New: View the Genetic Groups of Your DNA Matches 

New: View the Genetic Groups of Your DNA Matches 

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We’re excited to announce an addition to DNA Matches on MyHeritage you can now compare your Genetic Groups to those of your DNA Matches.

In late December 2020, we introduced Genetic Groups, an enhancement to our Ethnicity Estimate which increases the resolution of MyHeritage DNA’s ethnicity breakdown to 2,114 geographic regions. Since then, we’ve been working to improve the feature and add new components requested by users, and in January 2021 we released the first set of user interface improvements

Comparing the shared genetic characteristics of your DNA Matches is very useful and can help you figure out how you might be related. Previously, on the Review DNA Match page, you were able to view the Ethnicity Estimate of your DNA Matches and see which ethnicities you share. Now, you can drill down even further and see which Genetic Groups they belong to, and which ones you have in common.

Comparing your Shared Ethnicities and Genetic Groups

Previously on the Review Match page, there was a Shared Ethnicities component that displayed your DNA Match’s Ethnicity Estimate with your Shared Ethnicities highlighted. Shared Ethnicities are regions where you and your DNA Match may have common ancestral origins, and identifying them may give you some clues about shared ancestors.

With the new update, this section of the page now allows you to compare your Genetic Groups results in addition to your Ethnicity Estimates. We have organized the new component so that beneath the comparison between your DNA Match’s Ethnicity Estimate and your own, you’ll find a list of Genetic Groups to which you and your DNA Match belong. Ethnicities and Genetic Groups listed in bold are the ones you have in common with the match you are currently reviewing.

The ethnicities are listed first, sorted from highest to lowest according to the percentage of each ethnicity in your results. Then, the Genetic Groups are listed: first, the Genetic Groups you share, sorted according to confidence level; then, the Genetic Groups you have that your match doesn’t; and finally, the Genetic Groups your DNA Match has that you do not.

On the right, you’ll find a dynamic section where you can learn more about the ethnicities and Genetic Groups: a map with a polygon indicating the geographic region of the ethnicity or Genetic Group and a description.

When you click on one of the ethnicities or groups on the list, the box on the right will update to show you its polygon on the map and a more detailed description.

If you hover over a Genetic Group on the list, you’ll see a tooltip with the description of that group and an indication for the confidence levels that you and the DNA Match have for that Genetic Group.

There are three confidence levels: low, medium, and high, based on the quality and quantity of the segments that are shared with the genetic data that represents each group.  

Click on the ethnicity or group to see the full description, or choose “Learn more” to see additional information for that specific ethnicity or Genetic Group. 

By default, you will see the DNA Match’s full Ethnicity Estimate and Genetic Groups results alongside yours, so you can compare them for yourself. If you prefer to view only the ethnicities and Genetic Groups you have in common, you can click the “Shared only” button on the top right corner.

How do Shared Genetic Groups help with genealogy?

Comparing your Genetic Groups to those of your DNA Matches can help you in several ways.

As mentioned above, viewing the genetic characteristics you share with your match can help you determine how they might be related to you. For example, if you know your mother has Scandinavian heritage while your father’s side is mostly from Greece and southern Europe, Scandinavian ethnicity could indicate that the match is related to you through your mother’s side.

Genetic Groups help you drill down even further. What if both your mother and your father were from Scandinavia? In that case, knowing that your DNA Match has some Scandinavian ethnicity wouldn’t help you very much. But if your mother’s family was from Denmark and your father’s from eastern Sweden, and you and your DNA Match share the Genetic Group called Denmark (North Region) — that could indicate that you may be related through your mother’s side. 

Taking this even further, if you know your mother’s mother was from Svendborg and your mother’s father was from northern Denmark, this Shared Genetic Group could indicate that your common ancestor is on your maternal grandfather’s side — considerably narrowing down the possibilities.

Who can view Shared Ethnicities and Genetic Groups?

Shared Ethnicities and Genetic Groups is a premium feature that requires a paid MyHeritage plan (Complete, Premium, or PremiumPlus). Users without a MyHeritage plan will not be able to view this section of the Review DNA Match page. Users who upload their raw DNA data from another testing service to MyHeritage can pay a one-time fee of $29 per kit to unlock all advanced DNA features offered by MyHeritage, including Shared Ethnicities and Genetic Groups. Learn more about our subscription plans.

If you do not want your DNA Matches to view your ethnicity results or Genetic Groups, you may turn off this capability through the “My privacy” page, in the “My DNA preferences tab”. Turn off the checkbox labeled “Allow my DNA Matches to view my Ethnicity Estimate and Genetic Groups”.

Conclusion

Comparing the shared genetic characteristics of your DNA Matches can help you figure out how you might be related. Previously, on the Review DNA Match page, you were able to view the Ethnicity Estimate of your DNA Matches and see which ethnicities you share. Now, you can drill down even further and see which Genetic Groups they belong to, and which ones you have in common. This can help you gain further insight into your relationships with your matches, learn more about your roots, and might even break through some brick walls in your genealogy research.

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  • Rudolf Benirschke


    April 6, 2021

    Good search

  • Gordon Martin


    April 6, 2021

    thanks

  • Kimberley


    April 7, 2021

    Awesome! Thank you

  • Caridad Perez


    April 7, 2021

    I see that I may have ancestors in Louisiana us

  • Anna Szanto


    April 7, 2021

    I would like to meet people who have similar DNA, to mine, from Europe.

  • Arthur Youngman


    April 7, 2021

    When will Living DNA dna be able to upload to MyHeritage?

  • Doug Edwards


    April 7, 2021

    Great that you can now share Genetic Groups. Are there any plans to update the ethnicity estimate with My Heritage?

    • Esther


      June 1, 2021

      Hi Doug, Yes! We hope to have an update sometime this year. Stay tuned.

  • Zoran


    April 7, 2021

    Awesome! Thank you

  • Karl schulte


    April 7, 2021

    Amazing. Example close to me. Friedland and west Norway (mom).

  • Deborah Brauer


    April 7, 2021

    Awesome

  • Laura Milroy


    April 7, 2021

    Brilliant thank you

  • John W HAMILTON


    April 7, 2021

    ok

  • Marilyn Alf


    April 7, 2021

    Fascinating! And very useful.

  • Ann Muhs


    April 7, 2021

    Not sure about this! My father Charles Sweeney was from Norther Ireland! My mother’s family Marjorie Griffin may have been Jewish
    Ann Muhs

  • Nannie P Wernicke


    April 7, 2021

    Want to do this very much

  • Pete


    April 7, 2021

    I like the Genetic Group page as there is finally some acknowledgement that Southern Austria exists.
    A recommendation is that a means be provided for people within specific groups to group chat with each other if they would care to do so.

  • Rita Coles


    April 7, 2021

    Good

  • Aline Mailloux (Jeske)


    April 7, 2021

    Thank you so much, this feature will help so much

  • Maria Lanteri


    April 7, 2021

    I am out of the country now but I will check it out after I return to the USA!

  • connie Hill


    April 7, 2021

    Can I use my Ancestry gene test on your site?

  • Carole Allison


    April 8, 2021

    I have very diverse ancestry so it should be a help

  • Sharon


    April 8, 2021

    Great, thanks x

  • thom fisher


    April 8, 2021

    i already have my dna from ancestry and 23 and me. how do i connect those to my heritage?

  • Stephen Rapcewicz


    April 8, 2021

    Always so helpful and motivating

  • Natoya Doulatt


    April 8, 2021

    Very insightful. Thank you.

  • Leticia felknor


    April 9, 2021

    I’m really excited Thank you for your sale

  • Leticia felknor


    April 9, 2021

    I’m really excited Thank you for your sale
    Yea

  • Hilary Berger


    April 9, 2021

    So far, I’ve been excited about the results so far re DNA new family connections.

  • James dodge


    April 11, 2021

    Hopefully

  • Eryoldas


    April 12, 2021

    Thank you

  • Linda


    April 14, 2021

    Thank you for helping to define some areas of origins!!!

  • Jacqueline Swartz


    April 14, 2021

    I like that this is free access.Thank you

  • Mario Priolo


    April 22, 2021

    Una Bella opportunità grazie

  • Nilda Angelica Pizarro Mansur


    April 24, 2021

    I like that this is free access.Thank you