DNA Test Results | Take a Tour

When you get your DNA test results, you’re hoping for answers. Or at least insights that can satisfy your curiosity.

Your results DO offer those. But it’s not easy to understand them. That’s why we created Tours of the biggest DNA testing companies–so you can confidently understand what your DNA test results are telling you!

Take a Tour for every testing company you use!

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Our Tours help you explore the answers that are right in front of you. What do those ethnicity maps and percentages really mean? Who are those DNA matches? What additional insights can your results give you about your roots? With our step-by-step, guided Tour, you’ll be CONFIDENTLY exploring answers in no time! Here’s what people have been saying about our Tours:

I just finished my 3rd Tour and highly recommend taking these classes. Each Tour taught me something that I didn’t know even though I have been using FTDNA, MyHeritage and AncestryDNA for a long time. Diahan makes it easy to understand and there are opportunities to ask questions.

Susan Hughes

Diahan was really good about explaining the basic science without dumbing it down too much. I loved that! This isn’t a ‘look-at’ video series–it’s a ‘stop-and-go-through-it’ experience. I already knew some things about AncestryDNA, but now I can connect all the dots and really understand what I’m doing there. 

Judie Greenhalgh

Well worth the time. I have tested my DNA at Ancestry and found it very useful. I thought I had a full understanding in using the site and had coached other genealogist in using their DNA results at Ancestry. Diahan certainly showed me a few extra ways to make use of the tools as well as increasing my knowledge of how to use the results. Great course. It was easy to follow and fun using the workbook. A good reminder of what was learned.


The AncestryDNA Tour will help you make sense of your DNA matches, and put you on the path to finding out how you connect with your DNA cousins.

Stacy Ryan Mangum

Featured Tour: AncestryDNA

  • Nearly 90 minutes of engaging video instruction segments so you can enjoy short, easy-to-learn segments; additional activities bring the experience to a total 2-3 hours
  • An on-demand experience so you can go at your own speed: start, stop, and come back if you need to, or re-watch whenever you want
  • A colorful, 16-page, interactive, printable PDF workbook you can fill in–and which becomes a useful reference guide
  • Indefinite access to your Tour, with occasional updates as MORE exciting new tools or features are added to your AncestryDNA experience, so you can KEEP learning MORE of what your DNA can tell you
  • BONUS: A handy digital edition of the AncestryDNA Quick Reference Guide, with at-a-glance reference for the important tools and features you’ll want to visit on the site

DNA test results are exciting to see for the first time–and can be even more interesting later on. Here’s why you’ll want to check on your AncestryDNA or other consumer DNA results every few months.

When’s the last time you checked your DNA test results? Has it been a minute? Maybe it’s time to look again.

Your DNA test results aren’t meant to be a once-and-done experience. Whether you tested at 23andMe, AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, Family Tree DNA or Living DNA, you will likely have more to learn as time goes on. Not just the ones you see when you first open them!

DNA Test Results: What To Look at Regularly

What should you look for when you log back in? Three things:

Email from your DNA matches

When you get contacted by a DNA match, you want to know about this as soon as possible! For many people, communicating with DNA matches is a fairly high priority. We want to learn what their matches may know about their common family history. Cousins may have family stories, photos or family tree data that we don’t. Some people also enjoy meeting long-lost relatives, or are actively searching for birth family connections.

Different DNA testing companies have different routes and settings for communicating with your DNA matches. Be sure your settings are such that you’re receiving immediate notice of these communications, wherever possible. You don’t want these contacts to go stale.

New DNA matches

New DNA matches may show up at any time: whenever someone you’re related to takes a DNA test with the same company! People continue to take DNA tests all over the world. A cousin may test in a month, or in 6 months, or in 3 years. You just don’t know when that will be.

Check periodically for new matches, especially if you have a specific question you hope DNA will help answer, or if you’re trying to locate living relatives. Meanwhile, organize your current matches into which side of your family they fall on. That way, when you get new matches, it will be easier to see how this match may help you answer questions about your family tree.

When you log in to your testing company and go to your DNA match list page, here’s how you can quickly sort your DNA matches to see your newest ones:

  • 23andMe: Sort by > Newest relatives
  • AncestryDNA: Use the “Unviewed” filter
  • Family Tree DNA: Sort by > Most recent matches
  • Living DNA: Sort by > Newest first
  • MyHeritage: Sort by > Most recent

Ethnicity results

You should know that your ethnicity estimates will change over time.

Does that sound weird? After all, the places your ancestors were from haven’t changed! But yes, your ethnicity estimates will change. That’s because, over time, more people from more places are taking DNA tests. This provides additional data for our testing companies, which causes them to update the way they assign ethnicity estimates every so often. This means that ethnicity results do change, and overall, are becoming more accurate and precise over time.

Of special note are AncestryDNA’s Genetic Communities, MyHeritage’s Genetic Groups and 23andMe’s Recent Ancestor Locations. These identify specific migratory groups or little tiny places with which your DNA is connected. Like Black Sea Germans in Ukraine and Russia; or County Dublin, Ireland; or Northern Lebanon/Northwest Syria. Be sure, if you’ve tested with these companies, that you’re looking closely at these!

We’re Here to Help

Communicating with DNA matches can be a little intimidating. Here at Your DNA Guide, we’ve had a lot of experience with these conversations! Our free guide to contacting your DNA matches can help you set just the right tone!

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