23andMe’s ancestry service is the most comprehensive on the market with more than 1,000 regions, including detailed breakdown by region, particularly for customers of European Ancestry, as well as ancestry from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

What Can if You Have European Ancestry?

23andMe breaks down European Ancestry into four populations — Northwestern European, Southern European, Eastern European, or broadly European.

Within each of these populations, 23andMe’s Ancestry Compsotion tool will pinpoint dozens of additional regions, giving you a granular look at your genetic ancestry.

Ancestry in Detail

Beyond helping you pinpoint where your DNA traces too, 23andMe has created rich content to help you explore the cultural roots of your genetic ancestry.

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Discover more about what your DNA says about you at 23andMe. Below are some blog posts about the genetics around European ancestry.


What is “French & German” Ancestry?

February 06, 2020
Dig a little deeper into French & German ancestry with these five short stories about the genetic history of Western Europe, from the Celts to Charlemagne.
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Asthma in African American Children

May 26, 2016
Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH Asthma can start with simple tightness in the chest, but end in an epic battle to breathe.So whether you are black or white, Asian or...
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No, I’m Not Irish

January 27, 2015
Many people wrongly assume that 23andMe Population Geneticist Kasia Byrc must be Irish because of her red hair, she explains the genetics.
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23andMe Makes More Improvements to Ancestry Features

November 19, 2013
23andMe’s popular Ancestry Composition just got a little better. The feature estimates what percentage of your DNA comes from populations around the world, breaking down the Asian, African or European...
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Mother Europe

May 08, 2013
The story of H is really the story of people in modern Europe. H refers to a maternal lineage – also known as a maternal haplogroup – that originated long...
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What European DNA Can Say About Ancestry, Disease Risk, and Cultural Traits

October 21, 2011
Even in the tight geographic confines of Europe there is enough genetic variation that 23andMe researchers can use it to determine differences in European ancestry, and traits that might cluster to that ancestry.
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SNPwatch: More Progress in the Search for Genetic Variants Linked to Childhood Asthma

January 25, 2010
Researchers have identified another region of the genome associated with childhood asthma, a condition that affects more than seven million American kids. Analysis of DNA from about 1,700 children with...
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SNPwatch: Piecing Together The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Puzzle

November 20, 2009
Inflammatory  bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic autoimmune disorder — encompassing both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis —  that affects more than a million people in the United States. Normally,...
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A Different Kind of Gene Mapping: Comparing Genetic and Geographic Structure in Europe

August 13, 2008
By Chris Gignoux and Mike MacphersonIt should be no surprise that in general, we are more genetically similar to our neighbors than to people living far away. The reason is...
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Researchers Find Genetic Variants That May Influence the Risk For Obesity

July 06, 2008
European researchers have identified variations in the PCSK1 gene that could influence obesity risk in both adults and children. The results, published online in Nature Genetics, are based on data...
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