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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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fauxklore
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.
rosegardenfae
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.
fauxklore
Sep. 25th, 2018 10:01 pm (UTC)
GEDMatch and DNA land (and probably others) are free.
rosegardenfae
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)

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