About the DNA Tribes Global Population Database

DNA Tribes® analysis identifies the peoples and places where your geographical genetic ancestry is most strongly represented. DNA Tribes is the only personal genetic analysis that compares your genetic profile to a population database that includes over 560,000 individuals from 1,200+ populations around the world, including 950+ indigenous populations:

Please click each continent for a listing of the populations currently in our database




We regularly update our Global Population Database. Please check this page for update news.

A Detailed Analysis of World Genetic Regions

Your DNA Tribes® report also includes a unique high resolution World Region Match analysis that measures your genetic connections to major world regions. Each region represents a group of related populations identified by DNA Tribes® original analysis of world genetic structure.


World Region Map Analysis DNA Tribes

European and Near Eastern Regions:

  • Aegean: The Aegean Islands, Sardinia, Italian Peninsula, and Lower Danube River.

  • Arabian: The Arabian Peninsula.

  • Iberian: The Iberian Peninsula, Pyrenees Mountains, and Balearic Islands.

  • Levantine: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean.

  • Mesopotamian: Anatolia, the Caucasus Mountains, and nearby parts of Western Asia.

  • North African: Berber and Arabic speaking populations of the Atlas Mountains and Sahara.

  • Northwest European: The British Isles, Scandinavia, and continental Western Europe.

  • Slavic-Baltic: Slavic, Baltic, and Uralic speaking populations of Central and Eastern Europe.

Native American Regions:

  • Amazonian: Amazonian: Native cultures of the Amazon River Basin.

  • Andean: Peoples of the Western South America, including the territories of the historical Inca Empire.

  • Arctic: Native Alaskan (Inuit and Yupik) and Greenlandic populations.

  • North Amerindian: Salishan, Athabaskan, Siouan, and Algonquian speaking cultures of North America.

  • Desert Southwest: Seri, Athabaskan, and Uto-Aztecan speaking cultures of Oasisamerica, including the Southwestern United States and Western Mexico.

  • Gran Chaco: Peoples of the Gran Chaco (“Great Hunting Land”) of South America.

  • Mesoamerican: Bribri, Mayan, Mixe-Zoque, Oto-Manguean, Purepecha, Totonacan, and Uto-Aztecan speaking populations of Mexico and Central America.

  • Modern Populations of Mixed Native American Ancestry: The mixture of Native American ancestry with other ancestry (such as European or African) is expressed in match scores for Metis-Mestizo genetic grouping (not shown). This mixture is most typical of modern Latin America Mestizo (“mixed”) cultures that have emerged since the period of European Colonialism, but can also be found in English and French speaking (Metis) populations of North America.

A New Genetic Map of Interconnected World Regions:

More information about the affiliations of populations around the world revealed by DNA Tribes® analysis is available here in our detailed global survey.

Sub-Saharan African Regions:

  • African Great Lakes: The Great Lakes region surrounding the Great Rift Valley in eastern Africa.

  • Horn of Africa: The eastern African lands along the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden that face the Arabian Peninsula.

  • Sahelian: Populations near Lake Chad and the semi-arid Sahel, home to Sahelian societies that emerged along Trans-Saharan trade routes linking West Africa with the Mediterranean and Near East.

  • Southern African: Khoisan and Bantu speaking populations of Southern Africa.

  • Tropical West African: A large region including parts of West Africa facing the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Bantu speaking cultures of Southeastern Africa.

Central and South Asian Regions:

  • Eastern India: The eastern Indian Subcontinent.

  • Indus Valley: The Northern Indian Subcontinent and Southern Central Asia, including homelands of the Bronze Age Indus Valley (Harappan) and Oxus (Bactria-Margiana) Civilizations.

  • Siberian: Indigenous cultures of Siberia, including Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic speaking populations living between the Altai Mountains and Lena River.

  • South India: The southern Indian Subcontinent, including the Dravidian speaking peoples of Tamil Nadu and many other cultures.

East Asian Regions:

  • Japanese: The Japanese Archipelago.

  • Malay Archipelago: Island Southeast Asia, Thailand, and Cambodia.

  • Southeast Asian: Peoples of Southeast Asia, including peoples of Thailand, Vietnam, and neighboring countries, as well as ethnic groups of southern China.

  • Tibetan: The region including the Himalayan Mountains and the Tibetan Plateau and extends to the western provinces of modern China.

  • Yellow River: Han speaking populations of present day China, as well as Koreans and other ethnic groups living near the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers of classical East Asian civilization.

Pacific Regions:

  • Australian: Aboriginal peoples of Australia and Papua New Guinea.

  • Polynesian: Literally meaning “many islands,” this region includes linguistically related populations living in a vast area of the Pacific Ocean encompassing Samoa and New Zealand in the west to Hawaii in the east.
DNA Tribes Europa map
More about Europe:For information on DNA Tribes® Europa the most detailed and complete comparison to European genetic sub-regions,click here.