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    Quote Originally Posted by Baltimore1937 View Post
    Hester may have been Quaker. A female Hester married a Linville. Green is my maternal granddad that goes back to colonial Maryland. He fought in the Civil War. Carpenter as an inlaw-type connection, a down stream line of which could possibly connect to Joe Scarborough of "Morning Joe renown" (Mississippi connection).
    A Quaker in the family would be very cool! I went through a phase where I thought the Quaker faith was quite fascinating, and I read every Harmony novel by the author Philip Gulley, the reputed voice of small-town America. I still expect to find more Appalachian moonshine hillbillies on at least one side of the family tree than Quakers, however! Apparently, a related sect, the Shakers, are almost an endangered species as there are only 3 living members in Maine.

    I received an email update from AncestryDNA after completing their survey on the new feature. They are promising more to come! Very exciting for those of us like Baltimore1937 who have British surnames like Green and Carpenter in our family tree, among the top 20 most common in Britain.
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    Well, well, they are indeed adding communities AND they picked up my early NY Palatine ancestry:
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    Can't wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by drouhin View Post
    Well, well, they are indeed adding communities AND they picked up my early NY Palatine ancestry:
    Hooray! Very glad to see that Ancestry.com is foraging ahead with this experimental feature. It's also interesting to see their efforts in finding more micro-regional ethnicities such as the Palatine Germans in your results.

    In the interim, I feel sorry for The Living DNA co. in trying to assign my regional ethnicities in Britain or elsewhere. I've just discovered that another ancestor that I was certain was from England, or at least somewhere in Britain, was probably from the Europe continent. Seeing Ancestry.com's spin on common immigrant groups in Colonial America makes it easier, IMO, to prove or disprove more difficult ancestries such as common or easily mis-spelled surnames.

    P.S. Can't help but note the irony of the 'Land of Diversity and Tolerance' comment in regard to the Dutch in light of recent immigration news in USA. Much has changed in 200+ years, i.e. no longer just western Europe & Scandinavian settlers or Protestant vs. Catholic, etc., so the matter is quite a bit more complicated in today's world.
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    I feel the same way, AnnieD -- enthusiastic. It's an interesting feature in itself but also a helpful tool for the genealogist. They indicate which of your matches is also in the community, very helpful for me in identifying lines to focus on when looking for most recent common ancestors. They also list surnames associated with the community, useful when scanning pedigrees of matches. Size of community is interesting: around 45,000 for Settlers of Southeastern NY, meaning it includes around 1.5% of Ancestry's 3,000,000+ database of individuals.

    More screenshots:
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    @Annie, I'm curious: what size is the "Settlers of the North Carolina Foothills & Northwest South Carolina" community? Did they find associated surnames for this community too? With what confidence level are they assigning you to the community?

    The more I play with this feature, the more I see its possibilities. I believe "Genetic Communities" would be of tremendous interest to adoptees. While I'm not an adoptee, I understand the interest in finding a connection with a place and a culture that adoptees with unknown ancestry must feel even more intensely. "Genetic Communities" is delivering exactly what we and they may be looking for: showing you your connection with peoples and places of the recent past. Judging by Annie's and my experiences, it's doing that accurately. We both have documented roots in these communities. I'm impressed.

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    I received the preview today and it correctly picked up that my maternal family are Northern Irish.
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    Nice! Can you tell us more about your connection? For instance, the confidence level assigned to your membership in the community, the size of the community, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drouhin View Post
    Nice! Can you tell us more about your connection? For instance, the confidence level assigned to your membership in the community, the size of the community, etc.
    Here are some more screenshots...


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    Also, if you pick one of the communities time period stories, it will show you migration patterns...
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