I was surprised just a little with my Ancestry.com DNA test results which came in over the weekend.
Using my third great-grandparents as a point of reference (simply because I’m not going to use my 10th great-grandparents to create the percentages for this post), my genealogical ancestry is approximately:
- 50% Ostfriesen (my maternal side)–which qualifies as Europe West using Ancestry.com terms.
- 12.5% Irish (my great-grandfather Neill)
- 12.5% German (my great-grandfather Trautvetter)–which qualifies as Europe West using Ancestry.com terms.
- 25% not known precisely (my great-grandmothers Neill and Trautvetter who have significant ancestry from Great Britain (at least half) with probably a dash of German thrown into the mix).
Based upon my genealogical tree (and not taking into account migrations), I should have been (roughly):
- at least 12.5% Irish
- at least 62.5% Europe West
- at least 12.5% Great Britian
The “thousands of years ago Ethnicity Estimate” doesn’t really help with my more recent research problems. As we will see in future posts, there were other reasons I had for taking the test.
The 12% Scandinavian surprised me as did the 4% Irish. My speculation is that there is some ancient Scandinavian lineage in my Ostfriesian lines and that my Irish ancestors (half of whom are from Northern Ireland) weren’t really Irish at all when pushed back several generations. I’ve got an idea why my Great Britain percentage is so high as well which we will explore in a future post. Ancient migrations are interesting, but don’t help me solve problems from 1850
I’ve got some more immediate interesting results from my test that we will discuss in a future post.