Quick Tip – Genetic Groups at MyHeritage

MyHeritage introduced Genetic Groups, a new way to predict your ethnicity. I manage four Dutch kits from people from four different parts of the Netherlands, and they’re all spot on.

For my own kit, it predicts three genetic groups with high confidence:

  • Netherlands (Gelderland and Overijssel)
  • Netherlands (North Brabant) and Belgium (Antwerpen)
  • Netherlands (South Holland, North Holland, Gelderland and Utrecht).

This is consistent with my tree: my father’s ancestors are from Gelderland and my mother’s ancestors are mostly from North Brabant, with a few from Zeeland, North and South Holland, and Antwerp. I’m impressed!

For the Dutch kits I manage, the Genetic Groups much more accurately reflect the known ancestry than the general ethnicity predictions, which often include large percentages of Scandinavian, English, and Irish, and even smaller amounts of Middle-Eastern or Jewish DNA, for which there is no other evidence.

How to get these genetic group predictions

If you have taken an autosomal test elsewhere, like at Ancestry, 23andMe, or FamilyTreeDNA, you can upload to MyHeritage for free. If you don’t subscribe to MyHeritage, there is a fee to unlock some of the advanced tools.

For information how other companies predict my ethnicity, see What Dutch DNA Looks Like – 2020 edition. I will write another update to that post in a year or so, when more companies have updated their algorithms.

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, MLitt, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer in the Netherlands. She has a Master of Letters in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, and holds the Certification of Genealogist and Qualified Genealogist credentials. Yvette served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and won excellence awards for her articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Yvette has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands and its former colonies, including New Netherland. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Kaniel Outis says

    Amsterdam became the Sephardic cultural capital in the sixteenth century. There was also a large Ashkenazi community in Amsterdam. It’s not surprising that Dutch people could score Jewish genetic groups on a MyHeritage test.

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