Interesting how this all played right into what research I’ve been doing for the last 21 (almost 22) years. I didn’t know what to expect, but I can tell you that I am completely thrilled with the results. The test that I took was autosomal
What is an autosomal test?
- Both males and females carry autosomal DNA, which is inherited from both your parents.
- Autosomal DNA is found on a non-sex chromosome. Humans have 22 pairs of autosomal chromosomes and a pair of sex chromosomes (X and Y).
- Linked blocks of DNA across the 22 autosomal chromosomes are matched between two people. The degree of matching yields evidence for the relationship.
- If two people share identical segments of DNA, they may share a recent ancestor.
- The Family Finder test adds to the information provided by Y-chromosome DNA and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) tests. It allows you to trace your other lineages such as your father’s mother’s father and your mother’s father’s mother.
- The Family Finder program determines relationships for up to five generations, but is not as useful in tracing a single surname line.
- To find the genealogical connection with your match, you need to consult traditional genealogy records. These are birth, marriage, and death records. They also include documents like the census.
To learn more about Ancestry.com DNA testing, please refer to their FAQ section here:
And now the results:
50% Great Britain (natives are at 60% so this is strong)
Primarily located in: England, Scotland, Wales
Also found in: Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy
27% Europe West (natives are at 48%)
Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein
Also found in: England, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic
8% Irish (I’m barely Irish lol — natives are at a whopping 95%)
Primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, Scotland
Also found in: France, England
6% Scandinavia (natives are at 84%)
Primarily located in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark
Also found in: Great Britain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, the Baltic States, Finland
They also found trace amounts of:
Italy/Greece (5%; natives are at 72%)
Iberian Peninsula (2%; natives are at 54%)
East Europe (less than 1%; natives are at 83%)
AND West Asia (less than 1%; natives are at 82%)