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Ancient Ancestry Finder From Ancestry.com – A Best Guess at Ancient Origin of Your Y-DNA or mtDNA

Ancestry.com DNA offers a Y-DNA and mtDNA haplogroup predictor – the Ancient Ancestry Finder – based primarily on location of your most distant known paternal or maternal ancestor. From the site:

To give everyone a sampling of these results, with Finder™ we’ve built a simple experience that takes a best guess at describing your ancient ancestors. You answer 2 or 3 questions with the most basic info about your family (facts almost everyone knows). And then we provide a few options for likely ancient ancestral groups, along with descriptions of those groups…The spirit of Finder™ is a bit different from what you may have experienced on our site. It’s part of our effort to introduce ancestry and genealogy to a wider audience.

The results aren’t meant to be accurate, merely a best guess based on location. The guess is the broadest category of the haplogroup, such as “Y-DNA Haplogroup R” or “mtDNA Haplogroup H.” Both of my predictions were accurate. I’m curious to see what the percentage of accuracy is for others, so leave a comment to let me know.

Posted via web from Blaine Bettinger’s Lifestream

Blaine Bettinger

Intellectual property attorney, genealogist, and author of The Genetic Genealogist since 2007

4 Comments

  1. I can’t trace either of my lines beyond the US. The predictor got my paternal haplogroup right as R, probably because my father’s last name is of Welsh origin. But it predicted A on my maternal side. The correct answer is H.

  2. Interesting… My biological surname is Allen. I put my known country of origin, England and they gave me R. bzzzzz.. wrong, Im actually I2a1 (M-26) so its obviously very vague. Hey its free..

  3. My maternal haplogroup H was correct. I don’t know the country of origin. I selected European at the site.

    My paternal line is I with known lineage to Netherlands. It predicted R.

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