…. and my Results are in!!

It was only a few months ago that AncestryDNA hit Australian shores. FINALLY Aussies would be able to take the test … myself included.

Let me mention straight up that I am a total genealogy DNA newbie. I know incredibly little about the whole DNA side of genealogy, simply because it is something that I haven’t explored yet, as I’m still busy on the paper-trail. However when the opportunity came for me to take an AncestryDNA test, which is an ethnicity test, I thought this should be an easy enough one to start off with. One that I could get my head around.

it arrived!

it arrived!

So the box arrived, and the instructions seemed simple enough: activate an account on the AncestryDNA website, spit in the tube, seal it, and post it off to Ancestry … then sit back and wait for the results, this can take anything from 6-8 weeks, so be patient.

what comes in the kit

what comes in the kit

Then the email arrived. “Your AncestryDNA results are in, see my results”.

the results are in ...

the results are in …


So the moment of truth. What does my DNA say about my ethic origins?

and my results ...

and my results …

Actually, no big surprises.

I’m made up of mostly English origins, with a bit of Irish and Scandinavian thrown in. Though why the list Finland separate from Scandinavia I don’t know.

Great Britain 58%
Ireland 15%
Scandinavia 14%
Finland/Northwest Russia 7%
Trace Regions 6%
– Europe East 3%
– European Jewish 1%
– Iberian Peninsula < 1%
– Europe West < 1%

Have you thought about doing a DNA test to check your origins? If you’re interested you, can find out more about AncestryDNA and buying a kit here.

6 Responses to “…. and my Results are in!!”

  1. Sharon says:

    I have been thinking about it for some time now. I want to prove/disprove a rumoured aboriginal connection but I am not yet sure if the test will do this?

    • Helen Smith says:

      Currently the Ancestry test is not known to distinguish Aboriginality. The ethnicity estimates are quite dependent on the other people within the database and you can get varying estimate results testing between the three companies. Is the reputed ethnicity on the male or female line as you would be potentially be better off looking at other tests if you can get teh right people to test.

  2. Alan Phillips says:

    Finland is sometimes considered part of Scandinavia geographically, though ethnically it is different.

  3. Sharom says:

    Mine arrived too, I downloaded the raw data then upped it to FTDNA and gedmatch then I spent all of yesterday playing with them and comparing results between companies and test algorithms. Then I contacted ‘cousins’ *fingers crossed*

  4. Pauleen says:

    DNA results are a whole other level of genealogical confusion 😉 Have fun!

  5. Glenice Gare says:

    Good on you, Alona!
    Great to know just a little bit more, who you really are

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