myOrigins is a feature of our Family Finder test. This feature provides you with a percentile breakdown of the populations to which your autosomal DNA is connected. We refer to this as your ethnic makeup.

You can access myOrigins from your dashboard or from your navigation bar.

To access from your dashboard:

  1. Sign in to your kit.
  2. On your dashboard, locate the Family Finder widget.
  3. On the myFamilyTree widget, click the myOrigins button.

To access from your navigation bar:

  1. Sign in to your kit.
  2. On the navigation bar at the top of the page, go to myDNA > Family Finder > myOrigins.

Origins Sidebar 

The Origins sidebar displays information about your ethnic makeup and the origins you share with your Family Finder matches.

Your ethnic makeup is composed of Overarching Populations categorized by Contintental Regions. Each Overarching Population is then broken down even further into what we call 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 myOrigins tab displays the percentile breakdown of your ethnic makeup by Overarching Population. These percentages are farther broken down for your Population Clusters within each population.

The Shared Origins tab lists your Family Finder matches their relation to you. From here, you can view the origins that you share with a match.

myOrigins Map

The myOrigins Map is an interactive page that displays your Population Clusters as color-coded regions.

You can click on a color-coded region on the map to view its description in the sidebar.

How to

You can view your Population Cluster descriptions from the sidebar and from the map.

To view a description of a Population Cluster from the sidebar: 

  1. On the myOrigins tab, click the Population Cluster for which you want to see the description.
    The description is displayed on the sidebar.

To view a description of a Population Cluster from the map: 

  1. On the myOrigins map, click the color-coded area for which you want to see the description.
    The description is displayed on the sidebar.

To scroll through your Population Cluster descriptions:

  1. On the myOrigins tab, click a Population Cluster.
    OR
    On the myOrigins map, click the color-coded area.
    The description for the selected cluster or area is displayed on the sidebar.
  2. On the image at the top of the description that is shown, click on either arrow to scroll through your descriptions.

To navigate back to your myOrigins tab: 

  1. Click the back arrow () located at the upper-left corner of the sidebar.

The Shared Origins tab allows you to compare the origins you share with Family Finder matches.

For more information about Family Finder relationships, click here.

To compare Shared Origins:

  1. On the sidebar, select the Shared Origins tab.
  2. On the Shared Origins tab, select the match whose origins you want to view.
    The Population Clusters that you and your match share are displayed in a new window.

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.