If you have been thinking about getting your DNA tested lately, but you want to see an example of Ancestry DNA results first, you have come to the right place. In this post, I will show you my DNA results. I found that testing with Ancestry DNA was a very positive experience. I had been mildly interested in family history and genealogy since I was a kid, but this DNA stuff took it to a new level for me.
I hope it’s just as much fun for you!
Ancestry DNA Results Example
When you first log into Ancestry DNA, you will be taken to a screen that looks like the image below. I have blocked out a few parts of the image for privacy protection. Ancestry has a beautiful interface and great web design, so I definitely don’t want you to think that you will have those black boxes on your screen.
As you can see in the image, my DNA results are divided into three sections. I can access my Genetic Ancestry, DNA Matches, and DNA Circles by clicking on those green buttons below each section. I’ll show some more examples further down in this post, along with some explanations.
Genetic Ancestry Example
Under the Genetic Ancestry section, there is a lot of information available about my ethnicity and the genetic communities to which I belong. The first part of the Genetic Ancestry is my ethnicity estimate. I am able to click through to see even more information on the estimate, and find out if there are any other ethnicities that I have. From this image, you can see that I am 43% Eastern European. I was actually surprised to learn that – I figured that I would be more Western European. What kind of surprise will you have?
Under the ethnicity estimate, I can see my Genetic Communities. This is a really neat feature of Ancestry DNA. If I click on one of the Genetic Communities, it will give me some historical context about why and when my ancestors settled there. In addition, I can see some of my DNA matches that also belong to the same Genetic Community. This can be very helpful if you are researching your family tree.
DNA Matches Example
Once I was done learning about my ethnicity, it was time to move on to the most exciting part of Ancestry DNA (to me, at least!): My DNA matches! Some people like to call these “cousin matches”, since all but the closest matches are usually some sort of cousin to me.
The image below is what the match screen currently looks like. Of course, it will be a little different for everyone, depending on how many relatives of yours have taken the test, and how closely they are related to you.
The DNA matches will be grouped into a predicted relationship type. The only relationship predictions that are practically guaranteed to be 100% accurate are the parent/child relationships. For example, my daughter, my mother, and my father have taken the test. On my daughter’s test results, she is told with extremely high confidence that I am her mother. On my test results (shown above), you can see that Ancestry tells me with certainty that those two DNA matches are my mother and father. Phew!
When you click on one of your DNA matches, you will be taken to a new page where it gives you more complete information about them. You will typically be able to see the match’s ethnicity, including trace ethnicity, the amount of DNA that you share, whether or not you have shared matches, and a contact button to be able to send them a message. In addition, if you have an Ancestry subscription, you will be able to view their family tree and see whether you have surnames in common.
The last thing that I want to mention about the DNA match screen is those little “tree leaves” that you see right next to the “View Match” button. Those little leaves mean that Ancestry DNA has compared your family tree to theirs and has found a common ancestor. This is a cool way to kind of “prove” that your family tree is correct – especially for closer matches!
The final area of my DNA results are the “DNA Circles” that I belong to. If you have a family tree on Ancestry, as I do, you could potentially be placed into a DNA Circle. A DNA Circle is formed when there are several members (who have also tested their DNA) that share a common ancestor. There will also usually be a few members in the circle who you do not share DNA with, but who also have that ancestor in their tree and share DNA with some of the other members of the circle.
The advantage of the DNA Circle is that it can help you determine if your family tree research is correct. The more people who have a certain person in their tree and share DNA with each other, the more probable that the family trees are correct.
Have You Tested Your DNA Yet?
If you haven’t done it yet, now is a great time to start. It usually takes between 1-2 months to get your results back with most companies, so don’t wait!
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