring up the 475 DNA matches who also share a genetic link to the Mayo & Sligo region:

Notice the Regions filter at the top of the page.

You’ll find this filter at the top of your DNA matches page. Selecting it will bring up a menu of regions you can search your results by. It’s one more way of putting your AncestryDNA test results to work to connect with the stories of your past and the people of today who share them—whether they’re Irish or not.




  1. Nicolas

    I love this feature, but I think you guys should allow us to also browse which matches belong to communities that are not detected. For example, my dad has a british-born great-grandparent and matches with many people who belong to Southern England Genetic Communities, but they are not detected on his profile. He can only browse the ones from his Chile community. It would be great and an easy way to find those UK matches.

    • Jessie

      I agree with this. I’m not just French Canadian but that’s all that shows up because they’re so numerous and show up as 4th cousins more than my other ethnicities. I’m also Irish, Scottish, English, and Dutch and NONE of them show up. I’m interested in my father who’s primarily Scottish and I can’t find NOTHING unless I go through match by match to see who matches them and ONLY 4th cousins or closer show up. I don’t care about my French Canadian groups as much as my interest in the others, but they don’t show up, so this feature is completely useless.

      • NICK

        SCOTT Ancestry is rather difficult due to church and other records were burned during revolts. The death of the clan system that came about in the 1745 uprising . The best I could do was to trace the name’s origin. But don’t give up !!!

      • Kyle

        If you can’t find connections to your ancestry lines through tour father it’s possible not enough family history wasn’t done on your father’s side. A similar thing happened to me, but as more of my ancestors are found through doing family history tones of connections have been found. Through my father’s side I found that I’m from a variety of nobility in Europe, regardless of nationality. So this system works, but it’s dependent on how much research has been done.

  2. Michelle Davis

    I’m very interested in finding who and where I came from but I’m limited on information on other family members.

    • Robert

      Hello Michelle
      I appreciate that there are many families by the name of Davis.
      While I was researching my Trimble relations I came across a Davis from Tyrone, Ireland who married a Trimble from Co. Tyrone.
      From Robert.

  3. A van Helsdingen

    The regions/migrations/genetic communities were a key reason why I tested at AncestryDNA. My ancestry is 56% Western European and the rest British and Irish. I was given 86% Great Britain, 5% Scandinavian and 1% Ireland/Scotland. This is the least accurate of the 3 major testing companies I have used. I got no regions, not even the Netherlands from where 50% of my ancestry comes from. Therefore I cannot do any of the analysis in this article, and overall I am very disappointed with the ethnicity aspects of my DNA results.

      • Dean C. Frey

        An ancasror of mine was James Lytel Browne. 1857-1911. Born Ligonier , Penn. Wife harriet Lindsay. Daughter Ilo Browne married Henry Wallace, 3rd Vice-president of the USA. James Lytel lived in Indianola., Iowa.

      • Paulette D Baker

        I agree! I have 1 distant as in grt, and maybe grt grandmother’s brother that found me and a couple closer cousin but nothing past grt grandfather on paternal side. I know when he came to America but not where he lived before he married and lived in Baltimore. That is it…no death,buried or previous residence. Suggestions on how to find this? I never have anyone, excuse me 1 cousin from that family. Anyone offer help?

    • Kevin

      While I can’t comment on the accuracy of the DNA results as I haven’t received mine yet (just submitted this week), is it possible that your ancestors from the Netherlands were immigrants to there? Do you know if your ancestry line goes back several generations there?

      • A van Helsdingen

        My ancestry in the Netherlands is 46% of my total and goes back very deep; back to 1750 or earlier on most lines .

    • B Graber

      1) Over 300 years I know I am nearly 60% Swiss, so I was puzzled why my results came back only 7% Western European but 48% British. I knew my aunt was 50% Swiss and 50% British so I gave her a test: 96% British. That clearly told me that the genetic markers carried by our Germanic Swiss ancestors are among the same genetic markers commonly showing up in the UK, Normandy, Flanders, Netherlands and parts of Germany that Ancestry finds typical of the British. Certain markers are found over broad regions irrespective of today’s national boundaries.
      2) I was hoping to track down the source of the olive skin of my Anglo-Swiss mother, thinking we are descended from Iberian slaves the Romans brought to work the tin mines of Cornwall – and did. Ancestry found 3 points of Iberian and 2 points of Italian/Roman/Greek. Later I learned that the peoples who settled western Britain and Ireland after the last Ice Age arrived from the non-glaciated Iberian refuge via Atlantic France – helping to explain the dark-haired “black Irish” and the darker tones of the Cornish and Welsh compared to Anglo-Saxon England. Ancestry came through for me.
      3) Ancestry also placed me in the Pennsylvania Dutch community – which I was certain to be inaccurate until I discovered a new line of Palatinate Germans on my “Scotch-Irish” line throughout southern PA in the 1700s. Good job Ancestry!

      • Linda Ellis-van der Worp

        Great! What good news to hear wasn’t it. I was all excited to hear it myself and I’m not related to you, but have Irish/British/Dutch back ground, and am searching for my ancestors as well. I hope I have some luck especially with the Irish since all their documents were destroyed in fires when their churches were burned down in wars and such. I’ve been searching for years and my mother before me, and my daughter is trying to help as well. Wish me good luck with this. And much luck for you as well. Keep up the good work.

        • Brandi

          I have had issues tracking back my Irish. Only know it’s a John kane that came emigrated but couldn’t find when and from exactly where he was born. Not sure if he was married to Margaret O’neill before or after and where she had came from

    • Alexis

      Your 56% Western European includes the Neatherlands. That’s a region, you have to break it down farther.

    • Alexis

      Also the 86% Great British overlaps with West Europe and Scandinavian and British can go hand in hand as they both tried to assimilate each other. Irish can also overlap with The British which may also have Scottish. Sweden, Scotland, some Irish and Germans have red hair. So some of the British could be something else. There should be a breakdown by regions.

    • Cynthia Shannon

      I use to have access to the break down of regions and now I get a broad result and no filter button as shown and talked about. It is disappointing.

    • Brian

      Same for me. 48% west European without a single match in the region. Same for my 21% Scottish / Irish / Wales, the 15% England and 10% Scandinavian. Not a single region match within the areas they told me my DNA was from

  4. Marion Gardner

    I am looking for information re my paternal grandmother, Catherine Honora Madden, who, I think was born on June 24,1864, inKiltomer, Galway, Ireland. She came to South Australia c1880. She died in Adelaide, South Australia in 1909. Can you help me, please?

    • Crista Cowan

      Marion, It sounds like you know quite a bit about her already. What, specifically, are you looking to discover?

    • Michele

      Have u been to the Jesus Chris Latter Day Saint place in Adelaide? I have done lots of research where I am from overseas. The census records are very helpful.

    • Karen Madding Childs

      Have been researching my Madding/Madden family line this past week and came across that person. I don’t recall details but will look again. It is interesting to see other family members looking for info also. Good luck to you.

  5. Heather Scanlan

    Is it expensive to research my relatives from Ireland and is there a way to contact them when I discover who thevare?

  6. Mayly

    What a rip off!!!!! I waited 4 months for nothing! Like I did not know I was from East Asia! You missed the Hmong genes you FRAUD!!!!! I want my money back!!!!!

    • Lisa Quigley Veitch

      It’s not a fraud. Try uploading your raw dna data to GEDMatch. As these companies test more they get better results you don’t seem to understand it

      • Stacy

        I agree. I have a lot of Cherokee Indian in me I know for sure and it did not pull up any of that. I got a lot of Britain, Irish, Scandinavian, etc. I was told by my grandmother that I also had more Cherokee on my fathers side of the family, so that was the main reason for doing this. I was so excited to get my results and it was not what I expected at all.

        • Carol Haughey

          Try using a rest JUST FOR native Americans that test is too broad and vast there are very spefic tests for native Americans goI’d luck

        • Bonnie

          Quite a LOT of people grew up believing they have “Cherokee ancestry”, but most don’t. If it doesn’t show in your DNA test, you don’t have any. There’s an interesting article out there about why so many Southerners started claiming NA ancestry after the Civil War. And it’s almost always Cherokee, but the Cherokee were a very well-documented people and their intermarriages are fairly well accounted for.

        • A van Helsdingen

          Just because you have 0% Native American DNA according to Ancestry does NOT mean you have no Native American. Firstly, as many of these posts demonstrate, ethnicity estimates are not yet completely accurate, and they are most inaccurate for groups you have very low amounts of of. It’s quite easy for them to overlook/miss an amount of DNA under 5%.
          Secondly, because you only inherit a random 50% of your parents DNA, who only got a random 50% of their parents DNA and so on, you might not have inherited the Native American DNA. That’s why testing the oldest generations in the family can be a very good idea. For example you haven’t inherited about 3/4 of your grandparents DNA, and if you don’t test them or other relatives this DNA will eventually be lost.

      • Brenda Putnam

        I’m interested in your comment about uploading raw DNA data to GEDMatch. How/Where would I get this data?

    • Alexis

      Asians should use WeGene as it is focused on asian dna. They can break down the area etc where you are from but you still need your raw dna for it. They can tell you if you Chinese, Korean, South Asian etc and give more details.

    • sally

      They can only connect to other people who have taken the test. If there have been few of no Hmong who have tested, they have no one to compare your DNA to. As more and more people worldwide take the test, the date will be refined. If you check back over time, you will see your results adjusted.

  7. Brandy Metcalfe

    I am looking for my sons biological father/family..we have very little/no info to search with..he is from Michoacan, Mexico..will the DNA test help us to find him or his family with only that little bit of info .

    • P Johnson

      Ancestry DNA isn’t available in Mexico:

      If you’re searching a region where few people have taken the test, it probably will be of limited use to you. I was able to successfully research missing relatives in my family tree but I knew what the family name was and the people I was looking for are in England where a fair number have taken the test. On the other hand, there is the possiblity that relatives have immigrated to the US and other places where the test is available. Also, if family members are searching for your son there’s a greater chance of them to have taken the test.

  8. Thomas Lytle

    So far so good. I know I am from Scotland but all it get is broadened Western Europe. Where is all the Scottish info?

    • DiAnn

      Thomas…I know for certain where my ancestors on my grandmothers side came from…South Russia but I show very little 4% of DNA from that region. I believe it may have to do with which side & from whom on that side you get the great part of your DNA. It was pretty interesting to learn that, but it does make more sense now. Also, the migration issue in previous times made a huge impact on where people ‘originally’ came from. A family that lived in France for the past 400 years & the ancestors from that time forward may not have known that 500 years ago their ancestors moved from Morroco to France. Its all a puzzle & fun for me at least.

  9. Sylvia Glennon

    My mother was always told that Cherokee Indian was in her DNA. It’s not shown up in mine, or my 2 brother’s or cousins. Any comments as why?

    • A van Helsdingen

      1. If you only have a very small amount of Native American (say under 5-10%), it is very easy for DNA tests to overlook it. Have you looked at your “trace regions” on the ethnicity estimate?
      2. Family traditions of having Native American ancestors often turn out to be exaggerated or false. Is there genealogical proof of your Cherokee descent?

    • Brenda Churchwell

      Hi it happened to me as well I saw a picture of my great grandmother and she is Apache Indian and it doesn’t show it in my DNA results! I’m wondering if they are a fraud!!

    • Lisa Quigley Veitch

      My nieces mother’s family believed they were Native American but when I read up on their history it turns out that there was an adoption. One of their ancestors was adopted as a son of a Cherokee. The girls show little to no NA Not every one inherits every bit of dna.

    • Carol Haughey

      There are very specific tests for native Americans this one is too broad and vast
      Also you should be seeing documents
      Leading in that direction

    • B. Slocumb

      Just because you have a genealogy of Native American ancestry, it does not guarantee that you will have that DNA. You need to get other family members tested to get a bigger picture of where you all come from. You could have a full sibling who inherited the DNA of a Native American ancestor, yet when you get tested it shows you have none. That doesn’t mean you don’t have that ancestry, it just means you didn’t inherit that DNA. It also depends on the sample populations they use in the testing, which is why it is valuable to do tests with different companies to get a better picture. The higher the percentage, the more accurate, the tinier the percentage, the more research tou need to do and the less you can rely on the results.

      • Mark Deutsch

        You’re absolutely right. I tested 0 Native at Ancestry and FTDNA, but 1/2 of 1 % at 23andMe, the only company that gives results at tenths of a percent. I analyzed these results at GEDmatch and confirmed it was indeed Native using some of their chromosome painting comparison tools. Just this past month I verified my descent from Marie-Olivier Sylvestre-Manitouabeouich, an Algonquin woman who was baptized and married in Quebec a Frenchman, Martin Prevost. She was my 9th great-grandmother. It is amazing even 1/2 of 1 % survived recombination over nine generations, but that’s the hit-or-miss of small segment DNA. Test at all three companies and upload to GEDmatch!

      • WilliamBrinegar

        On my mothers side was a grgrgrgr grandmother who was Shawnee Indian. Her name was Nancy Cackler. My mothers lineage was Browns, Bruces, Farleys and Cacklers contaact me when you can. Bill Brinegar

    • Bonnie

      Quite a LOT of people grew up believing they have “Cherokee ancestry”, but most don’t. If it doesn’t show in your DNA test, you don’t have any. There’s an interesting article out there about why so many Southerners started claiming NA ancestry after the Civil War. And it’s almost always Cherokee, but the Cherokee were a very well-documented people and their intermarriages are fairly well accounted for.

  10. Anna Cecilia pettiford

    I want my pie DNA test I have with you now take me a about it will help me out with our help with our thanks

  11. Anna Cecilia pettiford

    Indeed for your help now to have my DNA test out come back to me want to know it now

  12. sayphoebe

    Ummm…this feature is not working for me as described.
    When I look at the Ethnicity pages, I don’t see a lot of the things you are showing here. First, I had to select “See all 150+ regions” to see the breakdown of the regions in Ireland. I got there by experimentation, then clicked on Ulster, Ireland. The list of places in that region showed up…but none of the “more facts” that you mention appear–just the list. If I click on Ulster East, the map is highlighted, but again, nothing else appears–no text boxes with Overview…etc., no message that says how many of my matches are shared in the region, and no link to those matches. (I have already identified a few of them myself, so I know they exist.)
    Also, the regions filter at the top of the Matches page does not show any regions–just migrations.
    I’m paid up and logged in. I tried it earlier today and again just now–8 hours later. Have I missed some important instruction here? I don’t usually have difficulty with Ancestry features. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • A van Helsdingen

      This only works if you yourself belong to the region or migration.Look under the ethnicity clusters as shown in the photos in the article (e.g. Ulster is under Ireland/Scotland/Wales)If none are listed you haven’t been assigned any regions. I have zero regions, and it is very disappointing as they were a key reason for me doing a DNA test with Ancestry.

  13. sayphoebe

    Oh…and…that link near the top of the article “20 regions in Ireland” just goes to a blank page with the background color. Mystifying…!

  14. Dave Anderson

    I don’t see (or even figure out how to see) the sub-regions in my genetics. All I see are the ethnicity results – 45% West Europe; 28% Ireland, Scotland and Wales; 15% Great Britain, etc…but NO sub-regions. I’m quite disappointed with this. Is there some sort of setting I should adjust?

    • sayphoebe

      Yes, that’s what I was saying above. Thank you for adding another voice! I did find the place where I see the sub-regions (by experimentation) but got no further. I don’t think we missed anything.
      I’m going to attempt to contact Customer Service. Will let you know here if I get any answers…

  15. sayphoebe

    UPDATE!! On why we don’t see connections to regions/sub-regions…
    Today, when I got to the sub regions, there’s a line of text there (in dim grey font) that says “No connection”. I didn’t see that last night….if it was there.
    The probable explanation can be found by clicking on the ? symbol at the top right of the “All Regions” heading.
    The topics on that page that seemed to explain (in short paragraphs) were:
    –What types of regions are in my ethnicity estimate?
    –Will I get Genetic Communities for all the places my family is from?
    The short of it is: If our connection to that area is through only one parent (or further-back relatives), there isn’t enough DNA evidence to make the connections. In my case, 3rd great-grandparents. The only way to see connections is if YOU or BOTH OF YOUR PARENTS were residents of the sub region or the migrants.
    Alas, this post was too optimistic (and somewhat misleading) for people whose ancestors came here 2 or more generations ago.

    • A van Helsdingen

      You are more likely to be assigned if you have recent ancestors like parents or grandparents, but you could be assigned through a more distant ancestor. Just 12cM (0.2% of your total DNA) needs to “match” to be assigned to a Genetic Community, according to their Whitepaper. However they take a very conservative approach to avoid false positives, which is why most people have no more than 3, and many regions from where they have ancestry are missed.

  16. Marsha Littiebrant Davis

    Seems EVERYONE is from Eastern Europe, Great Britain and Celtic countries with trace Scandinavian. Guess everyone who used this company are all related.

    • Dona Evans

      What does the ad mean that “50% of the community is descended from Ireland”, what community?

      • Crista Cowan

        “… the community…” in that context means the 7+ million people who have taken the AncestryDNA test.

        • Jim

          Crista … why is it that my DNA results show major area’s but not select regions within each area? It seems that some people’s results are much more specific than mine,

    • Brenda Churchwell

      Lol I agree! It happened to me as well I don’t believe ancestry! I’m going to use a different DNA company

  17. Dona Evans

    I did my test 2 years ago. I’ve never seen info about Ireland, Wales, or England broken down like in the info above. And, it would’ve nice if they could retro actively check health info.

  18. Julissa Fonseca

    I would love to know more about my Irish background I only have 12% but I get confused at times trying to find my information . Do I need to purchase ancestry aside from the DNA?

    • Crista Cowan

      Julissa – Now that you know you have Irish ancestry, start building a family tree and connecting with your DNA Matches to learn more about your ancestors. You only need a subscription when you want access to the 10 billion + historical records we have available for research on our site.

    • S McGuire

      Julissa, you can randomly google your DNA matches, esp those with rather odd names, and look for online obits. I found obits to be invaluable, listing the deceased, their surviving relations and oftentimes, names of their parents. Some obits include in-laws. Then I work backward for more obits or go use Ancestry or FamilySearch search engines and then try to contact my matches. This helps only if matches have names and or places. Otherwise random surfing is just shot in the dark


    Most of my DIXON family is originally from England, North ?? Next to Scotland.
    My Smith ancestors came into the US in 1680. I am named from HAMILTON SMITH IN 1805. Valentine Smith was a close friend of Alexander HAMILTON, thus their next son was named HAMILTON SMITH. I am the fifth HAMILTON in this family, now HAMILTON SMITH DIXON.

  20. Janice Huhtala

    My Irish grand father was George Lee. I read somewhere that meant He was from the leeward side of the island. Are there a lot of Lees there?

  21. Cindy Mobley

    I am not sure where. As a child I was told I had Irish traits. Also Italian, German, French and American Indian. As far as my husband’s family no family members knows. This all I lnow. He is very il now and I want him to know. Thank you in advance! Cindy Mobley

  22. Dennis S Piontek

    I see quite a bit of information related to Irish immigrants, but my family is 100% polish descent and I don’t see much information about the eastern Europe immigrants. Am I missing something?

    • Crista Cowan

      Dennis – We do have a lot of Irish records. But, we also have tens of millions of records available for searching about people in and from Poland.

  23. Chester Weller

    I paid for something . That makes me do the clicking and hunting yes you narrowed it down . But is it really accurate. I should just have to click 1 time and everything should be right there yo read and scroll.

  24. Dorothy

    It seems like everybody is not happy with the results of this site . I would love to learn more of my father side but to pay and not get the results that I would like to get . I think i will try another ancestry company .

  25. Margaret Roberts

    I am Irish, Welch, and German I know very little about my Irish part of me that is my Dad’s Mothers family.

  26. sadlesor

    Toggled between the March Update and my DNA test trying to gather the information presented in the article. With 40% of me being in the Irish/Scottish/Wales grouping, you would think there would be a sub-group. Getting nothing.

    Find this to be very frustrating when Ancestry says information is available but you can’t find anything. One should not have to hunt and peck for links that may or may not exist.

  27. Ian Craig

    “British” means not only English, but Scottish,welsh,& Northern Ireland.
    Citizens of the U.K. I enjoyed reading all the comments …

  28. Jo Best

    When I first had my DNA done about three years ago I was thrilled to see that I was 40% Scandinavian. Thus was because my tree research showed many people/ kings, queens from Scandinavian countries way back. Then when Ancestry came under new ownership, my DNA results changed and shows Scandanavia as just a trace.
    Now it shows my DNA biggest percentage from the British Isles, which of course, was settled in many areas by Vikings. What is going on?

    • A van Helsdingen

      Scandinavian has always posed problems to every DNA testing company. Initially Ancestry’s ethnicity estimates over-estimated Scandinavian severely. An update of the ethnicity estimates in around 2013 (unrelated to any change in ownership) has partially corrected the mistake, but it is still common for British people to be told they have some Scandanavian (in my case 5%, despite having no ancestors there). Updates and changes to ethnicity estimates are completely normal as the data and science is improved. I’d expect another change to Ancestry’s ethnicity estimates at some point.

  29. Victoria davies

    I did the pie chart. Showed 37% english, 25%irish, 24%scand. But where in scandinavia? I use a smart phone and it is next to impossible to explore any of the data you provided. I don’t even try anymore to use ancestry.

    • Brian Chapman

      If your ancestors came from eastern England you are most likely to be Scandinavian. This area was heavily settled by Danish Vikings and was known as the Danelaw. The original Anglo Saxons were forced out and never really recovered by them.

  30. Michael Coyle

    I would like to know how my Surname came about. It is derived from other name(s). Also when did it change? Can trace some of my roots back to Northern Ireland in the 1700s. But would like to go further.

    • scandiaheart

      A Dictionary of Surnames by Hanks & Hodges, Oxford Press lists COYLE 1) Irish, from the Gaelic personal name Cathmhaol composed of the elements “cath” (battle) and “maol” (chief). 2) Anglicized form of Gaelic; Mac Giolla Chomhghaill. See Cole Hope this heps you in your research

  31. Charles and Jean Walsh

    Last year, both and my wife Jean were gifted with DNA kits purchased by a Grand Child. Only Jean received results which indicated she is 36% of Irish decent.

    That however is no very likely in that she does not have any known Irish ancestry but does have American Indian ancestry, Cherokee in particular.

    I on the other hand, have ancestry that is highly Irish. No results whatsoever were made available to me.

    It seems keenly possible that:
    1. That the submitted results were switched/confused, one for the other.

    These remains at the same time, no reasonable explanation for the failure to not only avoid the above, but associated failue to reply at all to one of the tests we submitted.

    All in all, this has been an experience that we delighted to be gifted with but one that has resulted in both disappointment and difficulty.

    Image what it has been like to explain all of the above to a loving rand Child.

    Rev. Mr. Charles M. Walsh

    • Bonnie

      Quite a LOT of people grew up believing they have “Cherokee ancestry”, but most don’t. If it doesn’t show in your DNA test, you don’t have any. There’s an interesting article out there about why so many Southerners started claiming NA ancestry after the Civil War. And it’s almost always Cherokee, but the Cherokee were a very well-documented people and their intermarriages are fairly well accounted for.

  32. Schropaul

    I am interested in Ancestry’s response to many of the above comments from disappointed members. Can you please print for others to read?

  33. Doug

    I am wondering why all of the more specific regions say no connection???? 52% Western European and no connection to any specific region there?? Same for 26% Ireland/Scotland/Wales and 17% Great Britain. Any clue?? I’m really frustrated.

    • Eric Jones

      Yeah, I don’t get anything, either. I have proven 4th cousin relations still in certain areas of Britain and Ireland… yet no jack in “connections”. This needs work.

  34. Betty Becker

    I have strong reason to believe I have Irish Ancestry that is hidden. I was hoping that this feature would reveal DNA matches with whatever markers you use to determine regions and locations within regions. But it doesn’t work that way apparently. So, how is it supposed to help me if it only tells me what I already know?

  35. Eric Jones

    So, I understand that much of this is emerging. HOWEVER, this is in need of some improvement. I have plenty of documented relations overseas in Northern Ireland, and England. These include people who have active DNA tests. I was already a bit dissatisfied, since you have not been able to identify any migrations other than “early settlers of New York”, that is pretty weak, since I have a number of documented people in other migrations, such as the 1783 evacuation of loyalists to Nova Scotia… Also, the Winthrop Fleet included many of my people. So, I only get one stupid migration, then you add insult to imnjury by saying I have no connections to any of my DNA sub-regions… even when I actually correspond with people overseas who are my cousins, with active DNA tests. This is just another premature release of a broken product. You are about to lose a membership renewal, unless some improvements are made. That’s sad, because I just bought a kit for my wife, and was planning on buying kits for my other family… NEEDS WORK!

    • Linda

      Wow! That is bad….I just read your whole story here and just was about to get my DNA kit done but after reading this am very skeptical about bothering to do that. How could they miss so much of your family that are alive??? Puzzles me too. Wishing you good luck in the future.

  36. Antoine C. Ferbos I

    I conducted the Ancestry DNA back in December 2017. I need access to checking the results of my test. Please contact me via email. Thanks so much for your consideration and assistance in this matter.

    • A van Helsdingen

      You need to log into your account to access your results. You should already have done this to activate your test (which is required for the lab to start processing)

  37. Charles Kiker

    My 4x great grandmother was Elizabeth Jane Smith, b. Dublin Ireland about 1730. Migrated to Philadelphia 1750. Married Thomas Ely in Philadelphia 1750. Died in Virginia about 1792.
    I can trace back to Thomas Ely and Jane Smith, but cannot find anything re: Jane in Ireland. (Of course Jane Smith might as well be Jane Doe). Can this program help me at all re my 4xggm?

  38. Jimmie Delita Gregg Baker

    I’ve been told all my life that I’m Irish and Indian. My grandmother, on my dads side, was supposedly full blood Cherokee. Someone in my family is suppose to have my grandmothers roll number. However, more than likely, all the ones that would have known about that are deceased. I was disappointed with my dna results as it showed no Native American. Maybe I should have gone with a different dna company. Before I was divorced, my ex said he traced my grandfather, on my dads side, to a Great Black Scot McGregar. I can’t ever find stuff like that. Supposedly, the word “black” refered to his armor. Disappointed with ancestry dna.

    • Bonnie

      Quite a LOT of people grew up believing they have “Cherokee ancestry”, but most don’t. If it doesn’t show in your DNA test, you don’t have any. There’s an interesting article out there about why so many Southerners started claiming NA ancestry after the Civil War. And it’s almost always Cherokee, but the Cherokee were a very well-documented people and their intermarriages are fairly well accounted for.

      • Leigh Ann Grimm

        I have proof that my paternal grandfather and his mother, my father’s grandmother, were full-blooded Cherokee, but she somehow dif not register with the tribe, therefore, our family had to wait until my dear brother, Dan Dills, was welcomed into the tribe in 2013 after he revised and updated the won see wonderful Cherokee Hymnal. We are very proud of our Cherokee heritage! Many timea it’s a matter of being a member of the tribe, which is a great honor. Thank you, Leigh Ann Dills Grimm

  39. Lisa Osgood

    NOTHING comes up under ANY of my regions to narrow it down! NOTHING. Under the region “Ireland, Scotland, Wales,” it says, “Primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, Scotland.” Thanks a lot captain obvious. There is NO mention at all in ANY region of my extensive Scandinavian ancestry either. What a load of crap!

    • Lisa Osgood

      Jeez… Under my matches, there is NOTHING about Ireland, NOTHING about England, NOTHING about France, NOTHING about Scandinavia. NOTHING!!!!!!! Just the migration to the U.S. Seriously, why even launch and promote this useless feature. Was there even any beta testing on this one? What was the sample size? One? I can’t tell you how disappointed I am in this service. Absolutely disgusted.

      • A van Helsdingen

        The regions/Genetic Communities were extensively beta-tested and are based on the DNA results of everyone who had a family tree (so prehaps 1 million people). This analysis was done in early 2017. Their problem is that they are so conservative about assigning people to regions so they make many false negative errrors. I have 0 regions, like many people. However I have ancestry from probably at least 10 of their regions.

      • Linda

        Hi Lisa,
        Sorry to hear you were so ticked off. What hapened? Did you get the DNA testing and they didn’t give you the ancestry you were looking for. I was going to get the testing done myself and want to know if it is a good idea to do. Don’t want to waste my money. Hope you get it all figured out. Searching for family is an important thing, and frustrating when things go wrong.

  40. Melissa

    It says I’m connected to Great Britain and Western Europe, but not to any subsections. How do I find out my subregions?

  41. Karen Hoel

    The regional feature is useless. I have 23% Ireland, Scotland and Wales plus 11% Great Britain. These regions are not available to search. I am allowed to search 3 regions in Scandanavia which is 16% of my total; and two regions in Europe which is about 48% of the total. Either allow searching in all regions or delete the function which is misleading. When Ancestry changed the way regions were determined, one of my known cousins fell off the grid. When I compare these results to the results from other DNA services I use, I find Ancestry very disappointing.

  42. Nevada

    Family Legends and Stories grow as they are repeated. Much can be lost of a history/ancestry through the telling… On the other hand it may grow to be more than it ever was… I come from a mining camp in West Virginia and my “Big Mom” always told us we were Heinz 57.. For anyone not old enough to remember that name; it is the Name of a brand of Steak sauce and it had just –A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING IN IT ! That being said I sent out my Dna Kit prepared to be a MUT! Well while I did not turn out to be a Thoroughbred my Heinz 57 turned out to be a minute part of my ethnicity… I am 94% Great Britain… In essence my grandmother was absolutely right, I have a little mix going on there but it is a very miniscule picture of who I really am… So that being said, she was correct in her assessment of my Heritage, just not to the degree that I had assumed… So my results were spot on …

    • Crista Cowan

      When you login to Ancestry using the same information you used to activate your AncestryDNA test, what does it list as the status of your test?

  43. Dennis Eckels

    Is there a cost for this feature and can I also do research on my spouses Irish background even if she has not done Ancestory DNA Match using this feature ?

    • Crista Cowan

      Dennis – The regions are part of the AncestryDNA experience so there is no extra cost associated. You are welcome to research your wife’s Irish ancestry. However, if she has not taken the AncestryDNA test, you will need to do this research through historical records instead of using cousin connections to find more information.

  44. Janiece

    I haven’t received my results yet but I wonder about some people saying how the test didn’t show a certain ethnicity that they “know” they are. Is it possible that somewhere down the line, someone in your family thought they were of a certain ethnicity and that incorrect information was passed down over the years? I never knew my father but my mother always said he had Native American in him and I passed that info along to my children. When I finally got in contact with his family after 30 years, I wasn’t able to get confirmation that we have a Native American heritage but I found out that my grandfather was from Barbados and I have family there, something my mother never even knew! People have moved and resettled in different places where families have lived for hundreds of years, so their ethnicity may not necessarily be tied to where there family has been for decades and decades. I really wonder if some people, not all, just don’t want to believe something other than what they’ve been told their whole lives. Something to consider.

  45. Bennett

    The Irish site was a hoax….. wouldn’t let me get through at all…
    A complete waste of time !!!

  46. Derwin Wilson

    My DNA estimate shows 51% Ireland/Scotland/Wales however no regions show for any of it. Also has 21% Scandinavian – no regions there either. I bought this a couple of years ago so maybe this feature was not extended to older tests. Would like to know how to get the regions to show. I do show some regions under the Migrations ie. Mid-Atlantic States Settlers has Specific places in this region where your family might have lived. New Jersey Settlers

  47. Elizabeth James

    I was very excited to see the updates and then when I started looking at my DNA I realized nothing has changed. By clicking on Mother, I can see the same thing as what I could in Shared matches. I am 35% Irish/Scotland/Wales and yet I am linked to zero regions. Since both sides of my DNA are linked to the same region in the USA that does not help with anything. Very disappointed this time.

    I would love to see buttons on each link that I can mark mother or father and then I can separate by those buttons.

  48. VK Wright

    My DNA report says I am 60% Great Britain but my granddaughter doesn’t show any. Go figure.

    • Crista Cowan

      That’s not surprising. Your granddaughter got 50% of her DNA from each parent. Not a 50/50 split of everything they had but a random 50%. That means it is mathematically possible for her to receive 0% Great Britain – if you passed only 10% to her parent, for example.

      • Kerri Tannenbaum

        I have a related question. In my Ancestry DNA test, I came up as only 7% Irish and 60% Great Britain. My biological mother also took the DNA test and she came up as 63% Irish and 20% Great Britain. I know my father has Great Britain heritage, so I understand that it would raise my percentage there. But, I’m confused by how I would only be 7% Irish if I got 50% of my mom’s DNA. Can you explain?

        • A van Helsdingen

          1. While it is true you inherit exactly 50% of your parents DNA, you may not have inherited 50% of her Irish DNA.
          2. It is very common for DNA testing companies to make mistakes and mix up Ireland/Scotland and Great Britain. After all the countries are right next to each other.

  49. I enjoyed the article, however, when I followed the directions to narrow down Irish regions for 2 family members that all have 10% Ireland/Scotland/Wales and 1 that has 17% , they have no Irish region shown. The 17% has Pennsylvania and Indiana; the 10% have Pennsylvania only. Is there a minimum percentage needed to obtain a more specific region in Ireland?

  50. Janis Soyer

    I’d like to know if it’s possible to get “MyHeritage” DNA onto the Ancestry site. If so, how do I do this? Thank you so much!

    • A van Helsdingen

      You can download your raw DNA data file from Ancestry, and upload it to FTDNA, GedMatch or MyHeritage, who will then give you matches and an ethnicity estimate. You cannot however do the reverse. If you want to get matches and ethnicity at Ancestry you must pay for a new test.

  51. Sherrie Dailey

    I did my family geneology year before DNA. Tracing all the lines back to yr 100 a.d. in some. There were lots of travels in blood lines. My DNA matched the Irish from my mother’s side n there is Scottish. My British n Scandinavian come from my dad’s: both of his parents having British then 100’s of yrs Vikings in both lines. Tracing back to Italy Greece in earlier. So my 36% Irish, 23% British, 23% Scandinavian, 13% Italy/Greek, 2% Jew was accurate for me.

  52. Joan Adams

    I I have also been disillusioned with my results….”82% Northern Europe” is simply not satisfying. I strongly suggest that you tone down the very extravagant promises in your commercials. Joan Adams

    • A van Helsdingen

      Of course people have been saying this for years, and I agree that their advertizing is misleading. I’m surprised that they get away with it.

  53. Cathy McKinzie-Doub

    PCH is sending me items I didn’t order and until you send me the money to send it back to you
    I will not be sending it at all.

  54. Terry

    I read the article about how to discover the sub regions. So I tried it and I have absolutely NO connection to ANY area! How is that even possible? My goal was to try and find what percentage of British blood and what percent Scottish since those are the two ethnicities that comprise my family tree. But what do I make of The Great Britain category which contains Scottish and the Irish/Scottish/Welsh category that also contains Scottish? This only causes more confusion!

  55. Daena Ross

    Considering that 3 of my grandparents all have lineage to England (surname Rownd), Scotland (Stewart) and Ireland (Brown) with many coming in the 1500’s, I am not sure how this can help. I would really like to find my Irish great, great grandparents. According to my mother they immigrated from Ireland and were well off. Their daughter was born in Minnesota, but I have not been able to find her birth certificate.

  56. Gloria Johnson

    This feature doesn’t work for me. It shows Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but no regional designations.

  57. Pat Wood

    Could someone from Ancestry please explain at what point in its analysis it can breakdown a Region’s results into sub-regions? For example, the Region of Ireland into sub-region of Mayo & Sligo. Thanks.

  58. Patricia segovia

    Still waiting to get my dna done something went wrong with the frist waiting to er one more cant afford it yet

  59. I took the Ancestry DNA test. I was looking to find out if I had any Native American ancestry. There had always been a rumor of that in my family because my grandmother was born in Oklahoma Territory. I think that is a fairly common myth in families with history in Oklahoma. The test told me I don’t have any Native American ancestry. I’m an engineer who worked on the Human Genome Project. I know a fair amount about genetics and DNA sequencing. I trust their results. The other results were fairly general. I had ancestors from England and eastern Europe. That was not a surprise to me.

    In general, the results are pretty accurate but depends on the size and the diversity of the database of genetic data.

  60. Resan Vandruff

    I tried to find out but when I click on my region on top of the page nothing happens! Why is that?

  61. H Wentworth

    A brief 30000 foot view of the structure and organization of this block of information will be very helpful and appreciated.

  62. Karla Verneen

    I and my six children and their spouse received Ancestry DNA results: Considering the many comments/results from others; “ Will our DNA information be revisited by your company and updated automatically?

  63. Barbara Rogers

    I was took from my real mother when she had me at the doctors office, my real mother and the woman that took me were sisters. I was never legally adopted my real mother didn’t know who my real father was whemn I

  64. Barbara Rogers

    when I asked my real mother I’m also suppose to have a Full Blood Great Grand Mother on my mothers side to, so I would like to see if this is true and my real fathers ancestry.

  65. S McGuire

    My Ancestry ethnicity profile indicates 64% Irish/Scotland/Wales and my results linked to NE Settlers, Early NYS settlers and NE states settlers, all before 1700. Problem is I know for fact 90% of my Irish came in 1836, then 1849, then 1855 and my Welsh came in 1862. I have ship lists for them. So how on earth did my Irish roots come to be linked with those others coming in 1600-1700’s??

  66. Katie

    This article was well intended but was very disappointing for those of us that show some % of the Irish, Scottish and Welsh. I show 55% (which isn’t surprising to me). My 5x great-grandfather was born in Ireland (abt 1718). I have been trying to find out more information about his parents in Ireland (and yes, have checked out your online resources). I think in your pro-mo email you should have made it clear that it was only for close relatives as pointed out in one of the above posts. (“The only way to see connections is if YOU or BOTH OF YOUR PARENTS were residents of the sub region or the migrants.”) If “YOU” or “BOTH OF YOUR PARENTS” are from one of the sub-regions, doesn’t make sense that you’d already know what part of Ireland your relatives are from? Kind of pointless to get people excited about something that most of us won’t be able to us. Ah well, I do like some of the other features here so I am not rage quitting but I do think I will try another company’s DNA test.

    • A van Helsdingen

      “The only way to see connections is if YOU or BOTH OF YOUR PARENTS were residents of the sub region or the migrants”

      This simply is not true. You can get a region/genetic community as long as the ancestor is recent enough for there to be genetic evidence for Ancestry to assign you to the region. Only 12cM (0.2% of your total DNA) is needed when assigning people to regions (see the Whitepaper)

      • sayphoebe

        Oops! I was the one who made the all caps statement…sorry for “yelling”, but that was because your reply me on March 18 said: “This only works if you yourself belong to the region or migration.”
        I do appreciate the ongoing discussion though. I got far enough in the sub-regions to see “24 regions” under my Ireland/Scotland/Wales category (27%). I knew of some in N. Ireland and Scotland, but there are some in Connacht & Munster, Ireland too. So that gives more areas to watch and people there may account for the “Irish” in the profile. (Most of the Ulster people were originally Scotch–“Ulster Scots”.)
        I have 20+ cousin matches from the same Ulster ancestors that vary from 137 cM to 21.7 cM in common–not sure if they all match each other. (Guess I need to read the “whitepaper”, too.

  67. Demi Hendricks

    Now I’m just curious if I have any Irish ancestors because I know some of my family is Irish but I don’t know if I inherited any.

  68. Richard Popovicn

    I drive for Uber and had a passenger from Belarus. We bagan talking about ancestors an she asked if I had taken a dna test. I said yes. She told me about her and her Sisters results. The passenger’s test showed 53% Eastern European ancestry, her Sister’s showed 99% Eastern European. Same parents an background. It doesen’t make sense.

    • sayphoebe

      No, subscription level doesn’t matter. Results are available to anyone with Ancestry DNA data IF you meet certain criteria. Regions and sub-regions will show if you had parents or grandparents born there *and* other close descendants of those people—such as 2nd cousins–are in the DNA database. Few people meet those requirements. My maternal great-grandparents –born in Ulster–and two second cousins (+ several third cousins) in the data base from the same line were not enough to get results for me.

  69. Mike Sorenson

    From doing my family tree I know that my maternal grandmother and her parents traced their family back to the Alsace-Lorraine region of Europe. My DNA test result showed absolutely no connection to that area. I don’t understand that. Also, the result of my test showed 81 percent British Isles and 13 percent Scandinavian. Then four other regions were shown but I can’t find out to look at those four regions. Please advise.

  70. Sr,Phyllis Peter CCR

    This information is from Sr.Phyllis Peter CCR,India. I have been doing some research on our Co-Foundress Mother Mary Elias(Teresa Devine 1839-1933)., She hailed from DEVINE family ,Tipperary, Ireland. Pleas feel free to add information you might have about her or family!

  71. David Walter moellman

    I did my DNA test some time back and found out I have a lot of Irish background. I looked at it once and have never been able to see it again. How can I get back to the results.

  72. John Taylor

    How can I get a print out of my original packet, or where do I go to find it on the internet?

  73. Margie Kelley

    None of my Irish, English or French “Ethnic Estimates” breaks down into smaller regions until after they’ve immigrated to the U.S., which is disappointing because I had hoped to learn more about where my family comes from…But the strangest thing is that my Great, great, great grandparents are from the Isle of Man. My son seems to have a DNA match to a Crebbin’s family connection…whereas I have no matches to that part of my family tree. How is that even possible? His father is largely Polish and English. It is unlikely that he’d have any Manx connection at all, much less to the Crebbin family. It’s as if my son has DNA from my family that I don’t share?

  74. William

    I ordered my testing kit and sent the completed one back in the last of December, 2017. So far I have not received any information from Ancestry. Can you find out what happened to my test? William J. Walsh, 2211 South 64th Plaza #202, Omaha, NE 68106.

    • William Walsh

      I ordered my testing kit and sent the completed one back in the last of December, 2017. So far I have not received any information from Ancestry. Can you find out what happened to my test? William J. Walsh, 2211 South 64th Plaza #202, Omaha, NE 68106.

      • A van Helsdingen

        You need to have “activated” your kit with the code that was sent with your kit. They won’t start processing it in the lab otherwise. You should receive results through your online account within 8 weeks after activation.

  75. Bernard Vanasse

    The ethnic percentages -about how far back do they reflect ? On my father’s side I have all my French Canadian ancestors traced back to about 1600 and 95%+ trace back to northern and western France but my DNA shows only 9% Europe West .

  76. Robert

    My results are 34% Irish, Scottish, & Wales. Is there any way to determine an approximate percentage of each without more testing? Would like to know if I am more Irish than Scottish. Or are they so close there is no way to determine specific countries with current testing?

  77. Nancy Noyes

    None of my subregions show up under the main heading. It just says “no connections.” Is my test broken or compromised. Please help!

    • Alec van Helsdingen

      No, your test is not incorrect or damaged. For most people AncestryDNA is unable to tell which specific sub-regions they come from. “No connection” means they don’t have conclusive evidence that you come from that area.

  78. Elizabeth Lampe

    All I received was a pie chart saying I was 85% Great Britain and the rest was a bit of this and that. How do I get deeper into the details by region etc.?
    Elizabeth W. Lampe

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Elizabeth: We can of course help you with this. We create your genetic ethnicity estimate by comparing your DNA to the DNA of people in our reference panel. The AncestryDNA reference panel goes back up to 10 generations. The test goes back approximately 1000 years. We would also note that ethnicity does not necessarily respect National boundaries so it is not possible in all cases to distinguish between certain countries. If you click on the region in your DNA results it will also show you more information here. We attached a link to an article here that explains more: We also have a number of helpful articles available from the DNA results page. These can be accessed by clicking on the question mark icon located in the top right of either of your results pages. We hope you will find these helpful.

  79. Irene Fankhauser

    I sent my DNA test in on Jan. 30, 2018 but so far have not received the results. Is there something else that I should do? How will I receive the information? Please reply. Thank you.

  80. Don

    I have been searching for my grt-grt grandfather Bryan Barney Birney (1814-1882) from Ireland for 25 years. I tried an Irish search group and got stung for 2 pages of copy that I couldn’t decipher. So when that happens you get leary. I found his “intentions” at the Courthouse (book now missing) and he states that he left Wexford and arrived in NYC in August 1836. Now, did he lie or am I just not lucky?

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Margie: We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been having issues accessing your results. We can of course help you with this. Are you logging in with your own email address and password? It should show your username or name in the top right-hand corner after logging in. If it’s showing your son’s name there it might be that he is logged in via your computer so then you can sign out and then log back in with your own credentials. We then advise you to click on the DNA tab and your results should show there. Please see this article that explains more: We hope this helps.

  81. Betty L Tutterow

    I have already done the DNA test on Ancestry but got very little help from it please contact me. I’m looking for my lost cousins from my dads Sister Josephane I know my grandmother had Indian in her but your clues didn’t find that.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Betty: We’re sorry for the delay and to hear that. We had to edit your comment since it included personal details such as your phone number. Unfortunately we cannot make outbound calls but we’d of course be happy to help you. We attached a link to an article here that we hope can be helpful, We also have a number of helpful articles available from the DNA results page. These can be accessed by clicking on the question mark icon located in the top right of either of your results pages. You’re of course also welcome to call us at 1-800-ANCESTRY (1-800-262-3787) between the hours of 9am to 11pm EST, seven days a week.

  82. William

    I was surprised, and disappointed, at the very “general” information Ancestry provided to me after my DNA was (supposedly) analyzed. I tend to believe that Ancestry simply hit the “general” reply button when communicating with me.

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