If you have ties in your genealogy to Germanic Europe or to New England, the Mid-Atlantic, or Midwest, USA, then you’ll want to check your AncestryDNA Story to see if you have new communities.
Ancestry is continually developing new ways to help you learn more about yourself, through your DNA, which can unlock more discoveries about your family history.
But before you check your AncestryDNA Story to see how this change affected your DNA, let me tell you what Ancestry Communities are.
An Ancestry community is a group of AncestryDNA® members who likely descend from a population of common ancestors, people who traveled to the same place around the same time or from the same place around the same time.
So now AncestryDNA communities include 33 in Germanic Europe, 151 in Mid-Atlantic, 138 in Midwest, and 26 in New England.
So you are looking for circles and dotted lines which represents a community. The regions with solid circles are based on your DNA.
This community update was happening as early as last Friday but for sure by today so I was interested in seeing any changes in my communities at AncestryDNA. But alas, there were none. I had thought there might be because I have 6% Germanic European in my ethnicity estimates but it’s also based on trees and I must admit my German research could be better.
But it had me take a closer look at the communities I do have. Besides South Eastern England including Surrey and Sussex, I have these pictured below.
It really is amazing when your DNA lines up with your research. The Western & Central Ontario Settlers actually reflects both my maternal and paternal tree and the Sussex and Southwestern Quebec French Settlers Communities is on my father’s side.
You’ll see also that my Southern Ontario Settlers community is telling me I have 2 possible Ancestor Stories. If you haven’t check that out it’s called StoryScout. StoryScout™ searches historical records and public family trees on Ancestry® to find stories about your family. You don’t need a subscription to use it but you do have to have tested at AncestryDNA.
If you find any of the new communities in your AncestryDNA Story I’d love to hear about it.
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