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The New Black 04-20-2013 01:10 PM

Genealogy tests from ancestry.com
 
DNA Tests for Ethnicity & Genealogical DNA testing at AncestryDNA

Ancestry.com is offering DNA tests to determine your full ancestry for $99.

ElizabethFaith 04-20-2013 03:44 PM

I know!!! I bought one, and received my results!!!

The New Black 04-20-2013 04:40 PM

Care to share?

ElizabethFaith 04-20-2013 05:19 PM

Sure! According to my results, I'm 61% West African, 19% Central European, 12% Persian/Turkish/Caucasus, and 8% Unknown. There were a few things that I was disappointed about, though: 1) The way they calculate possible cousins. Most of the people I contacted weren't even related to me; they just had either West African, Central European, and/or Persian/Turkish/Caucasus in their results. I don't find find that very accurate.

2) My 8% Unknown. I was hoping to find proof of my Native American ancestry, but I'm guessing that it must be included in that area.

Overall, I was quite pleased, but it left me even more curious of that 8%! I just tested with 23andMe to get a more in-depth view. It is $99 as well, but it provides health and ancestry results, and bases the list of possible relatives on your DNA.

legends 04-20-2013 06:49 PM

I'm waiting for my results from 23andme--should come in within 2 weeks. At $99 I decided it was a good time to satisfy my curiosity. I plan to convince my parents and sisters--and aunts, uncle, and cousins--to do it to get a broader picture.

The New Black 04-22-2013 07:44 AM

cool!!

claudine19 04-22-2013 05:10 PM

The "unknown" part would bother me. Are there genotypes that haven't been mapped yet?

xcptnl 04-22-2013 05:46 PM

All I could think of when I read this was one of my BFF getting this done for her dog. They came back with some different breeds that were recognizable like collie, etc but there was one that was way out there-she had to look it up. We joked and said I should send in Casey's to see what they say he is.

The New Black 04-22-2013 05:54 PM

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Originally Posted by ElizabethFaith (Post 2156952)
Sure! According to my results, I'm 61% West African, 19% Central European, 12% Persian/Turkish/Caucasus, and 8% Unknown. There were a few things that I was disappointed about, though: 1) The way they calculate possible cousins. Most of the people I contacted weren't even related to me; they just had either West African, Central European, and/or Persian/Turkish/Caucasus in their results. I don't find find that very accurate.

2) My 8% Unknown. I was hoping to find proof of my Native American ancestry, but I'm guessing that it must be included in that area.

Overall, I was quite pleased, but it left me even more curious of that 8%! I just tested with 23andMe to get a more in-depth view. It is $99 as well, but it provides health and ancestry results, and bases the list of possible relatives on your DNA.

How do the results otherwise compare to what you expected?

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Originally Posted by claudine19 (Post 2157711)
The "unknown" part would bother me. Are there genotypes that haven't been mapped yet?

I was wondering why there's an unknown too.

legends 04-22-2013 06:28 PM

Here's what I found on unassigned DNA on 23andme, which I'm assuming is the same as unknown:

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Ancestry Composition has the ability to assign pieces of your DNA at several geographic scales. This is important because DNA varies in where it’s found in the world. One piece of DNA might be found just in, say, Finnish people, so we can with some confidence call this DNA Finnish. Another piece of DNA might be found with some frequency in England, Norway and Germany. Instead of choosing arbitrarily from among these regions, Ancestry Composition will label DNA like that “Nonspecific Northern European."

If a piece of DNA is found all over Europe, like in Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Poland, but not outside Europe, Ancestry Composition will label that DNA “Nonspecific European."

Finally, when Ancestry Composition encounters DNA that is very widespread, like a piece of DNA that’s found in Europe, the Near East, and Asia, it will label that DNA “Unassigned.”

ElizabethFaith 04-22-2013 11:36 PM

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Originally Posted by The New Black (Post 2157728)
How do the results otherwise compare to what you expected?

I expected the European and African results, but the Persian/Turkish/Caucasus part threw me for a loop! I have NO IDEA where that came from!

spiderlashes5000 04-23-2013 08:19 AM

It's cool this is available. I, personally, would not be interested bc I feel I already know all that i need to know about my background. But I imagine this service would be invaluable for a person who was adopted and had no info about her bio-parents...or maybe those ppl who describe themselves as "American mutts" and so forth, who have no idea what they are.

I hope it's accurate, tho.

thelio 04-23-2013 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000 (Post 2157951)
It's cool this is available. I, personally, would not be interested bc I feel I already know all that i need to know about my background. But I imagine this service would be invaluable for a person who was adopted and had no info about her bio-parents...or maybe those ppl who describe themselves as "American mutts" and so forth, who have no idea what they are.

I hope it's accurate, tho.

This! 99$ is crazy cheap. and i wonder what method they use some are more cheaper then others. others are more accurate then others.

The New Black 05-29-2013 02:10 PM

I'm 69% W. African, 21% Central European, 6% Finnish and 4% Uncertain.

Hmmm...

spiderlashes5000 05-29-2013 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by The New Black (Post 2174936)
I'm 69% W. African, 21% Central European, 6% Finnish and 4% Uncertain.

Hmmm...

Does this line up w/ what you had known/heard/believed to be true previously?

curlypearl 05-29-2013 02:30 PM

An anthropologist came to my college and said that my jawline shows I come from mongols. Can you say Attila the Hun?

Very unscientific but I liked it, bloodthirsty that I am. :evil4:

TNB I'm certain that your 4% uncertain is a tres classy gene!

The New Black 05-29-2013 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000 (Post 2174947)
Quote:

Originally Posted by The New Black (Post 2174936)
I'm 69% W. African, 21% Central European, 6% Finnish and 4% Uncertain.

Hmmm...

Does this line up w/ what you had known/heard/believed to be true previously?

No I thought there'd be a little more European - although I don't know where the Finnish came from - and some Native.

curlypearl 05-30-2013 09:24 AM

I know some Finns. Very interesting people. Quirky, hard working, creative, helpful. Of course I am stereotyping here, but whatever.

ElizabethFaith 05-30-2013 11:54 AM

I just got my health results from 23andMe! My Ancestry Composition is next!

Jas76 05-30-2013 12:00 PM

I am dying to do this!!! Unfortunately I have to hold off for now bc of $$. :/

But it's fascinating to read your experiences!!


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