What’s in the DNA: Update

After several weeks of waiting, dear husband and I received the results of our AncestryDNA tests. There were a few interesting finds, but by in large it revealed what we thought it would.

My ancestry is primarily Great Britain (primarily England, Scotland, Wales) at 73%, which I expected based on the majority of my family history research. I also have 22% Scandinavian (primarily Sweden, Norway, Denmark) which came as a bit of a surprise. I have not located any ancestors from this region, although I still have missing families on my mother’s side yet to be researched.

The remaining 5% of my ethnicity was surprising as it was made up of European Jewish, Ireland, and Western Europe. I confess, I really thought I would have more Irish and European (rather than Scandinavian) given some of my findings in my family history research, but knowing that DNA recombinations are random, and many of my ancestors with French origins are so far back, we may not share any DNA in common.

Beth’s Ethnicity

Additionally, the majority of my Irish roots I have been able to find are actually Scotch-Irish, which is most likely reflected in the 73% Great Britian ethnicity rather than the 2% full Irish ancestry. I think my favorite finding is my 2% European Jewish ancestry. Shalom, y’all! My best friend is Jewish so I was particularly excited to share this finding with her, although I have no idea of its origins.

Husband’s ancestry was a mix of predictable and minor surprises as well. His ethnicity was made up of 63% Western European, 17% Ireland, and 6% Great Britain. I am particularly jealous of the 17% Irish! The remaining 13% of his ethnicity was made up of Iberian Peninsula, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Italy/Greece and Northwest Russia. He even had a small trace (<1%) of Middle East (primarily located in Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Lebanon, Israel).

Husband's Estimate
Husband’s Estimate

While this was an autosomal DNA test, and not a Y-DNA test, I find that these results may also corroborate the story of Ernest L. Wylie  being adopted.  Had he been the biological child of James and Jessie Wylie, both Scottish immigrants, I believe that husband’s results for Great Britain would have been a higher percentage given they are only three generations removed.

One of the best parts of the testing results are the connections you can make with other Ancestry members who share both common DNA and ancestors tied to your tree. I have already communicated with several 4th cousins on several different lines.  One even gave me some additional information on a story I recently found on my Goodwin line.  This may be an especially helpful feature if you are looking for documentation for a lineage society.  Some cousin may have documentation that you need and never knew existed. I am hoping that may be the case for me!

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  1. Since the ethnicity estimates are based on reference populations it can be difficult to conclude anything about a particular line from these estimates. They also vary quite considerably depending on which company you test with. As you say, the best part of the testing results comes from the matches you have and contacts you can make through these.

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