Ancestry Genetic Communities
Yesterday Ancestry rolled out a new feature called "Genetic Communities." I spied on a lot of discussion on Facebook and was immediately wary because there were siblings who were put in different genetic communities and there were people who never came to the US who were put in US communities. It is still in Beta, however. I like what they are attempting to do and am anxious to see where it goes from here.
I understood that Genetic Communities are supposed to help connect me with others, but at first glance I do not see how they help connect me with other lines.
What I do see is that this helps to understand why my ancestors may have traveled from one location to another because it inserts some historical accounting with certain people. I also see these certain earlier ancestors immediately on a map which really allows me to see things I may not have seen before.
I set out to explore my own genetic communities and as I did, I took some screen shots.
links to surnames which were previously available as well. Only one of these names do I recognize on my tree.
There were a few more French timelines to explore.
This is just my first impression of this new feature and I wanted to share. First impressions can be changed as I learn more about the features.