AncestryDNA is changing again? What’s going on? (July 2022 edition)

Why is Ancestry being discontinued?

To do this, we wanted to deepen our focus on family history, including AncestryDNA®, which remains an important part of our commitment to family history. As we carefully considered how to maximize the impact we hope to make, we made the difficult decision in the winter of 2020 to discontinue AncestryHealth®.

Why did AncestryDNA change so much?

What changed? The reason for the change, according to Ancestry’s website, is because the company has more DNA samples with which it can compare results. When Ancestry first launched its DNA testing in 2012, it compared samples to 22 possible regions. Now the company can compare tests to 380 regions.

How often is AncestryDNA updated?

We also have more than 1,400 DNA communities which are, by and large, much more precise than are the ethnicity regions. For example, in a recent update we added almost 80 of these communities to Pennsylvania alone! We typically update ethnicity regions once a year and add new communities several times a year.

How many generations does Ancestry com go back?

How far back does AncestryDNA go? AncestryDNA tests use autosomal DNA, which determines your ethnicity. Therefore, the AncestryDNA test will go back about 6 to 8 generations or around 150-200 years.

Why you shouldn’t get a DNA test?

Privacy. If you’re considering genetic testing, privacy may well be a concern. In particular, you may worry that once you take a DNA test, you no longer own your data. AncestryDNA does not claim ownership rights in the DNA that is submitted for testing.

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