Friday, October 18, 2013

AncestryDNA = some known + some suprises

Initial AncestryDNA Results
Updated AncestryDNA Results

This morning there was quite a bit of chatter about Ancestry's new DNA results. Twitter, Facebook and Google+ were alive with folks comparing their new profiles.

I have to admit not being savvy when it comes to DNA and genealogy. In fact, I have shied away from this branch of family history.

What I hope to do with this blog post is state facts to the best of my ability. Mainly to share information with family members. I hope they too will find this process interesting.

The regions of Europe East and Great Britain seemed pretty consistent with family data. The rest of the information has me a little puzzled, but intrigued.

Here we go with the new results.

Europe East - 62% - Primarily located in: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 - Known heritage - Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Bohemia.

Great Britain - 18% - Primarily located in: England, Scotland, Wales.

 - A little murky heritage - Have not been able to track Wakefield ancestry to correct county in Great Britain.

Scandinavia - 10% - Primarily found in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark.

 - Now is where things get a wee bit interesting. There has never been a hint!

Not that my youngest son would mind hearing this news. Jared has claimed to be a Viking since childhood. He would like to name his children Loki and Ragnar! Maybe Jared knew more about his family history than his momma!

While chatting about Scandinavian DNA this morning a friend offered a possible answer. Those rascally Vikings setting out to conquer all in their wake could be a reason for this outcome. She suggested I read "Scandinavian migration to the United Kingdom" on Wikipedia.

Europe West - 3% - Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein.

 - Known heritage - Germany.

Iberian Peninsula - Primarily found in: Spain, Portugal. May also be found in: France, Morocco, Algeria, Italy.

 - No known ancestry.

Ireland - 2% - Primarily found in: Ireland, Wales, Scotland.

 - Known heritage - Ireland.

Italy/Greece - < 1% - Primarily found in: Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia. Also found in: France, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia, Romania, Turkey, Slovenia, Algeria, Tunisia.

 - Known heritage - Could Austria fit this category?

Near East - < 1% - Primarily located in: Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Lebanon, Israel. Also found in: Iran, Pakistan.
 - No known ancestry.
As you see some results fit known family history. Others present new pieces of the puzzle. In the end the basic number remains, seems we are overwhelmingly European.
Never know, this information may help unlock stubborn doors. Anyone with ideas, input and information ... please feel free to comment.

Off to hunt down the unknowns!


  1. Deb,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Thanks, Jana! Much appreciated. Have a grand weekend too!