DNA IN SUPPORT OF ANCESTRY

DNA analysis creates many resources to connect and reach back countless years but inevitably, individual tests create a multitude of complex presentations each suggesting over-simplified generic groupings. The science is very accurate but is processed and presented in what is at times simplistic formats and groupings.  Even within a single company, results are “revisited” over several years as their database increases and their local clients seek or expect more plausible answers. There is a promotional bias in the language. By taking several DNA tests across different companies and aligning their results perhaps a clearer picture emerges. A further comparison against a family tree timeline can also help to validate findings; I say help to VALIDATE and not VERIFY.  The two should demonstrate some parallels, timelines, origins and relationships.

 

To make the following statements about who I am, I use the resources of CRI genetics,

Ancestry and My Heritage DNA testing results aligned by past generations on my genealogical family tree. DNA reveals a pattern with scientific accuracy but also has an element of random selection.  DNA inheritance is random and is rarely equal or even.

 

SUMMARY.     In RED Continental. In BLUE regional. In GREEN geographic subsets.

 

Collectively I am 98% European.

 

38% British Isles

Of which 9 parts are English/Anglo Saxon and 91 parts are central Scotland (Fife)  Celtic, (Norse. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, or misnomer- Viking).

 

30% Flemish and Germanic  

Very broadly the area from Dunkirk – Ghent – Cologne – Brandenburg – Leipzig – Warsaw.

 

13% Slavic  

Caucusus

 

9% French (Brittany and subset Norse).

 

4% Italian

 

2% Spanish

 

2% other

2% other 

 

This may seem a very broad catch-all approach, but it is a realistic scenario based on DNA results and proven family lines. The process of dilution of pedigree over a relatively a short time reflects social change over a few generations at a time when politics, commerce and history were changing at great speed.