Thursday, April 6, 2017

Family Tree DNA myOrigins Ethnicity Update

FTDNA has updated their myOrgins ethnicity estimates for people who have posted autosomal DNA results to their site according to Roberta Estes on her DNAsXplained blog.

Not only are the ethnicity percentages updated, sometimes significantly, but so are the clusters and the user interface.

Because of the new clusters and reference populations, the entire data base has been rerun. In essence, this isn’t just an update, but an entirely new version of myOrigins.

New Population Clusters

The updated version of myOrigins includes 24 reference populations, an increase of 6 from the previous 18 clusters.

The new clusters are:

  • East Central Africa
  • West Africa
  • South Central Africa
Central/South Asian
  • South Central Asia
  • Oceania
  • Central Asia
East Asian
  • Northeast Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Siberia
  • West and Central Europe
  • East Europe
  • Iberia
  • Southeast Europe
  • British Isles
  • Finland
  • Scandinavia
Jewish Diaspora
  • Sephardic Diaspora
  • Ashkenazi Diaspora
Middle Eastern
  • East Middle East
  • West Middle East
  • Asia Minor
  • North Africa
New World
  • North and Central America
  • South and Central America
Note that this grouping divides Native American between North and South America and includes the long-awaited Sephardic cluster.

See the full story on Roberta's blog at