AncestryDNA Chromosome Painter Segments Tool Illustration

AncestryDNA Chromosome Painter Segments

This tool converts your AncestryDNA 'Chromosome Painter' segments into chromosome, start and stop points that you can use in your chromosome map. In order to use it you need to have taken an AncestryDNA test and received the results.
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  • At AncestryDNA, visit your 'DNA Story' page.
    • On the right-hand side under Ethnicity Estimate you'll see a section called Ethnicity Inheritance. Within this section you'll see Chromosome painter. Click on this to view your AncestryDNA Chromosome Painter page.
  • Press CTRL-A (Command-A on a Mac) to select all the text on the page, and then CTRL-C (Command-C on a Mac) to copy it to your computer's clipboard
  • Come back to this page, click into the 'Paste here' box above and press CTRL-V (Command-V on a Mac) to paste the contents of the clipboard
  • As soon as you paste, the tool will calculate the chromosome, start and stop positions. You can download them as a CSV and/or create a DNA Painter chromosome map with them.
  • You can also import the downloaded file into any existing DNA Painter chromosome map via the 'import segment data' tool.
  • More detailed instructions with screenshots in the blog post
  • At AncestryDNA you can specify which parent is maternal and which is paternal. If you don't do this, they will just come through as 'Parent 1' and 'Parent 2'
  • If you use data without maternal and paternal specified in this tool and you click 'Create new chromosome map', the site will treat Parent 1 as paternal and parent 2 as maternal.
  • Please remember that AncestryDNA's chromosome painter is a new beta feature and the separation between parents may not always be completely accurate.
  • Make sure you have opened and copied the AncestryDNA Chromosome Painter page in a browser that is not Firefox
  • After clicking CTRL/Command-A to select all, make sure you have clicked CTRL/Command-C to copy this data into your clipboard before pasting into the 'Paste here' field
  • Be sure to paste directly into the 'Paste here' field - don't paste into a text editor first since this will strip out the information needed to make the map!