I mentioned in a previous post that I received an AncestryDNA kit for Christmas this past year. The kit was relatively simple to use, just spit in a small tube up to the level of a line, then mix with some sort of a “fixer” that was automatically added when the cap was put in place. After sending it in, waiting for about a month and a half, I got a note that indicated my spit just wasn’t good enough and that I’d need to send another sample in a freely provided second kit. That kit was duly expectorated into, shipped off, and finally, while I was away camping last night with my son, processed and the results placed online.
Now, I’ve got to figure out how best to use the information. According to their analysis, my “Ethnicity Estimate” is approximately:
- 74% Great Britain
- 19% Ireland/Scotland/Wales
- 4% Europe East
- 0% Europe South
- 0% Europe West
- 0% Iberian Peninsula
This is actually a bit of a surprise, but not too far off. I’ve always identified myself as predominantly Irish-German, with a healthy dose of English and a smattering of French. (Before starting my family history journey, I’d never even realized I had French ancestors.) Given movements between the British Isles, as well as between northern France over the centuries, it is no surprise that Great Britain shows up at the top of the list. My German ancestors are probably scattered among the various European regions.
Ancestry hasn’t sorted my connections into their “Family Circles” yet, but I expect that will happen over the next day or so. The first thing I need to do is start grouping and communicating with the various connections Ancestry.com has already found. I see quite a few close relatives already in their database, and I’m excited to see how I’m connected to the people whose names I don’t recognize. I’m also hoping this will prove (or disprove!) some of the more tenuous connections in my family tree. Some pruning of the tree may result.
I’ll also be uploading my data to the Keating Surname Project once I feel a little more comfortable working with the data. I’m also considering GEDMatch.com. The recent arrest of the serial killer from California using data originally provided for genealogical use has brought up some interesting discussion, which I’m still parsing and considering.
Off to play with new tools!