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AncestryDNA results

I decided to do the AncestryDNA test, which is different from most as it claims to do autosomal genes instead of mDNA or Y-chromosome (of course, I couldn't do the latter in any case, being female). It also claimed to cover a shorter time frame than mDNA or haplotype testing, about 1000 years instead of 10,000 or more. This seemed intriguing, so I tried it out. Here were my results:

Scandinavian 48%
West African 25%
Central European 14%
Southern European 10%
Uncertain 3%

I was surprised about the Scandinavian part. Here's what the test results said:

Your genetic ethnicity ties you to Scandinavia, which includes the modern-day nations of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. While the Vikings were feared by the coastal towns of medieval Europe as seaborne raiders and violent pillagers, they were also well-travelled merchants and ambitious explorers. They raided the Mediterranean coast of Africa, settled areas as far south as the Black Sea, and traded with the Byzantine Empire. And it was a Norse sailor, Leif Ericson, who is credited with being the first European to travel to North America—500 years before Columbus.

And it wasn't just the Vikings who had an irrepressible urge for adventure. In the days of the mighty Roman Empire, the Goths, originally from Sweden, wandered south and settled in what is now eastern Germany. In the year 410, they invaded and sacked Rome, setting the stage for the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire.

The rise of the Viking culture spread Scandinavian ancestry far throughout Europe. Their earliest coastal voyages took them to Scotland, northeastern England and established the settlement of Dublin, Ireland. As their power continued to grow, the Vikings spread farther afield, down the Volga River in Russia, to the coast of France and Spain. But perhaps their most famous accomplishments were the oceanic voyages across the Atlantic, establishing villages in Iceland and Greenland and exploring the northern coast of Canada.
There was nothing in any of this regarding Native American ancestry, so my theory that James Ivey was Native is sort of less likely, and gives me a good reason not to have to wade through all those particular James Ivey's at least. I do know of at least one Native American in my ancestry, which may account for the "uncertain" part, as she lived in the 1600's, and that's pretty far back.

(I realized just now that I have never written about her -- she has a very interesting story!)

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pattyloof
Dec. 6th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Genetic Genealogy
The AncestryDNA test doesn't provide haplogroups, it does autosomal markers and matches them to markers found in certain ethnic groups. I'll still have to do a mDNA test to learn my haplogroup I suppose. But the test was interesting.

Edited at 2012-12-06 03:09 pm (UTC)
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pattyloof
Dec. 6th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome. :)
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