I know I already posted a blog today. But, as I was walking out the door, I got an email from Ancestry that my DNA results were in and I had to check them stat!
If you’ve been a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll likely know that I’ve been working hard on my family tree and tracing my roots. I’ve come across some interesting finds along the way, some of which I have posted, others whose blogs I continue to work on and others which I continue to dig into the past to verify facts.
About DNA Testing:
A genealogical DNA test is a DNA-based test which looks at specific locations of a person’s genome in order to determine ancestral ethnicity and genealogical relationships. AncestryDNA utilizes some of the latest autosomal testing technology to revolutionize the way you discover your family history. This service utilizes advanced DNA science to predict your genetic ethnicity and help you find new family connections. It maps ethnicity going back multiple generations and provides insight
I chose to use AncestryDNA since I already use their services for my family tree. The AncestryDNA test analyzes your entire genome—all 23 pairs of chromosomes—as opposed to only looking at the Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA (which makes other types of tests gender specific). Your autosomal chromosomes carry genetic information from both your parents that’s passed down through the generations.
Genealogical DNA tests do not give information about medical conditions or diseases.
Taking a genealogical DNA test requires the submission of a DNA sample. The process of DNA testing is fairly simple and relatively inexpensive, I paid $129.00. The DNA kit was sent to me via Ancestry, at which time I did a spit test (accumulated my saliva into a tube, to the fill line). Once that was completed, I put everything back into the self-addressed stamped box and mailed it to Ireland for processing.
On May 10 2017, they acknowledged receiving my sample, and that they were sent to the processing lab on June 13 2017.
Today, I was finally notified that my results are in … I have been waiting a little over two months for this! I haven’t looked at the results on my Ancestry.ca account yet. I have a pretty good idea of what to expect because of all of the work I’ve been doing on my family tree lately, but, I’m going to take a gander here and see how close I am when I read the results.
British and French: I know that we have roots dating back the to the 1500/1600’s coming from France and Britain, so I am expecting to see some of those genes appear in the results.
I also know that we have some Scot, Irish and perhaps Nordic blood. The Norman DNA may show up as Scandinavian of some sort. I am assuming this because the line I am tracing at the moment indicates that there was some land purchases made by one of my ancestors from William the Conquerors half brother, and Nord, British mixing was common at the time.
I also know that we are Native American because I have posted on that already.
The percentages and other lines however, that I am unsure – so I am very curious about this.
Ok, let’s see how close I was. And, the results are …. Drum Roll PLEASE …..
My ethnicity estimate shows where my ancestors came from hundreds to thousands of years ago. Ancestry.ca calculates it by comparing my DNA to the DNA of a reference panel of people with deep roots to specific places around the world.
Genetic Communities show where my family probably lived in the past few hundred years. Ancestry created these by identifying groups of AncestryDNA members who are genetically connected to each other.
On ethnicity estimate: Very surprised that it did not pick up an First Nations, since I have lineage to prove it and I have my Algonquin status 🤷🏻♀️
Also, surprised that I am as much Irish and Scandinavian as I am, but at least that tells me I’m on the right path as I’m doing my research. I did see reference of a few of my family members immigrating from Ireland including my great grandfather – so maybe there are a few more?
I’ve found no traces of Italian, Greek, Spanish or Portuguese in my tree as of yet. I’m shocked by the only 9% French, as I have been able to trace my tree to Quebec and then back to France.
On genetic communities: It was bang on! The French settlement in Beauce and Montmorency are accurate with the ‘very likely’ as is the English in Yorkshire – that’s where my Gramma Sally was born before moving to Canada as a WWII War Bride in 1946. My whole on the LEE side is from Yorkshire.
Well this was an interesting little genome experience that I am sure will help on the further discovery of my roots.