More Details on Ethnicity Sharing in the New Population Finder!

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The new Population Finder is just a few weeks away!  Personally, I’m most excited [...]

How many autosomal SNPs does the Population Finder tool use?

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Population Finder uses about 295K out of 710K of the autosomal DNA SNPs (Single [...]

Why have my Population Finder results changed?

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Your results have changed because we have updated the Family Tree DNA world population [...]

How many ancestral populations does the Population Finder tool show?

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Based on your genetics, the Population Finder BETA tool assigns your sample to Continental [...]

Does the Population Finder tool use non-autosomal DNA results?

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No, only your autosomal DNA results from the Family Finder microarray chip are used. [...]

How do you decide how many populations to show?

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During the matching process, the program calculates the number of Continental and Subcontinental groups [...]

How can I tell which side of my family (mother or father) a population match comes from?

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It is not possible to tell how much of each region you match is [...]

How does Population Finder determine the percentages of different ancestries?

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The Population Finder BETA tool finds the amounts of different ancestries that make up your [...]

Does the program use other customers’ data in comparisons?

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No, data from other customers is not used. The data for the Population Finder [...]

How many generations in the past do Population Finder results reflect?

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Population Finder results are your personal genetic ancestry that reflects the last 100 to [...]

Can the Population Finder tool determine the specific country from which my ancestors originated?

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No, strict political boundaries (ancient or current) do not set variance in human genetics. [...]

Does the Population Finder program use DNA segments the way Family Finder does? Does it use individual SNPs?

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The Population Finder program compares each autosomal DNA Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) individually. It [...]

Can I use the Population Finder tool to prove a family tradition? That is, will Population Finder tell me if I’m Jewish, Native America, etc.?

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The Population Finder BETA tool will often be able to detect ancestry from groups [...]

In the Population Finder program’s analysis, are there any regions or populations that are particularly hard to tell apart?

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How difficult it is to tell apart two populations depends on whether or not [...]

What does it mean if the Margin of Error is very high?

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A high Margin of Error means that you match two or more sets (pairs, [...]

What is the Margin of Error? How is it determined?

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The Population Finder BETA program locates several possible sets of populations that match your [...]

I have a family tradition of Native American ancestry. Is the Population Finder tool able to detect it?

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The Population Finder BETA program can detect a significant Native American contribution to your [...]

This test says that I have some ancestry from a specific region. I know that all of my ancestors were from a different population(s). Could the Population Finder be wrong? Is it not working?

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Human history (and anthropology) is more complex than the bounds of a single country [...]

I would like to prove a family tradition. How many generations in the past can the Population Finder detect?

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The Population Finder BETA tool can detect small traces of genetic ancestry as low [...]

All of my genealogy comes from Europe. Why do my Population Finder results include Africa?

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If you have a known European genealogy and partial genetic ancestry from Africa, it [...]