Introducing Our New DNA Ethnicity Analysis

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We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new and improved DNA Ethnicity Estimate. MyHeritage DNA now provides users with a percentage-based estimate of their ethnic origins covering 42 ethnic regions, more than any other major DNA company and many of which are available only on MyHeritage. The Ethnicity Estimate is presented in an original and engaging format, making it not only interesting but also fun to watch and share.

The Ethnicity Estimate is available to customers who purchase the MyHeritage DNA kit, and also to users who upload their DNA data to MyHeritage. MyHeritage is unique among the main DNA companies in allowing users who have tested their DNA already with another service to upload — for free — their data to MyHeritage. Those users receive DNA Matches for free, for finding relatives based on shared DNA. Beginning this week, users who have already uploaded their DNA data to MyHeritage, or who will upload it in the coming months, will also receive – for free – the new Ethnicity Estimate.

Every person’s DNA reveals their unique heritage. Understanding where your ancestors came from can give you a better sense of who you are. You might even discover roots in unexpected places.

Order a MyHeritage DNA kit today or upload your DNA data for free to uncover your ethnic origins and find new relatives.

DNA results include a fascinating breakdown of your ancestral ethnicity. You will see the percentage of your DNA that originates from each of the ethnic regions supported by MyHeritage in an Ethnicity Estimate, displayed in a list and on a world map. Access your Ethnicity Estimate by selecting “Ethnicity Estimate” in the “DNA” menu. MyHeritage DNA customers also see their results – which include an overview of their ethnicity and DNA Matches – in an aggregated page called the “DNA results” page, that can be accessed by clicking “DNA” in the main navigation menu. Click “View Full Estimate” there to view your Ethnicity Estimate.

DNA results page

The development of the new Ethnicity Estimate raises the number of ethnic regions covered by MyHeritage DNA from 36 to 42. It was made possible thanks to MyHeritage’s Founder Populations Project — one of the largest of its kind ever conducted. For this unique project, more than 5,000 users were handpicked by MyHeritage from its 90 million-strong user base, by virtue of their family trees exemplifying consistent ancestry from the same region or ethnicity for many generations. All project participants received complimentary DNA tests and allowed MyHeritage’s science team to develop breakthrough ethnicity models based on the generated data.

Thanks to this analysis, MyHeritage DNA has become the only mass-market percentage-based DNA test that reveals ethnicities such as Balkan; Baltic; Eskimo & Inuit; Japanese; Kenyan; Sierra Leonean; Somali; five major Jewish groups  — Ashkenazi, Ethiopian, Yemenite, Sephardic from North Africa and Mizrahi from Iran and Iraq; Indigenous Amazonian; Papuan and many others. In some cases, competing products can identify and report an aggregated region (e.g., Italian & Greek), whereas MyHeritage has better resolution and identifies Greek, Italian and Sardinian ethnicities separately. We are not done utilizing all fruits of the Founder Populations Project, and there are many more ethnic regions that we intend to add in the future, after additional processing and fine-tuning.

In the new Ethnicity Estimate released this week, many improvements have been made  in accuracy, compared to our previous version. One particular example which will be very helpful is the accuracy improvement in identifying German, French, Dutch, and other related ethnicities, which are more accurately detected now as North and West European, whereas previously many of them were incorrectly described as British. Previously, we were unable to differentiate between English and Irish, so we grouped them under one ethnicity called “British Isles”. Now we are able to tell them apart, so we have English, and separately – Irish, Scottish and Welsh. It turns out that the latter three are very close genetically, because of their shared Celtic roots, but hopefully we will be able to tell them apart successfully in the future, after further improvement of our ethnicity models.

Our new Ethnicity Estimate is delivered in a captivating “reveal” experience featuring animation, and as of this week, original music composed by MyHeritage. Each of the 42 ethnicities has a distinctive tune, based on the region’s cultural elements; all songs seamlessly connect to each other. This makes the report fun to watch and share over social media. Access this experience by clicking on “Ethnicity Estimate” in the “DNA” menu, and then clicking the “Play Intro” button as shown below:

Here is an example of the new Ethnicity Estimate “reveal” experience:

Once you’ve viewed your animated results, click “Share” to share them with your friends via social media. Click “View full Ethnicity Estimate” to return to the in-depth ethnicity report.

Internally, we have named our new and improved ethnicity model “0.95 beta”, and the older model “0.90 beta”. Users who receive ethnicity results from now on will only get results with the newer model. MyHeritage DNA customers who have already received ethnicity results with the older model will remain with those results, but they can switch to the newer model at any time using the ethnicity settings dialog. The settings can be accessed by using the cogwheel button as shown below. You can also switch back at any time.

Accessing ethnicity settings

Please keep in mind that the Ethnicity Estimate, although the result of sophisticated algorithms based on large amounts of data, is still an estimate. Some ethnicities are genetically very similar to, and hard to distinguish from, other ethnicities, so mistakes may happen. There are also occurrences of false positives, especially with results having very low percentage values. So it’s always a good practice to treat your ethnicity estimate results with caution, and note that we will continue working hard to improve accuracy and add more ethnicities that are not identified currently. We are happy to receive feedback, as it helps point our attention at areas that could use improvement.

We believe that DNA is one of the key areas in the future of genealogy, and as such it receives a lot of attention from us. As with all areas of family history, we continually strive to make it more useful for our users through innovation. Our new Ethnicity Estimate allows us to show you your ancestral roots with better resolution than any other DNA service, in an original and unique format. We are working to add more features to enhance our users’ DNA results in the near future, and our product roadmap includes a chromosome browser which is highly anticipated by some of our users.

The MyHeritage Team.

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  • david


    June 1, 2017

    Hi. I am a myheritage member and was wondering if you offered a health analysis feature?

    • Esther


      June 4, 2017

      Hi David,

      We don’t currently offer a health analysis feature for MyHeritage DNA.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Kim


    June 3, 2017

    the DNA company I have used to get my dna info about will update my results from time to time so it isn’t necessary to redo it for anything new that companies come up with …. Do you do this My Heritage?

    • Esther


      June 4, 2017

      Hi Kim,

      We do often make changes automatically for users. In this case, if you have already received ethnicity results, then you will still see the older Ethnicity Estimate model. You can switch to the newer model at any time using the ethnicity settings dialog (the cogwheel button as shown above).

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • marshrail@gmail.com


    June 5, 2017

    There is no cog wheel on my page – no where to change to new setting???

    • Esther


      June 6, 2017

      Hi,

      Only users who have previously received DNA results with the older Ethnicity model will see the cogwheel. Users who have just received results using our new Ethnicity Estimate will not see the settings options.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Tami Neilson


    June 5, 2017

    My Ethnicity results do not have a Cogwheel icon. Is this because this is still a Beta version?

  • M Kroon


    June 12, 2017

    What a relief, mu first estimate said 85% British/Irish and 15% Scandinavian.. Being Dutch with many German ancestors I was so puzzled about this result and was going to ask my mum some serious questions 😀 . But the new 0.95 version shows 68% North and West European and ‘only’ 22% British, which is very possible since red hair does sometimes run in the family.

  • Mila


    June 16, 2017

    What is the expiration date of your kit? If I purchase it now, can I use it later?

    • Esther


      June 16, 2017

      Hi Mila,

      There is no expiration on the kit, so you can take the test at a later time.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Jan Dagher


    June 20, 2017

    I am part of the Founder’s Project and just received my ethnicity results. It states that 18.1% of my ethnicity comes from two unnamed regions. Will I receive more information about these two regions as it becomes available?
    Thanks!

    Jan

    • Esther


      June 21, 2017

      Hi Jan,

      If you click on the arrows, you should be able to open up the full and detailed ethnicity estimate, with all of the regions shown.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Uriy


    June 21, 2017

    Thank You!!

  • Sandra J. Kotrba


    June 22, 2017

    Dear My Heritage,
    I was chosen to participate in the My Heritage Founder’s Population Project in the Fall and I am very excited in seeing my DNA results. I can’t wait to pass it along to my family members. I hope I can encourage them to get their DNA results for comparison. Thank you.

  • John


    June 23, 2017

    Looks great, Do i have to become a member of MyHeritage to do the DNA test? Do I get my results by Email/post?

    • Esther


      June 25, 2017

      Hi John,

      One has to sign up for a free basic MyHeritage account in order to activate a MyHeritage DNA kit. It can be done in a few simple steps at https://www.myheritage.com/dna/activate.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Bommo


    June 27, 2017

    how long does it take to process a dna kit from a different site after you upload it? Thanks for offering this great free service

    • Esther


      June 27, 2017

      It can take up to a week, but typically only a day or so. Let us know what you discover!

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Tommo


    June 28, 2017

    Hi there, I got my results which showed British & Irish with 51.3% and Scandanavian at 42.3%. From another test I got 95% British. Now I understand MyHeritage results show a split from English with Irish/Scottish/Welsh. Can I get my results done with the new ethnicities?

    • Esther


      June 29, 2017

      Hi Tommo,

      If you are still seeing ethnicity results with the older model, you can switch to the newer model at any time using the ethnicity settings dialog. The settings can be accessed by using the cogwheel button.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Nancy Morales


    July 5, 2017

    I got my results a week ago, but their is no cog wheel showing. Do I have the old or new results?

  • Daniel Rogers


    July 5, 2017

    Have you separated Irish, Scottish, and welsh yet??

    • Esther


      July 9, 2017

      Hi Daniel,

      In the new Ethnicity Estimate released Previously, we were unable to differentiate between English and Irish, so we grouped them under one ethnicity called “British Isles”. Now we are able to tell them apart, so we have English, and separately – Irish, Scottish and Welsh. It turns out that the latter three are very close genetically, because of their shared Celtic roots, but hopefully we will be able to tell them apart successfully in the future, after further improvement of our ethnicity models.

      Best, Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Armen Gazaway


    July 5, 2017

    Sorry to be so dense… Will I need to request the wonderful new analysis if the one I got last month (an upload of raw data) does not have a cog icon? How can I know I have the newest analysis? My analysis page says, “Beta”. Thank you!

    • Esther


      July 12, 2017

      Hi Armen,

      Only MyHeritage users who have uploaded their DNA data to MyHeritage, prior to the launch of the new Ethnicity Estimate on June 1st, have the option to change the display of the Ethnicity Estimate to the 0.95 Beta version, and back to the 0.90 Beta version. If you received your estimate after that date, you will automatically see the new estimate.

      Best, Esther

  • Jim Lloyd


    July 5, 2017

    If my DNA was done by you guys originally do i get to see the new results ?

    • Esther


      July 12, 2017

      Hi Jim,

      By default, you will see the older version of the Ethnicity Estimate, but using the settings, you can choose to view the new version.

      Best, Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Mary Lou Nolan


    July 5, 2017

    I had my DNA done by National Geographic. I was able to upload it to Family Tree DNA easily. It will not upload to My Heritage but keeps giving me a “invalid kit”. Help

    • Esther


      July 12, 2017

      Hi Mary Lou,

      We currently accept raw data files from Ancestry, 23andMe, and FTDNA.

      Best, Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Jim Lloyd


    July 5, 2017

    Ok I have my wife and daughter that were done with a different company. How can i upload them ? Under my account or create a new account for each ?

  • Carolyn Hockett-Moll


    July 5, 2017

    Can hardly wait to get the results of my DNA test…

  • Nydja Quarles


    July 5, 2017

    My information has changed…thank you.

  • DORCAS (DEE) MILITELLO


    July 5, 2017

    THAT IS EXCITING. I WILL BE INTERESTED IN SEEING WHAT MIGHT BE ADDED TO OUR DNA RESULTS. DEE MILITELLO

  • David


    July 5, 2017

    Hello, I’m a MyHeritage member waiting on results from the dna sample I sent. I’m especially interested in my Native American heritage. Thanks for such a phenomenal resource for genealogical research.

  • Barbara Vitale


    July 5, 2017

    I am looking for any Native American connections.

  • Robin Sinclair


    July 6, 2017

    Could you please include in future Australian Aboriginal.

    • Esther


      July 6, 2017

      Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Melissa


    July 6, 2017

    Hello, I just mailed mine and my fathers DNA today should get to your offices on Saturday per USPS.
    looking forward to finding out if all the family talk of what is in us is really in us. ;-]
    I have also shared with family who have used other companies to down load their results to your site.
    have a great one
    Melissa Blevins Nesbit

  • Ken Richards


    July 6, 2017

    Is this going to extended to existing customers? I used to have interesting info on my origins which disappeared a few months ago

  • Barbara Gegg


    July 6, 2017

    Hi. I’m a MyHeritage member. Many months ago I downloaded my dad’s DNA test from FTDNA to MyHeritage. However, as a new member trying to find my way, I downloaded it under my name since I am doing the DNA for my family. Since that time, I tested my own DNA. So I downloaded my DNA under my name and reloaded my Dad’s DNA under his name. Unfortunately, I now have 2 kits showing under my name. I can’t figure out a way to delete it. Is that possible? I am afraid I will have strange results having 2 different DNAs under my name.

    • Esther


      July 6, 2017

      Hi Barbara,

      You can re-assign DNA results to be for another person in your family tree. Please see the following FAQ post about this:

      How do I re-assign a DNA kit to a family member in my tree? http://helpcenter.myheritage.com/907329231

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • James S Guerrero


    July 6, 2017

    Great service, I have one question and that is; the ethnicity estimate is taken from what DNA test, is it from the yDNA, xDNA, or Autosomal DNA?

    • Esther


      July 6, 2017

      Hi James,

      The MyHeritage DNA test is an autosomal test.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Christabelle


    July 6, 2017

    What are the 42 regions? Are they all coloured in the first picture? If so, Australia has been missed all together and I have wasted my money. Does anyone know?\

    • Esther


      July 6, 2017

      Hi Christabelle, When you access your Ethnicity Estimate by selecting “Ethnicity Estimate” in the “DNA” Tab, you can see ‘All supported Ethnicities’ on the left upper side of the page. Best, Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Hal Meadows


    July 6, 2017

    My DNA test was done with another group. How do I transfer the test results to Heritage?

  • Gabi


    July 6, 2017

    Hello. Did you test Jews dna and can to define Cohens Gens. Thank you

    • Esther


      July 12, 2017

      Hi Gabi,

      We currently show 5 different Jewish groups in the ethnicity breakdown: Ashkenazi, Ethiopian, Yemenite, Sephardic from North Africa and Mizrahi from Iran and Iraq.

      We do not test for specific genes, such as the Cohen gene.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Joe Fonddrk


    July 6, 2017

    I got my results a month +- ago. Will my DNA results now be compared to the new results?

  • Mohamed Sayed Mohideen


    July 6, 2017

    Interesting. Ancestry analysis will probably be quite revealing

  • Georges R. Le May


    July 7, 2017

    Is it true that if my brother and I both take the DNA tests, we may not receive the same results as I or my brother may take mostly after a different parent? EX: I may take mostly after my mother but my brother may take mostly after my father.

    • Esther


      July 16, 2017

      Hi Georges,

      Each sibling gets the same distribution of parental DNA in terms of percentages, half of their DNA from the mother and half from the father. However, each sibling gets different parts of the two parents’ DNA, so the results can be very different.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Amy


    July 7, 2017

    I’ve uploaded DNA before. I only have a few matches. Do I need a paid subscription to see ethnicity results?

    Thanks

    • Esther


      July 16, 2017

      Hi Amy,

      Viewing Ethnicity Estimates as well as DNA matches are free.

      Best,
      Esther /MyHeritage Team

  • Margie Clayton Klein


    July 7, 2017

    Looking forward to the DNA update !

  • Brenda MacKay


    July 7, 2017

    Can you advise please if I have access to this new info you are advising on if I have already done the DNA test and already have on Ancestry1!! it sounds like this new info is more detailed and I do not want to have to do this test again

    • Esther


      July 10, 2017

      Hi Brenda,

      No need to take a new test! You can upload your data from Ancestry for free. Please follow the directions here: http://www.myheritage.com/dna/upload.

      Best, Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Vivian Noel


    July 7, 2017

    I hope to find my daughter Shonna Noel with DNA testing. Pray for me. Vivian C Noel.

  • Nancy Moncovich


    July 7, 2017

    I find it more interesting considering that even knowing both parents and having sketchy details from both sides of your family to have more information at your hands

  • Marianne


    July 8, 2017

    How do I get a DNA TEST

  • John Hubbard


    July 8, 2017

    Okay, So are you going to recompute the ancestry origins for those of us whose DNA you analyzed during the past year? Or must we resubmit a new kit. Both my wife and I were surprised that the DNA results didn’t seem to support information we thought we knew to be true.

  • LaNell Barrett


    July 8, 2017

    Wondering how to upload my results from 23&Me

  • Christel Zimmermann leach


    July 9, 2017

    I’d love to know more of my past ancestors

  • Andrew Carlson


    July 9, 2017

    I love my ethnicity estimate. The music makes it so cool and awesome. So cool I wish there was some way I could download it as a video. Is there a way to do this? If not, please make it an option in the future to download the ethnicity estimate as a video file.

    • Esther


      July 12, 2017

      Thanks for the suggestion! It’s in the future plans.

  • Bruce Hill


    July 10, 2017

    I really like the music for each ethnicity. Especially the one for Scottish, Irish and Welsh.

  • Mike S


    July 11, 2017

    I love the music in the ethnicity estimate. It’s great!

  • michael telford


    July 11, 2017

    I am trying to find Larkin Stewarts Family My name is Michael Juriah Telford Grand son of HIS DAUGHTER LUCILE STEWART GLENN.

  • Jodi Egan


    July 11, 2017

    Hi!
    Is there a list of the 42 ethnic regions?

    Thanks,
    Jodi

    • Esther


      July 12, 2017

      Hi Jodi,

      You will see the percentage of your DNA that originates from each of the ethnic regions supported by MyHeritage in the Ethnicity Estimate, displayed in a list and on a world map. Access your Ethnicity Estimate by selecting “Ethnicity Estimate” in the “DNA” Tab. Click on ‘All supported Ethnicities’ to see all 42, on the left upper side of the page.

      Best, Esther

  • Guilherme Fraga


    July 13, 2017

    Hi, I was very pleased with the ethnicities results, and they pretty much matched my genealogical records. Curiously I got 1% north american (I’m south Brazilian) and I know of a North American (who descends mostly from British) woman who got 1% “amazonian” so that’s interesting…

    Thanks a lot!

  • Sharon


    July 16, 2017

    I’ve looked at over a dozen estimates of my heritage and this test is by far the most accurate. It is the only one to show my 6.25% native american – all the others showed it as 2 or 3%

  • Linda Ennis


    July 17, 2017

    Thanks for continuing to evolve with our DNA results!

  • Fabbri Francesco


    July 21, 2017

    I am interested in testing my DNA

  • Coul


    July 21, 2017

    Is that available in Canada?

    • Esther


      July 23, 2017

      Yes, it is!

  • Raquel


    July 24, 2017

    Hi my heritage! My boyfriend is a korean adoptee but in the results it says japanese, chinese and mongolian. Do you differienciate korean? Or you dont have this group yet?

    • Esther


      July 24, 2017

      Hi Raquel,

      For East Asia, we show the following ethnicities: Chinese and Vietnamese, Eskimo/Inuit, Filipino, Indonesian, and Malaysian, Japanese, Mongolian, Nepali, Thai and Cambodian.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • sorin


    July 26, 2017

    Hi, if I have received my results and I see I am 50% Greek and 50% italian…. my question is, how far is this check going backwards, can I say that I have an idea about my origins for the past how many years, 1000, 2000? Thanks

    • Esther


      July 26, 2017

      Hi Sorin,

      The results you receive in the MyHeritage Ethnicity Estimate are based on an autosomal DNA test. This test analyzes DNA inherited from both your parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents etc. giving you a range of information about where your ancestors lived a few hundred years ago.

  • Barbara Peyton


    July 28, 2017

    I would like to now my know my background thru DNA testing.

  • Jesse Lanou


    August 1, 2017

    I uploaded my dna report from 23 and me a few days ago. When should I expect to be able to see my MyHeritage report?

    • Esther


      August 2, 2017

      Hi Jesse,

      You should see your results within the next few days. You’ll receive an email notification when your results are available.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • H. H


    August 9, 2017

    I uploaded my results from 23andme multiple times, but I got an “invalid kit” every time! Why?!

    • Esther


      August 10, 2017

      When there is an error message showing the upload is invalid, it means that the file does not meet the criteria to be utilized for calculating DNA Matches. Is it possible that you’ve uploaded a yDNA or mtDNA test? We currently only accept autosomal test uploads. Another reason could be that the file for the autosomal test is incomplete. We recommend that you return to your DNA provider and download the file again. Then upload the file again to your MyHeritage site.

  • edbergh


    August 10, 2017

    Hi,
    Is your DNA report based on the origin of both parents ( genes) or just one of them?

    • Esther


      August 20, 2017

      We offer an autosomal DNA test, which tests both maternal and paternal ancestry.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • L R


    August 17, 2017

    Hi, do you have a timeline for when the chromosome browser can be expected? Thanks!

    • Esther


      August 20, 2017

      It’s in the plans, but we have no date yet. Stay tuned!

      Esther / MyHeritage Team