What endogamous communities existed in the past? What DNA fingerprint did they leave behind? Jayne reviews studies about various historical communities affected by endogamy. Were your ancestors part of this history? What has been written about your ancestors’ endogamous communities? If you have...
DNA and Ethnicity
mtDNA haplogroup H is one of the haplogroups you may find in your DNA, specifically your mtDNA. Jayne provides us with an overview of mtDNA haplogroup H and what it can tell you about your ancestry. Perhaps you have been poring over your DNA test results from 23andMe and you have come across an...
Founder effect and endogamy are different, but they can occur concurrently in your family tree. Read more from Jayne about the founder effect, what it is, an example of it, and how it differs from endogamy. Both founder effect and endogamy can lead to reduced diversity in your DNA. However, they...
Viking DNA percentages? They're the newest option at Living DNA testing company. Here's what they're all about. DNA testing company Living DNA has launched a new option: a Viking Index. This feature is based on the ancient DNA results from 446 Vikings excavated from locations all across...
Sorting DNA matches by place—their current locations and/or your shared ancestral locations—can sometimes help you find DNA answers!
Explore your Scotland ancestry with the best DNA tests to show your Scottish ethnicity percentages and find relatives from Scotland.
Y DNA and mtDNA haplogroup maps chart the deep origins of your paternal or maternal lines. The specificity of your YDNA or mtDNA haplogroup results varies by test, and so does its value for building your family tree. Read more!
How does Irish DNA ethnicity show up in your AncestryDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage DNA, Living DNA or Family Tree DNA test results? Here’s a comparison.
DNA testing for people with Asian ancestry is starting to get better. Here’s what’s been available—and what’s coming—for those with Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani and other Asian roots.
AncestryDNA keeps adding new regions to their ethnicity results! Here’s what their genetic communities and ethnic regions are, and how they can help you understand your ancestral heritage.
Can DNA tests detect “Mayflower DNA?” This Thanksgiving story looks at early intermarriage and pedigree collapse among early Pilgrims in New England and the possibility of DNA founder effect—and what this means for genetic detection of Mayflower roots by descendants.
How does your DNA testing company correct for endogamy on DNA matches? You should know about Ancestry’s algorithm; MyHeritage’s rule for Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry; and these tips for segment size and shared matches.
As soon as I tried FamilySearch’s new “Where Am I From?” family tree mapping tool, I wondered how my DNA ethnicity results would compare to my genealogical family tree. Here’s what I saw.
How do DNA ethnicity results for 21 sets of identical twins compare at AncestryDNA, 23andMe and MyHeritage? Read the answers here, along with a bonus question about 23andMe traits.
How we can extend the limits of DNA ethnicity estimates to make these tests more reliable and relevant for more people? A look ahead at the next generation of DNA ethnicity estimates.