Do the results give countries or just continents? I would like one that gives specific countries.

asked on November 24, 2015

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It gives both countries & continents. As an example, my husband's results showed ( 40 % Ireland ) -- ( 36 % West Europe ) --
( 10 % Scandinavia ) -- ( 3 % Finland / Northwest Russia -- ( 3 % Great Britain ) -- ( 3 % Italy / Greece ) -- ( 1 % Iberian Peninsula) -- ( < 1 % East Europe ) -- ( 2 % West Asia, Caucasus ). It also gives you an explanation of each country or region of which "nationalities" they consist of & where they might have migrated from & their history.
Hope this answers your questions. Judy

Jude
· November 25, 2015
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Ancestry has created 26 global regions. In each region they have identified a group of living individuals with known ancestries (well know ancestries that go back hundreds of years). Your DNA is compared with each of these regions to determine which groups you have ethnicity with and which you don't. These are the 2… see more Ancestry has created 26 global regions. In each region they have identified a group of living individuals with known ancestries (well know ancestries that go back hundreds of years). Your DNA is compared with each of these regions to determine which groups you have ethnicity with and which you don't. These are the 26 Regions: Great Britain, Ireland, Europe East, Iberian Peninsula, European Jewish, Scandinavia, Italy/Greece, Europe West, Finland/Northwest Russia, Africa Southeastern Bantu, Africa North, Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers, Benin/Togo, Cameroon/Congo, Ivory Coast/Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Native American, Asia Central, Asia East, Asia South, Melanesia, Polynesia, Caucasus, Middle East. Regions normally contain more than one country. For instance, the region called Ireland is primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. So that might seem confusing when another region is Great Britain. The region called Great Britain is primarily located in: England, Scotland, and Wales. As you can see there is some overlap. However, Great Britain has 111 individuals that make up that region. Ireland has 138 individuals that make up that region. But I believe that no individual is shared between the two. That is, the 138 individuals that make up the Ireland region, for example, are only used there and no where else. And its the same for all regions. Each region is a mutually exclusive set of individuals. One thing that might be of interest is that if one is interested in his African ethnicity, that gets fairly specific. Africa alone is broken up into 9 specific regions: Senegal, Africa Southeast Bantu, Benin/Togo, Mali, Cameroon/Congo, Africa South-Central Hunter-Gathers, Nigeria, North Africa, Ivory Coast/Ghana. Some of these are actually good for specific countries. Nigeria, for example, is primarily located in Nigeria. Senegal is primarily located in Senegal and the Gambia. Mali is primarily located in Mali and Guinea. The Ivory Coast/Ghana is primarily located in Ivory Coast/Ghana. and so on. So for African ethnicities the DNA results get fairly specific ... almost as to individual countries. see less Ancestry has created 26 global regions. In each region they have identified a group of living individuals with known ancestries (well know ancestries that go back hundreds of years). Your DNA is compared with each of these regions to determine which groups you have ethnicity with and which you don't. These are the 26 Regions: Great Britain, Ireland, Europe East, Iberian Peninsula, European Jewish, Scandinavia, Italy/Greece, Europe West, Finland/Northwest Russia, Africa Southeastern Bantu, Africa North, Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers, Benin/Togo, Cameroon/Congo, Ivory Coast/Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Native American, Asia Central, Asia East, Asia South, Melanesia, Polynesia, Caucasus, Middle East. Regions normally contain more than one country. For instance, the region called Ireland is primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. So that might seem confusing when another region is Great Britain. The region called Great Britain is primarily located in: England, Scotland, and Wales. As you can see there is some overlap. However, Great Britain has 111 individuals that make up that region. Ireland has 138 individuals that make up that region. But I believe that no individual is shared between the two. That is, the 138 individuals that make up the Ireland region, for example, are only used there and no where else. And its the same for all regions. Each region is a mutually exclusive set of individuals. One thing that might be of interest is that if one is interested in his African ethnicity, that gets fairly specific. Africa alone is broken up into 9 specific regions: Senegal, Africa Southeast Bantu, Benin/Togo, Mali, Cameroon/Congo, Africa South-Central Hunter-Gathers, Nigeria, North Africa, Ivory Coast/Ghana. Some of these are actually good for specific countries. Nigeria, for example, is primarily located in Nigeria. Senegal is primarily located in Senegal and the Gambia. Mali is primarily located in Mali and Guinea. The Ivory Coast/Ghana is primarily located in Ivory Coast/Ghana. and so on. So for African ethnicities the DNA results get fairly specific ... almost as to individual countries.
The Happy Woodworker
· March 1, 2016
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My results proved unreliable. I used 23AndMe for more accurate results. The differences were dramatic. 23Andme actually uses families who can show they have been in a region for some generations. My Ancestry.com results were so far off, it was not funny. If your ancestry is from some limited Anglo-saxon regions, you may be OK. I did Ancestry twice and both times they were way off, just to see if they could get it right.
Compare 8% UK to 42% and they missed the country my family has lived in for many generations... completely missed it.. 23AndMe got it right (or at least in the ballpark).

P. Marino
· April 5, 2018
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The results are reported in regions. East or west Europe, Middle East, Caucasus, Northern Africa, central Africa, South Asia etc. some countries are listed separately such as Britain, Ireland, Italy/Greece, certain African countries, some Northern Europe countries. And then there are separate groups for Native American and other indigenous groups. It cannot tell you if you are Polish or Slovak as the genetics are too similar. I think it was well worth it as I discovered many roots I was unaware of
Rosemary
· November 24, 2015
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In most cases it's impossible to distinguish between the DNA of people from small countries that are close together, where people have traveled freely in the past. E.g. many countries in Europe or in regions of Africa or Asia. There is not a noticeable difference between the DNA of someone with German v. French heritage, for example. A further complication is that ALL autosomal DNA companies use fairly small reference populations to base admixture results on. These small reference groups may not be helpful in teasing out subtle regional differences. In short, we are all more related than you might think!
Ms. Parky
· January 3, 2016
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Just continents and some "regions". For example, I got "Native American" as one of my continents, but it won't even tell me if my ancestors were North or South American. Also, the migration history isn't available for everyone. I didn't get one.
Bill
· March 21, 2018
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I received no countries though my ancestry is aligned mostly to three separate countries; just two broad regions. Some, from what I have seen, faired better and received countries.
Amazon Customer
· May 14, 2019
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They go by regions. Your best bet may be Living DNA, but they're still a work in progress from what I've seen. They do have Great Britain broken down into several areas. I believe their plan is to do the same for other countries. As they get more reference groups, they update your results for no extra charge.
LRo
· December 16, 2017
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You might not get specific countries anyway since countries boundaries have changed over time.
Miss Vi
· August 14, 2017
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Mine sounds very different than man of the responses. Mine was exactly what I expected and got more detailed as I assume more people had dna tested. In addition, it got down to the region of the state in which my parents (and relatives ) were raised. We sent our samples in this year.
Quill & Mat
· July 15, 2019
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