Wednesday, July 13, 2022

My AncestryDNA Ethnicity Inheritance Results

My Ancestry DNA results were updated recently. This update included a new interesting feature called Ethnicity Inheritance. This feature "estimates which regions" I inherited from my father and my mother.1 Initially, the inheritances were labeled Parent 1 and Parent 2. I was able to edit those labels to Maternal and Paternal. In my case, it was pretty easy to see that Parent 2 was my father, Jan Albert Iverson, because the ethnicity regions for Parent 2 only came from Sweden and Norway.

My father's maternal grandparents, Carl Albert Gillberg and Maria Hilda Carlsson were immigrants from Sweden. My father's paternal grandparents, Christopher Iverson and  Anna Christopherson, were children of Norwegian immigrants.

The rest of my ethnicities come from my mother, Maria Elizabeth Webster, who was born in Brazil. From her I inherited ethnicities from Portugal, Sweden & Denmark, England & Northwestern Europe, Indigenous Americas--Mexico, Indigenous Americas--Yucatan Peninsula, Wales, Spain, Senegal, Basque, Northern Africa, and Northern Italy.

My mother's mother, Sarah Vasques Madeira, was born in Brazil and was mostly of Portuguese ancestry. My mother's father, Debs Warren Webster, was also born in Brazil. Debs' father, Frederick Emory Webster, was born in Ohio, USA, and Debs' mother, Esther Matus Villatoro, was born in Arriaga, Chiapas, Mexico.

Here is my ethnicity inheritance from both of my parents.

Sadly, both of my parents have passed away. I sure do miss them. My dad never took a DNA test, but my mom did take one before she passed away.

I am the manager of my mom's Ancestry account and have been able to access her DNA ethnicity inheritance results. I have been able to differentiate between Parent 1 and Parent 2 in my mom's results based on the known ethnicities of her father and mother. I will share those results in a future post and compare them with mine.

Have you been able to differentiate between Parent 1 and Parent 2 in your Ancestry DNA ethnicity inheritance results?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana Last

1 ”Ethnicity Inheritance,” Ancestry Support ( : accessed 13 July 2022).


  1. I had not looked at this feature until I read your post. Really interesting. It is difficult for me to be sure which is parent 1 and 2 as they are so close. I have a suspicion, but really only a guess. There are a couple of countries named with this new version that were not singled out in my results previously.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Kathy. I can understand why it could be difficult to differentiate between parent 1 and 2 in certain situations. Thanks again for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  2. Very interesting! I went to check out mine and had to laugh. Because Ancestry doesn't break down the European Jewish by country and because I am 100% European Jewish, my ethnicity inheritance was 50% European Jewish from each parent. Duh! :)

    1. Thanks for your comment, Amy. Do you know if Ancestry plans to break down the European Jewish ancestry by country in the future? Thanks again for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  3. Quite interesting update on your background! No big updates on mine or my husband's DNA, but maybe soon...

    1. Thanks for your comment, Marian. Hopefully you will get your updates soon. Thanks again for stopping by and leaving a comment!




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