AncestryDNA’s Chromosome Painter Feature: A Closer Look into Your Ethnicity Inheritance!
Earlier this week, I noticed a new BETA feature in AncestryDNA, Inheritance Ethnicity Chromosome Painter!
This new genetic genealogy tool, for your ethnicity inheritance, has just come out only after launching their Ethnicity Inheritance SideView feature just a few months ago! You can read more about their SideView DNA tool in, Ancestry’s New SideView Ethnicity Inheritance DNA Feature! Another fantastic genetic genealogy tool and resource, from AncestryDNA, that shows you where your DNA connection to a certain inherited ethnicity lies!
Multiple Ways to View:
You can view ALL your ethnicities from both parents at one time or from just one parent at a time. You can also choose to view a specific ethnicity in the same manner.
At first, I didn’t see a lot of use for it, but when I used it in conjunction with a chromosome browser, it was very useful!
How the DNA Ethnicity Inheritance Chromosome Painter Tool Is Helping Me with a Genealogy Brick Wall:
One of my brick walls is to find where the African ancestry from my mom’s side comes from. The percentage of the ethnicity is small and has changed a bit over the years, with updates, but all 4 companies I had tested with in the past, show this ethnicity in my ancestral DNA. The percentage ranges from 1 percent on Ancestry to 6.3 percent on MyHeritage. Each company also has different regions of Africa in the ethnicity; this is expected, as they are only estimates. Ancestry shows Mali; 23andMe shows Ganaian, Liberian, & Sierra Leonean and Angolon & Congolese; MyHeritage shows North African and Nigerian; and FamilyTreeDNA shows shows West Africa. 23andMe's "Your Ancestry Timeline" feature had once said it most likely comes from a 5th great grandparent, but as we all know, not all of these features are accurate; they are only pulled from the population of matches in their database and are ALWAYS an estimate. 😉
I have researched our matches carefully, and have it narrowed down to one particular line, by taking any and all matches who also have that ancestral ethnicity. I then researched that line carefully but cannot find an ancestral connection. Except for one minor off branch way back in the line, none of our ancestors from that line were slave owners and were all poor farmers. I have been looking into the Melungeon’s as a possibility, as that could be an explanation. Also, if they were a 5th or so great grandparent, as 23andMe shows, that would have been before the slave trade as we know it.
Using AncestryDNA Chromosome Painter in Conjunction With other Genetic Genealogy Tools:
To get the most use out of any of these DNA tools and features, they must be used in conjunction with one another, along with other genealogical methods.
For now, using MyHeritage’s Chromosome Browser — One-to-many, in conjunction with Ancestry’s new Inheritance Ethnicity Chromosome Painter, I am able to narrow it down more, by seeing what chromosomes the ethnicity is on and what matches triangulate on that particular segment of the chromosome! Four of these 6 tester matches from my mom's paternal side, the line that I had narrowed it down to a few years ago, triangulate on the same segment in chromosome 4 (one of the chromosomes that shows African ancestry in AncestryDNA's Chromosome Painter; this just helped to see it in another way and confirm it. 😉
You can also share or ask another of your Ancestry DNA Matches to share their Chromosome Painter results to compare findings, which could help in breaking down some of those brick walls, in conjunction with other genealogy research methods!
I just played around with it a bit, but I’m sure I will find it even more useful as time goes by!
If you’ve done your DNA with Ancestry, then go onto Ancestry and check it out, and have fun!
How to get to Ancestry’s Ethnicity Inheritance Chromosome Painter:
What do you think of this awesome new DNA feature from Ancestry? Does yours seem pretty accurate? How do you find it beneficial? Are you using it in conjunction other DNA tools? Let me know what you think about it after you’ve checked it out, in the comments below!
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Other Ancestry Resources, Features and Tools that May Be of Interest:
Evalogue.Life, Heart of the Family, Molly's Canopy, Climbing My Family Tree, Cami Mayer, Field Genealogist, Ancestor Detective, DNA Breakthroughs, Your DNA Guide, Ancestral Findings, Genealogy Tip of the Day, Family History Daily, Genea-Musings
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