Once you receive your Family Finder results, you might see that your myOrigins ethnic makeup includes trace percentages. We call these Trace Results.

What are Trace Results?

A Trace Result indicates that you have a very small amount of shared DNA in common with the corresponding reference population. Please note that smaller DNA segments are more likely to be misattributed.

Why do I have a Trace Result?

Although we have, through scientific research, autosomal DNA information for reference populations around the world, our algorithm is unable to assign this one small section of your DNA to a specific reference population for one of the following reasons:

  • Due to the broad scope of genetic diversity among humans, this one section of DNA matches multiple reference populations.
  • Due to the fact that scientists have yet to determine DNA information for all populations and regions of the world, this one section of DNA does not match any reference population.

As more DNA and scientific information is provided in the future, we will be able to enhance our algorithm and determine the geographic regions and genetic populations for Trace Results.