I've seen people discussing things like "I'm English but I have a bunch of Polish matches" with regard to DNA genealogy.

How exactly do you go about finding the ethnicity of your matches?

By emailing them only, looking at surnames, looking at family trees, etc.?

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    Hi Milena, welcome to G&FH SE. Is it possible to include a reference to an example of the discussion you're referring to? It's not really clear from your example whether they're referring to the nationality or ethnicity of the tester.
    – Harry V.
    Jul 27, 2017 at 14:59
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    The answer to your question will be different depending on which DNA testing company the speaker is talking about.
    – Jan Murphy
    Jun 28, 2018 at 20:48
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    MyHeritage DNA allows you to see the ethnicity estimates of your matches. I show an example in my blog post today about their new filtering features. beholdgenealogy.com/blog/?p=2630
    – lkessler
    Jun 29, 2018 at 4:59

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To see how I find out the ethnicity estimate for one of my matches at AncestryDNA try the following steps from its front page:

  1. Click on the DNA tab at the top
  2. Click View All DNA Matches
  3. Click the name of one of your matches
  4. Click on the Ethnicity tab

You should see an estimate of your and their ethnicity compared:

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