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testing has revolutionized family research. There are privacy
issues with these tests however, after consideration, I
decided to go ahead. In August 2017 I took the Ancestry DNA
test. Simply spit into the test tube, post it back and await
results. The results consist of an ethnicity estimate and a
list of other Ancestry clients who match. I prepared for
unexpected results. There were some small but no large
surprises. It mostly confirms the research I have to
date. Family members I knew topped the list and others below
are relatives, some of who I know through my research. Beyond
that several people appeared the family did no know, and I
noticed some branches not appearing at all. Fairly normal I
Many more distant connections seem to go back to the Irish and
Scottish diasporas, generations before reliable records can be
Later, curiosity saw me testing with 23andMe and
FamilyTreeDNA. My understanding is these two companies, along
with Ancestry, have most of the market. Each company has
different and evolving client bases and ethnicity algorithms,
thus the variations. The FamilyTreeDNA test included Y-DNA and
September 2018 Ancestry refined their calculations.
Thus the revised estimate.
Packing away my Yarmulke and Viking helmet.
Some more fine tuning.
More fine tuning.
A little less Irish and a little more Scots.
Ethnicity Summary 2021
ethnicity results 2021
(Love the hint of ancient Egypt)
All GG Grandparents emigrated to Australia from
the UK or Ireland in the 1800s.
Dorset, England **Y-DNA Ancestor
or Galway, Ireland
Elmham, Norfolk, England
Elmham, Norfolk, England
Ross,Scotland **mtDNA Ancestor
So nine Irish(57%), five
English(31%) and two Scots(12%) ancestors
Autosomal DNA tests cover all family relationships in the
not too distant past.
Ancestry provide the maps above and identifies close matches (if
the person so desires)
I have made some progress in pushing the tree back a generation
My Haplogroup is R-M269
My paternal line goes back to Thomas Andrews from
Dorset, England in the 1700s.
"...This is a very common European haplogroup that came out of
Africa about 50,000 years ago.
It moved through the Middle East and Central Asia to Europe in
the last 10-20 thousand years...."
No useful information on my specific tree has been found.
My Haplogroup is H15a1
My maternal line leads back to Esther McKay Ross from
Rossshire in the Scottish highlands
"...Mitochondrial haplogroup H is a predominantly European
haplogroup that originated outside of Europe
before the last glacial maximum (LGM). It first expanded
in the northern Near East
and southern Caucasus between 33,000 and 26,000 years ago,
and later migrations from Iberia
suggest it reached Europe before the LGM. It has also
spread to Siberia and Inner Asia.
Today, about 40% of all mitochondrial lineages in Europe
are classified as haplogroup H...."
Interesting but nothing added to my tree.
Links to Wikipedia
history of Europe
immigration to Great Britain