AncestryDNA and 23andMe Ethnicity Updates

I have seen reports on various Facebook groups that 23andMe and AncestryDNA have updated, or are updating, their ethnicity results. In checking my AncestryDNA ethnicity results, I believe they have been updated. With 23andMe, mine don’t appear to be updated, but I will check Ignore Ethnic Results Below the Continental Level to see how the current percentages for both companies compare to my last updates listed in that post. Not seeing any difference between my AncestryDNA results today from the last update and only a very minor difference between my 23andMe results today vs. last update.

I still hold to the ignore ethnicity results below the continental level as the science is far from being good enough yet, combined with the fact they are comparing our ethnicity results to people who live in other parts of the world now. As many migrations that happened in the last 500 – 6,000 years, you can guarantee in most places the ethnicity of who lives there now is far different than who lived there hundreds or thousands of years ago.

Biggest difference between the January 2019 and April 2019 23andMe ethnicity results is loss of Sub-Saharan African 0.2% which has been moved to Trace Ancestry.

23andMe (January 2019 vs. April 2019 ethnicity results:

(23andMe, v3 – after the January 2019 update):
European 99.0%
British and Irish 45.6%
French and German 26.8%
Scandinavian 1.5%
Italian 1.1%
Ashkenazi Jewish 0.2%
Broadly Northwestern European 18.0%
Broadly European 4.0%
Broadly Southern European 1.8%
East Asian and Native American 0.8%
Native American 0.8%
Sub-Saharan African 0.2%
Ghanaian, Liberian, and Sierra Leonean 0.2%
23andMe (April 2019 update)

Population Match Confidence Percent

European 99.0%
Northwestern European 91.9%
British & Irish 45.6%
United Kingdom Highly Likely Match
Ireland Possible Match
Guernsey Not Detected
French & German 26.8%

Although we’ve detected French & German DNA in your ancestral breakdown, we have not identified more specific locations that your recent ancestors may have called home.
Austria Not Detected
Belgium Not Detected
France Not Detected
Germany Not Detected
Luxembourg Not Detected
Netherlands Not Detected
Switzerland Not Detected
Scandinavian 1.5%

Although we’ve detected Scandinavian DNA in your ancestral breakdown, we have not identified more specific locations that your recent ancestors may have called home.
Denmark Not Detected
Faroe Islands Not Detected
Iceland Not Detected
Norway Not Detected
Sweden Not Detected
Finnish 0.0%
Broadly Northwestern European 18.0%
Southern European 2.9%
Italian 1.1%

Although we’ve detected Italian DNA in your ancestral breakdown, we have not identified more specific locations that your recent ancestors may have called home.
Italy Not Detected
Malta Not Detected
Greek & Balkan 0.0%
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sardinian 0.0%
Spanish & Portuguese 0.0%
Broadly Southern European 1.8%
Ashkenazi Jewish 0.2%
Eastern European 0.0%
Czech Republic
Broadly European 4.0%
East Asian & Native American 0.8%
Melanesian 0.0%
South Asian 0.0%
Sub-Saharan African 0.0%
Western Asian & North African 0.0%
Trace Ancestry 0.2%
Unassigned 0.0%


Here’s the current AncestryDNA ethnicity results, which haven’t changed from the September 2018 update:

Ethnicity Estimate
England, Wales & Northwestern Europe 48%
Germanic Europe 30%
Ireland & Scotland 16%
Sweden 4%
France 2%

About Wichita Genealogist

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