The Preliminary Results
This is the current rendering of my results from both companies as of 2018. The percentages have changed over the years. Some quantities have completely vanished, while other nondescript results such as “Low Confidence” or “Unassigned” regions have been reduced. Of course my dna itself hasn’t been altered to produce these changes, nor has the previous results been errors. Instead, the confidence levels of regions have been refined, and reassigned to new regions. These calibrations are generated by an abundance of new members contributing data. Improvements in technology also attributes to the accuracy of the analysis that define areas which were once considered broad regions.
You will notice a variance of the percentages between the two companies. I tend to think of this similar to the VHS vs. Beta format war. It really does come down to contribution and technology. Another factor is that both companies use different regional algorithms. Over time these discrepancies will dissipate, and will provide participants an in depth analysis of specific regions.
Update as of September 2018: AncestryDNA just made a major update which added 30 more regions. There is still a noticeable difference between the two companies, but it now appears that AncestryDNA results are starting to resemble (and now finally surpass) 23andMe percentages. Although, 23andMe does continue to have broadly less defined regions that should be assigned, their updates have not drastically removed regions as Ancestry has done to the shock of many participants.
23andME tests for 153 populations
East Asian & Native American 22.4%
AncestryDNA tests for 380 regions
Native American 23%
*Note: Ancestry includes a 300 year migration route, as indicated on the above map circled in orange. This represents both North Alabama Settlers and Tennessee River Valley Settlers, by those from Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and West Europe.
[23andMe provides a prehistoric migration route which will be included on the next page.]
This is the extent of what is provided by Ancestry.com for the dna portion of one’s personal results. Ancestry does provide a great deal of information you may review for a better understanding of the science behind your results.
Other services for AncestryDNA:
- DNA Matches (if you opt-in) – This feature connects you with your extended dna familial matches.
- DNA Circle (if opted in) – Allows you to create a family tree that is accessible by the public.
- Personal Discoveries Project (in βeta) – Personal surveys which will provide Ancestry data for future trait reports.
- Spotify – Recently AncestryDNA has added the option to have a Spotify account. I am unsure if this partnership grants customers access to just the basic account or offers premium features. Or even connects to preexisting accounts.
Ancestry also has a very active online community that exchanges helpful information if you wish to explore your family’s public records through their original service plan.