Back in April, FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) finally updated their myOrigins. This was initially set to roll out shortly after November 2015’s 11th Annual International Conference on Genetic Genealogy held in Houston, Texas.
FTDNA started off with Population Finder, which was replaced by myOrigins in May of 2014. With Population Finder, they had an Oceania (Papuan, Melanesian) category. When they switched to myOrigins, they removed the Oceania category. Since Polynesians are about 75% Southeast Asian and 25% Melanesian (Oceania), Polynesians would show up as just Southeast Asian.
They increased their population clusters so now they have a total of 24. I believe prior to this newer version there were about 18 of them. While a lot of people have reported how “off” these results are, focusing on just the Polynesian genome, I notice that there is a consistency to have about 3% – 9% Northeast Asian along with the predominantly nearly 75% Southeast Asian.
These are the different versions. FTDNA seems to be ever increasing the amount of European that I have for whatever reason. I usually range between 8% – 12% at various DNA companies.
Below is a breakdown of what other Polynesians have been getting with the new version of myOrigins.
For now it seems that the new version of myOrigins are giving a lot of people many trace regions. While I did not include them in the image above, I have been seeing this for eastern Polynesians so far. Maybe in the future there will be an update that could refine these trace regions so that it appears less for everyone.