Recently I took the Ancestry.com DNA test, mostly because it was on sale and I was curious about the differences from my FamilyTree DNA test. Here's the easy pie chart breakdown of my results:
The Scandinavian Thing
My family tree research is relatively recent given the amount of time people have walked on the planet. So far I have not encountered a single Scandinavian hint of anything in my genealogy research. However, I know how far back history goes in that area, so I'm not surprised I have it. I am surprised at the 33% though. I just don't know where it comes from.
I suspect the big blue slice in my results comes from my dad's side of the family. I looked at another person's close DNA match (second cousins once removed) on my mom's side. That guy's results show no Scandinavian anything whatsoever. So barring a non-paternal event, the Scandinavian thing probably doesn't come from my maternal grandfather. My maternal grandmother is also not likely. I'll explain that later.
My paternal grandfather is all German and Luxembourger so far. That leaves my paternal grandmother as the prime suspect. More on that below.
The British Isles thing
I have my Williamsons, Cloyds, Scotts and Joneses in America in the 1700's. I haven't crossed the pond with most of them yet, but the literature out there says they came from the British Isles. This is my paternal grandmother's side of the tree.
More reading is necessary, but I'm guessing my British Isles ancestors have Scandinavian history and the two are tied together on the same lines.
I'll have to look at my French ancestors, too, since they lived on the Atlantic coast and could have easily come from the British Isles at some point.
I am 59% Scandinavian and British Isles
This is surprising only because all of my European research so far has focused elsewhere. Though they all came from somewhere, so maybe this is it.
The Eastern European thing
I also have these results in my FamilyTree DNA test, just not as high as 17%. This is all my maternal grandmother's side...I think. Her mom was born in Austria and I've traced the family to Hungary. I think the line goes further east and I wouldn't be surprised if there was a little Jewish history in there.
The Central European thing
I am surprised it is so low. Based on the research I'm doing and the places it's taking me, it feels like many of my ancestors were from this area. Instead, it's the lowest identified group.
Is 10% "uncertain" high?
I did a quick look over my closest matches, and I didn't see anyone over 10%. Most were 1-6% uncertain. What's in my blood?
How I will proceed.
At the very moment, I won't do much. There is one definite match at the second cousin level, but it looks like he has the same information as I do. I'm currently working on fortifying my database, pulling info off of my private Ancestry tree and putting it in RootsMagic. All neat and tidy with sources, citations and such. I want to get that done before I do more digging.
Final thought on this DNA test
I might be Scandinavian, but you'll never get me to try lutefisk.
[Update: someone asked about the "See Full Results" button in the photo and what exactly that entails. I've answered the question here. --A]