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  • Troutman
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    • Aug 2017
    • 7198






    Anyone Done The Ancestry DNA Thing?

    I was at least 75-80% sure I knew my background, both grandfathers were Scandinavian, as was one grandmother with the other one German. That pretty much is what I got back as a result. After doing the Ancestry DNA test it was interesting to see the rest but not too surprising. I'm a typical American mut from Northern European roots.

    Anyone had any surprises after having done your test?

    33% Swedish
    25% Danish
    23% German
    19% Norwegian/Finnish/Russian/Irish (in that descending order)

    So you wanna mess with this old man....bring it on !!!!

  • Huskee
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    Never dunnit myself. Been told I'm 1/16th Cherokee, followed by Irish & German...but with a last name rooted in France. Would be interesting to see if that's all correct.


    • Troutman
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      So does that mean you and Elizabeth Warren are related??

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Troutman Had to look her up, I don't follow politics, I make it a point not to. I dunno, if I was would it be good or bad? Nevermind, don't answer that.
  • ofelles
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    • Jun 2018
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    I don't know.................looking at your icon, all stretched out. And that viking, ready to climb down my throat.
    I just don't know...............connected?


    • HawkerXP
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      Not really one who is afraid of Big Brother but not going to voluntarily give out my DNA. Born in NJ. Live in VA. That's all anyone needs to know.


      • pkadare
        pkadare commented
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        I'm with you HawkerXP! Working in the cybersecurity industry I do have some concerns about what these DNA companies will do with my data, but my bigger concern is them not securing said data correctly and it getting hacked.

      • richinlbrg
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        I recall reading some time ago that one of these services were selling the information to the gov’t. Never bothered to verify the info.
    • mrteddyprincess
      Club Member
      • Sep 2018
      • 342

      78% Scotland, 14% Scandinavian. My white ancestors raped my white ancestors. My wife's analysis came back 79% Scotland and 13% Scandinavian. I think I married my cousin.


      • Steve R.
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      • Elton's BBQ
        Elton's BBQ commented
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        You might be a victim/result of viking berzek raids...

      • Troutman
        Troutman commented
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        You're funny. Does that mean you might be your own Grandpa?
    • ComfortablyNumb
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      • May 2017
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      I'm told my original ancestors were from just east of Eden. After that it all gets sketchy.


      • Willy
        Charter Member
        • Apr 2015
        • 1801
        • High Desert of the Great Southwest

        I did it--found some Brit in me that wasn't expected, plus perhaps <1% Ashkenazi Jew--damned if I'm buying a yarmulke or giving up pork--LOL Otherwise it showed Scandinavian and N. European (Germanic) as expected. It DID identify several people who were likely to be direct family (parent or offspring, sibling) and/or a first/second cousin. All were spot-on, my sister, my daughter, and a first cousin. I was impressed. A bunch of 3rd/4th cousins (and beyond) were listed, but I know of none of 'em. My folks didn't keep in touch with extended family. We wuz loners who struck out from the ancestral homeland of N. Dakota for the wild and woolly West.

        I recommend folks check out Ancestry DNA.

        I have no intention of doing 23 & Me in order to research my possible susceptibility to diseases that might be genetically based. Somethings are, IMO, better left unknown.

        Edited to add: Just checked and my ethnicity estimates have changed some, I assume because the data base is growing. I'm now thought to be:

        45% Norwegian
        34% Swedish
        14% Germanic
        7% England/Wales

        Looks like I've lost the Jewish component-BLT here I come!

        BTW, as far as the people who emigrated from Europe to the US, we "know", by citizenship, that half were German, one-quarter were Swede and one-quarter were Norwegian. There was a lot of fluidity in northern Europe for many centuries, hence my DNA doesn't square with the citizenship countries from whence my ancestors (I think great or great-great grandparents departed in the late 1800s.
        Last edited by Willy; July 26, 2019, 08:20 AM.


        • Elton's BBQ
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          45% Norseman!
      • Potkettleblack
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        • Jun 2016
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        I don't think of myself as a tinfoil hatter, but Ancestry takes a full DNA profile, same as 23nMe. That could theoretically be used by an employer or an insurer against your interest.

        My more tinfoil hat concerns are about having all of your ancestry documented, then finding yourself as part of an out group, and then having a government pull that registry. Or a foreign government hack it and out you to bigoted bully boys. I fully acknowledge that this is far fetched, but combined with the Gattaca Concern (above), I feel like all temptation I have to get it is extinguished by concerns, both far fetched and fairly real looking.


        • Michael Brinton
          Michael Brinton commented
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          I've heard it discribe as ancestral astrology. You cough up your data and a non-historian tells you how related you are to other people that gave theirs.

        • Troutman
          Troutman commented
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          Ahh you weenie, you're no fun

        • Michael Brinton
          Michael Brinton commented
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          I can't help it. My mom found out she's part Swedish and her twin sister found out she's part Italian. They both changed their meatball recipes accordingly.
          Last edited by Michael Brinton; July 25, 2019, 03:51 PM.
      • Pequod
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        My daughter did one. Confirmed things we knew — she’s mostly of Dutch descent — and contradicted her grandfather, who claimed to be part Native American...no hint of that.

        As long as we’re sidebarring with our tin foil hats, I don’t worry about government conspiracies nearly as much as I worry about government incompetence. I was part of the massive OPM breach a few years back. Now whenever the government asks for my information, I tell them to ask China since they coughed all of my information up to them in the first place.


        • stratfordwill
          stratfordwill commented
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          DNA tests on females do not carry data on male ancestry, I believe. Grandpa may still have been telling the truth.
      • fzxdoc
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        I agree with HawkerXP and Potkettleblack ; so much of our personal information has been hacked or pilfered over the years. The idea that I would willingly give up this last bastion of personal information to an unsecured (I'm guessing here--after all the fed govt and Equifax were supposed to be secure sites) website is appalling to me. The additional fact that the release of such information may not only affect myself but potentially my offspring as well is even more concerning.

        So much for me to give for so little in return, IMO.

        But then as we always say here, to each her/his own.



        • FireMan
          Charter Member
          • Jul 2015
          • 7620
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          Nah! Mainly cuz I don’t give a rip!
          81% no rip
          11% to cheap
          8% nobody else cares.
          Last edited by FireMan; July 25, 2019, 02:10 PM.


          • Huskee
            Huskee commented
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            +14% Huskee can't add
        • JimLinebarger
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            About me
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            Nick name: Bear
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            Born at a very young age at Egland AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

            USAF vet, ECM (F4 &amp; B52)/B52 Crew Chief, Computer Systems NCO, disabled
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          England, Wales & Northwestern Europe 58%
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          Sweden 10%
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          Most likely came from the Alsace Lorraine (France) area and Sweden prior to 1735. Looks like we have been this side of the pond since 1735.


          • T-bone
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              You can take the boy out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the boy.

            I had the same tin foil hat reservations that some have expressed, but I'm also in the same boat as Pequod and thanks to OPM all my stuff is in a Chinese database so I threw caution to the wind and did the DNA eval with Ancestry.

            Part of my reasoning was that I was adopted at birth and didn't know my heritage. So Ancestry did provide the breakdown and I discovered I was primarily of Italian decent. I guess that explains why I love visiting Italy, eating Italian food and drinking wine.

            However, that wasn't the most interesting piece. The Ancestry report also stated it had a 99% match for my birth mother that I knew nothing about and had never tried to find. That was an unexpected shocker. After a lot of soul searching, I decided to reach out to see if it was by birth mother. A long story short, it was my birth mother and we're in the begining stages of learning about each other.

            So until Big Brother uses my DNA against me, Ancestry has been a positive experience.


            • ComfortablyNumb
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              Good on you, hope it all goes well.

            • Pequod
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            • Willy
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              My experience is they do a bang up job of IDing close kin! Good on ya for finding your Mom!
          • mountainsmoker
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            I fortunately have had the benefit of my parents tracing there backgrounds back. Most have gone back to the town's where they left Europe. On my Father's side I am Belgium, and on my mother's side I am German.


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