Ancestry Expands its DNA Reference Panel Updating its AncestryDNA Ethnicity Estimates #dna

Jan Meisels Allen



Ancestry has announced that they are updating their DNA  ethnicity estimates. This means over the next few months you may receive an updated ethnicity estimate.


In the new update they divided Native-American-Andean and Native American- North, Central, South into 11 smaller regions. So if you were in one of these larger regions your new estimate may have more precise regions. There are other areas that may be similarly affected.

You may also find some ethnicity areas are reduced because with the larger number of ethnic areas, some of yours may have moved to a neighboring area.  For example, some people with ancestors from southern Italy will lose their small amount of Turkey/Armenia and possibly gain a bit of Near East instead. 


An example of the greater breakout:

Eastern Europe & Russia

  • Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland & Lithuania
    • Czech Republic
    • Lesser Poland
    • Lithuania
    • Malopolska & Swietokrzyskie
    • Małopolska & the Tatras
    • Mazovia & Lodz
    • Pomerania

To see a list of AncestryDNA regions see:


To read the blog post see:


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and I am sharing this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee