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.


  1. Sue

    When will you release new AncestryDNA® communities for members with ties to Northern Italy? My grandparents (and all the way back to my 3rd great-grandparents) were from the Piedmont and Lombardy regions. However, my ethnicity estimate is 39% France and 0% Italy. Thank you

  2. Susie subia

    I have the same problem. My great grandparents are from your same regions and when they did the last update I shoe zero italy and some France.

  3. dokinsey

    I was surprised when I saw on my DNA report that I had Norwegian connections. I couldn’t understand it until I realized that the Vikings came into what is now Germany (and other European countries) and left their seed! Here I am, a German-American with Norwegian genes. I’ll be glad to see more about Norway.

  4. Debbie Kennett

    You mention Finland in this blog post but Finland is not part of Scandinavia. Is Finland also included in the update.

  5. Dorene D

    The Cape Verdean Community is known for retaining our culture, clubs, social events and keeping in touch with relatives that remained on Cape Verde Islands. If the Ancestry DNA test is improved to accurately narrow down Cape Verde Islands, I think more of our people may test. Your current results contradict CVI and some of the Islands were inhabited before the Portuguese discovered them (land taken like indians). Many of us know the actual land and house where our relatives lived the last 100yrs. So a different Country showing up on our the test without CVI seems wasteful.

  6. Linda

    Chromosome browser, please! Also your England and NW Europe is way too broad, including England, Ireland, Wales, Netherlands, Germany.

  7. Anna

    My aunt just got her results back saying she is Maltese. When will my DNA be updated? My ethnicity is currently listed as Italy, but I can trace back my ancestors to the 1500s in Malta. Thanks!

  8. Cathy Kesseler

    Ancestry you really need to fix the mess the 2018 update made for people with one or two Italian grandparents. Incorrectly giving results of French , results not supported by matches

  9. Marvin Beuters

    Don’t know where else to write this, so just checking in to say the new update is great and has improved both my and my fathers results immensely. We’re both of German ethnicity and it increased “Germanic Europe” a lot for both of us. Great work!

  10. Michael S

    You really need to stop calling yourselves global. You aren’t. I’m an expat trying to get an Ancestry DNA test and am being thwarted at every turn. Every other company allows shipping overseas except Ancestry. I have funds and a UK credit card, paypal , cash etc. Cant buy – even to ship as a “gift” to a UK address. There are hundreds of thousands of expats out there. If your lawyers wont let you sell to us why not charge a “corkage” fee for allowing third party DNA tests to be uploaded for Ancestry genealogy account holders – (other companies do this for free of course).

  11. michal solski

    when will you include an Arbereshe community – my grandmother was from italy/calabria – cerzeto but her descendants are albanians who fled in the 1400/1500s to southern italy with Scanderbeg – places include campania, calabria, sicily,basilicate and apulia

  12. Zanda

    It would be nice to see Africa broken down more. Also it would be nice to see eskimo and inuit blood as well.

  13. Suzanne G

    While I’m satisfied with some of my results , I share complaints w others in regards to acknowledgement of Northern Italian ancestry. Or in my case ANY Italian ancestry. My very first report w Ancestry a few yrs back showed 25 percent Greek/ Italian. That seemed logical as My Grandfather on my Fathers side was born in Northern Italian region of Lombardy and both my Grandmothers parents on my Fathers side , were born in Italy in Tuscany Region. THEN It dropped to 2 percent -and NOW- ZERO percent Italian ! . My nephew went to Italy a few years back and found both my Grandfathers birth records and those Of his family , in the Church records of my Grandfathers birthplace , Madonna de Tirano -a village on the Italian Side of the Alps. So not like this is family folklore. Yet Oddly , my Italian DNA DOES show up with a diff DNA company and they were able to pinpoint the regions of both Grandparents -so why isn’t it showing w Ancestry! Confusing.

  14. Suzanne G

    While I’m satisfied with some of my results , I share complaints w others in regards to acknowledgement of Northern Italian ancestry. Or in my case ANY Italian ancestry. My very first report w Ancestry a few yrs back showed 25 percent Greek/ Italian. That seemed logical as My Grandfather on my Fathers side was born in Northern Italian region of Lombardy and both my Grandmothers parents on my Fathers side , were born in Italy in Tuscany Region. THEN It dropped to 2 percent -and NOW- ZERO percent Italian ! . My nephew went to Italy a few years back and found both my Grandfathers birth records and those Of his family , in the Church records of my Grandfathers birthplace , Madonna de Tirano -a village on the Italian Side of the Alps. So not like this is family folklore.

  15. Marvin Beuters

    Hi Halley,

    no, the update is for everyone. My father has no Scandinavian or Portuguese in his DNA Story but his results still changed.

  16. Tiffany

    Can someone explain to me the England, Wales & Northwestern Europe region? It’s a mess.
    It says the region is primarily in Belgium, England & Wales, but the map doesn’t show this.
    The map mainly covers Britain and the northeastern areas of France as well as Belgium. Also now includes Denmark?
    As someone with mainly British & Belgian ancestry, it’s very frustrating they are put in the same group!

    People with Southern European ancestry, has this update improved your results?
    My olive skinned Son had SE European ethnicity show up in another DNA company estimate, but still none on Ancestry.

  17. Leslie Tramposch

    Today is the 21st. I have not gotten the update. Is this a roll out like the last one or is everyone supposed to get it today. I too have the issue with N. Italian Heritage, Belluno region, being represented as 37% French 2% Italian. Both of my maternal grandparents were born in Fonzaso and I’ve traced their ancestry back to the early 1700, I could see an Austrian influence but not that much French.

  18. Paul

    My mother’s results changed dramatically and probably more in line with what I would expect. What was concerning though, was that her 14% Norwegian dropped to 7% and my 6% Norwegian inherited from her, changed to 2% Swedish. I am not too confident in the new algorethem

  19. K

    Dear Ancestry,

    When you write posts like this, you really need to be much more specific and give better details about what is going to transpire.

    You just created more questions. Did everyone who is supposed to have new Portuguese and Scandinavian communities have those updated on October 21, or is it a roll out? Do only those with those new communities get an update, or will everyone get one? If everyone gets one, are those updates also expected on October 21, or are you rolling those out? Regarding the aforementioned questions, if these are all going to be rolled out, what date do you expect the updates to be completed (so all customers have the update)? Finally, when you write a post that is bound to have questions, why do you ignore them?

  20. Melissa Bateson

    My ethnicity update was disappointing and ultimately obfuscated my documented research. Surely intrinsic to update is improvement in accuracy of results, not confusion?

  21. Regina Langone

    I thought there was going to be an update as to Portuguese and the Portuguese islands, such as Cape Verde? Yes my results show my Portuguese and African lines, and shows that I come from Poruguese Islanders. Problem is, It shows everyone coming from the Azores. My family was from Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) not the Azores. I am first generation Cape Verdean here in the United States along with many if not most of my 2nd to 4th cousins.

  22. Norah

    Dear Ancestry,
    The latest round of updates are less specific for those of us with Irish/English heritage. If the science is supposed to become more specific over time, why is the opposite happening?
    I have purchased many kits for family members and we are all disappointed and suspicious of the accuracy of these latest results. In comparison to the last update, we are seeing wildly different results between full siblings as well as less specific breakdown of the European ethnicity estimates. I have lost my Norway result and have been given a very non-specific result in terms of which communities I share DNA with, in Europe. We are beginning to question any degree of accuracy in your testing and latest findings. Not impressed.

  23. Charlie2772

    I’m joining in with a lot of other “Italian” people. Particularly Northern Italian. I was led to believe I was 25% Italian as a child as we can trace my both my mother’s great grandparents back to Italy. She was raised 50% Italian “knowing” her grandmother’s family was Northern Italian. My first estimate came back at only 3% Italian and now it’s dropped to zero and now includes 5% French and 3 % Greek/Baltic? What is this? Migration?

  24. Sossity C.

    I am a little puzzled too, some of my results maybe more in line, but ancestry cannot seem to decide if and where any of my southern European heritage comes from. My very first results showed a little Mediterranean heritage, then the 2018 update, all or any trace of any southern European ancestry vanished altogether, now with the 2019 update, they added it back in with some from Spain, like an afterthought. From this, I deduce that I must have a little southern European coming from somewhere, but ancestry cannot figure out where.

    It has almost become like a game when my updated results come in, log in and I think; “I will see what I am today”. My genes seem to be touring Europe, and not quite settling in.

    I understand that this is all an ever evolving science, and will get more accurate over time, and it is kind of interesting to see how my ethnicity shifts over the months, but it seems like the results are only as accurate as or based on how many samples they have from those regions, which is not the most accurate.

    If all or most of the samples are coming from those of northwest European ancestry, then that is what ancestry has to work with and will accordingly assign or say everyone is of mostly that heritage, or so it seems.

    They need to make this available to more people, and from get more from other parts of the world. I don’t know if this is available to the rest of the world, or just available to purchase to US citizens only. Or at least make it easier for people outside of the United States to purchase.

  25. ani

    Please think about putting back the DNA helper, so we can click on any username on the site, and see if all the tests, we administer match that user. That was such a helpful feature.

  26. Bernard Humphrey

    My great grandma passed on 1971 full blooded Indian, I will like to know if I’m related and my Africa family.

  27. Gina

    Ancestry tell us that D N A does not change only the science behind it. So where did my 14% Iberian go ( first update ) And yes North Western Europe result is just silly. We want something a bit better that that. As to the genictic communities. Wirral is stated in mine.Yes I was born here. Not one of my grandparents were born anywhere near here. I have no Wirral heritage. Ancestry you have a lot of questions to answer. My grandmother was born Goleen, West Cork. I am 52% Irish yet I have no connection to any Irish community. How can this be? No in my case another disappointing update. And by the way I want my Iberian heritage back. If D N A does not change where has it gone?

  28. Kate

    When I tested my dna in 2016, I was 22% Italian with a bit of Caucasus, Iberian, and Middle East. My paternal grandfather was 100% South Italian and I have church records and an extensive tree for him. Paternal grandmother was German, got about 10%. My mother’s people were all English/Scot/Welsh, about 50% which makes sense. The 2018 dna “update” dropped my Italian to 10%, threw in a bit of French (?) and few other bits that were never there before and upped my English to 76% ?! I haven’t yet received my latest “update” but this should be interesting.
    My genetic breakdown in Gedmatch is much more in line with my 2016 results. Where did my Italian part go in Ancestry? I see others are having the same issues with Italian heritage. Also, when searching a surname in matches I have found that it doesn’t seem to be reliable even if the tree is linked. I found a distant match (yes, those are important) by matching matches, went back to search surnames and the match doesn’t show up that way. Why?

  29. Joanne

    Hey Ancestry. Even though I match to more than 6000 people on my mother’s side, Ancestry still doesn’t acknowledge that Mennonites exist as a distinct cultural/genetic group. And no, we are not German.

  30. Angela Park

    Angela Calabria was born in italy..I was named after father and she split and I went to live with Aunt Tess..his sister…Jimmy Lovero met Mathilda Tancredi..oldest of 8 or sister Barbara Lovero was born 2 yrs after me…my brother Jimmy Lovero…2 yrs. After Barbara and Connie Lovero born 15 yrs. later

  31. Wade Benton

    I wish there was something were you don’t have to put a card number in and it be free to people that are disabled.

  32. Julia

    I was thinking something had to be messed up with the Italian results. I had an Italian grandfather and I got only 7% at first, then changed to 8%. I know that was entirely possible but found it really odd that cousins of mine, who are also a quarter, got the same low results as me. (I kept pointing that out to ancestry that it seemed really odd we all got such low percentages but they never acknowledged it as unusual.) My father came out as 45% at first, then dropped to 23% and had Greece, Sardinia, French, Germanic Europe added in. After the latest update I realized, ok, it’s going to take a while to get this figured out…

  33. KB

    My first test showed me as 93% Irish/Scots and 7% French. The new analysis reports me as 95% Irish/Scots, I suddenly became 5% English, and am no longer French. My paternal grandmother was 100% French via Canada and every one of her Canadian ancestors are verified as descended exclusively from people who were born in and emigrated from France in the 16th and 17th centuries. Except for one set of 8x GGPs (whose DNA is unlikely to be recognizable this distance from them) all of my other North American ancestors descend from people who were born in and emigrated from Ireland 200 years ago.

    My first cousin, who is assessed at 19% French, and I share dozens of matches connected by this grandmother. Tens of thousands of my 40,000+ DNA matches are connected by this grandmother, and many of those list our common French Canadian ancestor(s). Many of those matches are listed as close to 100% French. How could I have those matches if I have NONE of my grandmother’s DNA?

    I know I may not have 25% French from this grandmother, but NONE of her DNA? This new algorithm may find peoples’ roots in more, and more precise, geographic locations, but it is rubbish in its interpretation of the ethnicity of my DNA.

  34. elle cole

    My French Canadian was swept away and added to my Ashkenazi. This didn’t happen to my close cousins who have tested here.
    It’s not possible to have 15% more Ashkenazi than my parents. I think Ancestry has trouble with mixed ancestry. Now my Native American is only 1 percent less than my French. Ridiculous when the Native was at least 4 or more generations back but my grandmother is half French Canadian.

  35. Daniel Thomas

    I am not sure where my father’s parents came from the Thomas family and grandmother was a Wagner .on my mother’s side grandmother was in the Toro family and grandfather was a tarvas . My father’s parents Thomas family adopted me and my grand mother always said to me ” hush hash and a heck of a mess” lol . My mother’s side was finish . I do know that for sure and I know me and I’m happy with whatever nationality I am we are only people with short lives so might as well enjoy life and be happy with yourself and everyone around you and that’s something to enjoy and smile about

  36. Angela

    This update had taken off my Native American, which is a joke, instead of adding to what is already their, they took it off, also, they left out my French heritage, my father was French and Spanish,. This is the third update, where are my true heritage . Other websites, shows my these heritages, stop taking off my heritage, and just keep adding to it.

  37. Norberto Cardenas

    How a person w 100% Middle East Ancestry and I can be “3rd cousins with a high probability “ (I have 0 % Middle East Ancestry)?

  38. Russell

    I will be honest-Ancestry didn’t pick up any of the recent migrants in my family history. They picked up no Portuguese or French. I entered the raw data on other sites and it is there. Ancestry’s new update and algorithm is weak when put up next to other companies. It is great for matching up with distant relatives,but when it comes to ethnicity it sucks. This is what their whole advertising campaign is based off of too. Not only that, but when you look for distant relatives and try to match ethnicity,if it doesn’t identify yours, how will you know how you are related to some distant cousin is the ethnicity isn’t there? To hell with AncestryDNA.

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