Welcome to myOrigins!

myOrigins is the updated version of Family Tree DNA’s Population Finder. It allows you to see your ethnic makeup and is included with every Family Finder test.

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How to Access myOrigins

To access myOrigins:

  1. Sign in to your myFTDNA account.
  2. On the menu bar, click myFTDNA >  MyDNA > Family Finder myOrigins.

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myOrigins Page Basics

The myOrigins page is an interactive map that displays your genetic population clusters. Each cluster represents one of your genetic populations. Your clusters range in color from dark to light. The darker the cluster the more dominant your genetic population and vice versa.

To move the map around: place your cursor on the map, press and hold down the left mouse button, and drag the map.

To zoom in and out, click the + and - buttons on the lower-right corner of the page.

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Zoom in and out Buttons

To return to your myFTDNA account page, click Back to myFTDNA on the upper-right corner of the page.

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Back to myFTDNA

 

Ethnic Makeup

Your ethnic makeup is displayed in the upper-left corner of the page. This window lists the percentage of each of your genetic populations by top level geographic regions.

To expand a geographic region and display your primary population clusters for that region, click the + next to the geographic region.

To minimize this window, click - in the upper-right corner (to the right of your name).

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To move this window around, place your cursor on the window, press and hold down the left mouse button, and drag the window.

Shared Origins and My Ancestral History

The Shared Origins and My Ancestral History window is displayed in the lower-left corner of the page.

To minimize this window: click - in the upper-right corner.

To display My Ancestral History: click on the My Ancestral History tab.

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Sample Shared Origins and My Ancestral History Window

 

To move this window around: place your cursor on the window, press and hold down the left mouse button, and drag the window.

Shared Origins

The Shared Origins tab lists your Family Finder matches and the percentage of their genetic populations by top level geographic region.

To filter your matches by relation: click on the drop-down list at the top, and select the type of relation by which you want to filter matches.

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Shared Origins Drop-Down List

To search for matches by name: click the magnifying glass icon (SharedOriginsMagGlass_07152015), and enter a name in the search box. Click on the magnifying glass icon a second time to return to the relations drop-down list.

You can also click the column headers to sort your matches in ascending or descending order for each column.

My Ancestral History

By default, the My Ancestral History tab displays a brief introduction about myOrigins genealogy. To display information about one of your population clusters: click on the population cluster on the map, or click on the primary population cluster in the genetic populations window.

Earliest Known Ancestor Data

Another feature of myOrigins allows you to view the locations of your Family Finder matches’ reported earliest known paternal and maternal ancestors.

To display the location of your matches’ earliest known fpaternal ancestors: In the lower-right corner of the myOrigins page, click the orange pin. Orange pins are displayed on the map to specify the location of your matches’ earliest known paternal ancestors

To display the location of your matches’ earliest known maternal ancestors: In the lower-right corner of the myOrigins page, click the green pin. Green pins are displayed on the map to specify the location of your matches’ earliest known maternal ancestors.

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Orange and Green Pins with Matches’ Earliest Known Ancestors Displayed