myOrigins Version 3.0 was released on September 22, 2020. Most customers have received their updated results.

To see if you’ve received your myOrigins 3.0 results, go to your myOrigins page:

  • On the Origins sidebar (on the left of the page), Version 3 is displayed in the heading when your results have been updated.
  • If your kit displays Version 2, your results will be ready soon. In the “updates” section (upper-left corner) of your dashboard, you will see a note that states when your Version 3 results will be ready. You will also receive an email once your results are updated.

For more information about myOrigins 3.0, see our myOrigins Walk-through topic.

To see a list of the myOrigins Version 2.o Population Clusters, click here.


 

Who are you?

That’s a question with many possible answers. You are the sum of a lifetime of experiences. You are the result of the choices you have made. You are the result of truths your parents instilled in you. You are the outcome of values drawn from your culture.

From a genetic perspective, however, you are the outcome of a long process of genealogical fusion. A man and a woman coming together, one of the millions on a vast constellation which explodes out across the earth and coalesces back to a few ancient progenitors.

The personal tree of life continues through you.

How can you summarize the shape of this tree and all of its branches? There is no one way.

myOrigins attempts to reduce the wild complexity of your genealogy to the major historical-genetic themes that arc through the life of our species since its emergence 100,000 years ago on the plains of Africa. Each of our 90 Population clusters describes a vivid and critical color on the palette from which history has drawn the brushstrokes that form the complexity that is your own genome. Though we are all different and distinct, we are also drawn from the same fundamental elements.

The explanatory narratives that are displayed for each of your Population Clusters on your myOrigins page attempt to shed some detailed light upon each of the threads that we have highlighted in your genetic code. Though the discrete elements are common to all humans, the weight you give to each element is unique to you. Therefore, each individual receives a narrative fabric tailored to their own personal history, a story stitched together from bits of DNA.

Continental Regions, Overarching Populations, and Population Clusters

On your myOrigins Version 3.0 page, your Population Clusters are grouped by Overarching Populations per Continental Region, and your results will be displayed in a hierarchical structure as follows:

  • Continental Region – The main region of the world in which one or more populations are located.
    • Overarching Population – The region in which one or more Population Clusters are found. An Overarching Population may also illustrate a relatedness among the Population Clusters found in this region.
      Please note that for certain populations the name of the Overarching Population might match the name of the Continental Region.
      • Population Cluster – A FamilyTreeDNA reference population to which a user matches. A Population Cluster can be one specific group or a few related but separate groups of people.

The following are examples of the myOrigins hierarchical structure.

In this example:

  • Middle East = Continental Region
    • North Africa = Overarching Population
      • Maghreb & Eqypt = Population Cluster
In this example:

  • Americas = Continental Region
    • Americas = Overarching Population
      • Amerincian – Andes & Caribbean = Population Cluster
      • Amerincian – Central & South Mexico = Population Cluster
In this example:

  • Africa = Continental Region
    • East Africa = Overarching Population
      • Western Lake Victoria Basin = Population Cluster
    • West Africa = Overarching Population
      • Liberia & Ivory Coast = Population Cluster
    • Horn of Africa = Overarching Population
      • Eritrea, Northern Ethiopia & Somalia = Population Cluster

 

The following lists our Overarching Populations for each Continental Region.  You can click on an Overarching Population to view a complete list of Population Clusters for that population.

Africa

Central Africa contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Atlantic Equatorial Africa
  • Northern Congo Basin
  • Southern Congo Basin

East Africa contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Eastern Lake Victoria Basin
  • Western Lake Victoria Basin

Eastern Sahel contains the following Population Clusters:

  • East African Savannah
  • Nile River Basin

Horn of Africa contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Eritrea, Northern Ethiopia & Somalia
  • Southern Ethiopia

Rainforest Forager contains the following Population Clusters:

  • African Rainforest Forager (East)
  • African Rainforest Forager (West)
  • African Rainforest Forager (North)

San contains the following Population Cluster:

  • San Forager

South Africa contains the following Population Cluster:

  • Southern Africa

West Africa contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Ghana, Togo & Benin
  • Guinea & Sierra Leone
  • Liberia & Ivory Coast
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal, Gambia & Guinea-Bissau

Americas

Americas contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Amerindian – Amazon
  • Amerindian – Andes & Caribbean
  • Amerindian – Argentina & Chile
  • Amerindian – Central & South Mexico
  • Amerindian – Central America
  • Amerindian – North America
  • Amerindian – North Mexico
  • Amerindian – Yucatan Peninsula

Arctic

Arctic contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Inuit
  • Northeastern Siberia

Asia

Central Asia contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Mongolia
  • Southern Siberia

Central Siberia contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Central & Eastern Siberia
  • Taimyr Peninsula
  • Yakut

Indian Subcontinent contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Eastern India
  • Northern India
  • Southern India
  • Western India

Island Southeast Asia contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Malaysia & Western Indonesia
  • Northern Borneo
  • Philippine Lowlands
  • South Wallacea Islands
  • Southern Borneo

Kalash contains the following Population Cluster:

  • Kalash

Myanmar contains the following Population Cluster:

  • Myanmar

Northeast Asia contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Japan
  • Korean Peninsula
  • Northern Han

Philippine Indigenous contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Philippine Austronesian
  • Philippine Melanesian

Southeast Asia contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia
  • Southern Han
  • Thailand and Southern China
  • Yao

West Central Asia contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Afghanistan & Northern Pakistan
  • Indus Valley

Western Siberia contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Northwestern Siberia
  • Western Siberian Plains

Europe

Baltic contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Baltic

Eastern Europe contains the following Population Clusters:

  • East Slavic
  • Magyar
  • West Slavic

European Jewish contains the following Population Cluster:

  • Ashkenazi Jewish

Finnish contains the following Population Cluster:

  • Finland

Southern Europe contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Basque
  • Greece & Balkans
  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Italian Peninsula
  • Malta & Sicily
  • Sardinia

Western Europe contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Central Europe
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • Scandinavia

Middle East

Arabia contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Arabian Peninsula
  • Yemenite Jewish

Caucasus contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Eastern Caucasus
  • Northern Caucasus
  • Southern Caucasus

Middle East contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Druze
  • Mesopotamia & Anatolia
  • Northern Levant
  • Sephardic Jewish
  • Southern Levant

Middle East Jewish contains the following Population Cluster:

  • Mizrahi Jewish

North Africa contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Bedouin
  • Maghreb & Egypt

Oceanic

Polynesian contains the following Population Cluster:

  • Polynesia

Sahul contains the following Population Clusters:

  • Melanesia
  • Sahul