Yesterday I posted about my Ancestry.com DNA test results. I included the following screen capture of my DNA pie chart:
I get a pretty map.
I have a private family tree at Ancestry.com. That means that I can see it, but others cannot. In my DNA results, there is a world map and my ancestors' birthplaces are tagged on that map. That way I can see where my ancestors are in terms of the color-coded pie slice regions. It's a pretty map, but it doesn't tell me anything new since I'm the one who put all the information in the tree anyway.
I get a brief lesson on ethnicity.
There are a few paragraphs on how ethnicity is determined and its accuracy.
I get information on my ethnic pie slices.
I have four different colored pie slices, so there are options to read about each one. There is information on history, migrations and current countries. There is no commentary for my big "uncertain" pie slice.
I get potential matches. Lots and lots of them.
Ancestry.com DNA provides potential cousin matches based on the test results of others. They are loosely grouped by relationship range, but you can filter and edit the set any way you want. If a potential match has a public family tree on Ancestry.com, you are able to view that. There is an option to contact a potential match.
Ancestry.com also provides an estimated relationship level, so I can see who might be my 3rd cousin, 4th cousin, etc. This is not a perfect tool, just an estimation. One person listed as a potential 4th cousin to me is actually a 2nd cousin once-removed.
I took the Ancestry.com DNA test for my own curiosity, so I'm not compelled or motivated to review it here. Hopefully I've provided enough details to answer some questions. The best parts of the test are the pretty pie chart and the potential cousin matches. It's just nice to know you're connected to others out there on the big blue planet.