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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.


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 %.



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