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I think I mentioned that daughter no. 4, her daughter, Anah, and I had sent off DNA samples for testing. We used ancestry.com because I have an established tree there which allows me to find far away cousins. Since the results came in my time has been consumed by research and making connections. What fun! I, love it!

Erin's results were as we expected: Britain, Wales, Ireland, England and some Northeastern European which probably enters on her father's side as comhis people came to the USA from Germany. Anah's genes could be a mirror image of the African Diaspora. Many different regions showed up, most on Africa's "Gold" and "Ivory" Coastsm the hotbed of the slave trade. It would appear that maybe her father was correct in saying that his ancestors came from Trinidad/Tobago; as Anah has a 1% Andean Native American showing up. And Trinidad/Tobago lies off the coast of South America. Who knows? We can't know, but we can have fun thinking about it. I was able to substantiate her direct paternal line yesterday, but only back to 1872. A couple of grandfathers back the family was living in Mississippi, most likely as slaves.

I was surprised and I have to say delighted my DNA registered a wee 1% from the Cameroon, Congo and Southern Bantu peoples. My mother, bred and born in the South is rolling over in her grave at that. I am enjoying it immensely. Thought I'd find Native American, but African instead. Also, did not expect to see Norway and want to see if I can follow that twig back and find some more info. A Viking heritage, how interesting.

Here's how it all shakes out:

84% Great Britain and Northwestern Europe
8% Norway
7% Ireland and Scotland
1% Cameroon, Congo, and Southern Bantu Peoples

Most of my online time is currently spent obsessively researching DNA circles, and learning how DNA passes down to us. The process is seriously interesting and challenging to understand.

So that's what's going on at Shady Grove Farm

I am grateful that Fall is coming.


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Sep. 25th, 2018 03:39 pm (UTC)
Did your DNA results on ancestry recently update drastically? Both mine and my parents did and they seem to not jive with one another
Sep. 25th, 2018 04:09 pm (UTC)
I think the update came about just as mine was being processed so there have been no changes. I suppose that it is possible that the update could show differences in your and your parents, but I am far from understanding how DNA actually presents. Are the differences HUGE?
Sep. 25th, 2018 04:35 pm (UTC)
They don't make sense when it comes to the changes. Pardon the clutter:
My Old
Europe West - 59%
Ireland/Scotland/Wales - 13%
Europe East - 12%
Great Britain - 10%
Iberian Peninsula - 5%
Scandinavia - 1%

My Updated
England, Wales & Northwestern Europe – 39%
Germanic Europe – 28%
Ireland and Scotland – 14%
Eastern Europe and Russia – 12%
Sweden – 5%
Baltic States – 2%

Dad Old
Great Britain – 50%
Europe West – 31%
Ireland/Scotland/Wales – 13%
Iberian Peninsula – 5%
Europe East – 1%

Dad Updated
England, Wales & Northwestern Europe – 74%
Ireland and Scotland – 26%

Mom Old
Europe East – 50%
Great Britain – 18%
Europe West – 18%
Scandinavia – 8%
Ireland/Scotland/Wales – 3%
Iberian Peninsula – 2%
Africa North - <1%
Europe South - <1%

Mom Updated
Eastern Europe and Russia – 50%
Germanic Europe – 48%
Baltic States – 2%
Sep. 25th, 2018 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ok so they dumped Iberian Peninsula on all of us but they didn't swap it with anything particularly close to that region? Also, I was refined to a full 5% specifically of "Sweden" but they dumped Scandinavia from Mom altogether? So where's my Swedish chunk come from now?

Also, they removed the whole Great Britain and Ireland/Scotland/Wales from Mom's tree but a DNA connection and I have trees with clear lines to the UK.
Sep. 25th, 2018 05:11 pm (UTC)
Definitely weird.
Sep. 25th, 2018 05:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, did you get a pop up from ancestry today asking if you want to participate in a survey about messaging? I gave my phone number and if they call me, I'll get a $25 amazon gift card. You may want to visit the site to see if you get the same offer.
Sep. 25th, 2018 07:22 pm (UTC)
Didn't get the pop up, darn.
Sep. 25th, 2018 07:21 pm (UTC)
Certainly makes me wonder about the validity of the data snd shows me I need to be studying more about how DNA is passed around.

Edited at 2018-09-25 07:21 pm (UTC)
Sep. 25th, 2018 05:10 pm (UTC)
I agree it doesn't make sense. Some results seem compressed and others expanded, like broken down into smaller %.
Sep. 25th, 2018 08:18 pm (UTC)
Each of the DNA companies bases their ethnicity estimates on a reference group of their users. They divide up parts of the world differently, too. That is why one should take the ethnicity results with a large grain of salt.

For example, Family Tree DNA distinguishes between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish DNA, while Ancestry tends to identify Sephardic Jewish ancestry as Italian.

If you want to use DNA for cousin hunting, I suggest uploading your raw DNA to GEDMatch and similar services, so you can search among people who have tested with different companies.
Sep. 25th, 2018 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info. I'll probably never take it farther, would rather spend $$ on other things, but having fun with the info I got.
Sep. 25th, 2018 10:01 pm (UTC)
GEDMatch and DNA land (and probably others) are free.
Sep. 27th, 2018 02:03 pm (UTC)
That is good to know. Thanks again. I have uploaded it to DNA Land, may try the other one as well.

Edited at 2018-09-27 02:41 pm (UTC)
Sep. 25th, 2018 11:49 pm (UTC)
Wow, you have such varied ancestry! I wouldn't expect anything African in you.

My own descent is probably much more boring, although one never knows what ethnic drama may lurk in any family's distant past here in the Balkans.

Sep. 27th, 2018 02:03 pm (UTC)
The African was a big surprise, but after, all my mother came from the South and my father's family were slave owners. I'll probably never find the source, but it is super interesting.

I think we are all more mixed than we realize.
Sep. 27th, 2018 01:46 pm (UTC)
This is so flipping cool. I want to try this now!
Sep. 27th, 2018 01:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, do it ! So very interesting, really has me interested in the tangled mystery of my family history.
Sep. 28th, 2018 02:37 am (UTC)
I think I will! Although I'm almost afraid to *lol*...
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