I had my autosomal DNA testing done at Ancestry.com. Here are my results:
52% British Isles
43% Central European
5% uncertain [at least part of this will be Native American]
This matches my genealogical research perfectly. I transferred my results to FTDNA and these are the results I got back:
86.53% ± 3.94% Western European (British Isles)
13.47% ± 3.94% Middle East
Something isn’t quite right. The Ancestry.com results pretty much match my research. The FTDNA results don’t. At this point I am not sure what to think. FTDNA’s population finder is still in Beta so maybe my numbers will change. In the FTDNA FAQ it says that Middle Eastern could be European around the Mediterranean but even if I converted the 13.47% to central Europe (all of which is not on the Mediterranean) the numbers still don’t jive. Ancestry.com announced that they are updating things on their end and soon their percentages could change a bit. I am also looking forward to FTDNA updating their algorhythms. Maybe one day my numbers will match. Time will tell!
My next DNA adventure will be mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The kit is on the way to me. This will be really interesting because on my mother’s side 100% of my line is in central Europe for as far back as I have been able to research (early 1700s). I talked with a genealogist friend of mine in Germany to ask her how many people are getting DNA testing done over there and she told me only a very few are. She said that genealogy is still “an old man’s hobby” over there.
Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis