Ethnicity is Just an Estimate – Yes, Really! — DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

Lots of people will have received DNA tests as gifts over the holidays. This pleases me to no end, because I know I’ll match any number of them and maybe, just maybe, those matches will help me fill in those pesky blanks in my tree or break down brick walls. However, for the most part,…

via Ethnicity is Just an Estimate – Yes, Really! — DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

Just a note: LivingDNA is doing some matching. Out of three kits I transferred to them, two have limited matches and the third doesn’t yet. The oldest test, uploaded over a year ago, is the one with no matches and hasn’t completed as of a few minutes ago. Of the other two, both uploaded August 1st, one has completed and has two matches. The other hasn’t completed and has three matches. Interestingly, one of the matches for both kits that have matches is the kit I uploaded since I uploaded my v3 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and FTDNA kits to see how they would compare to each other. I check every day or two on the off-chance, they will complete the two kits that aren’t complete and/or give more matches.

I think their biggest problem is underestimating how fast their staff could add matching as they originally talked like matching would be done by early November and it’s nowhere near complete. Maybe somebody at the top is being overly cautious or demanding, but it’s hurting the company since they aren’t doing much matching.

I don’t have an account with FindMyPast, but it would be interesting to see if FindMyPast has DNA matching since they use LivingDNA to process their kits.

I like how Roberta makes the point about why ethnicity is misleading. If you want a good example, try YouTube: whichever video you want, but History of Europe – 6013 years in 3 minutes: shows how much borders and populations have changed over the years. That’s generally true of other areas of the world as well. Even insular groups like the Basques have been known to intermingle with non-Basques over time. Even Jews have been known to marry non-Jews. An ex-sister-in-law fell in love with a Jewish guy. In his branch of Judaism, the mother has to be Jewish for the children to be considered Jewish so his parents gave her a choice: convert to Judaism or don’t marry their son. She converted to Judaism. While this is known to those familiar with the story, it’s possible in a couple of generations this story will get lost. For those familiar with mtDNA, it’s passed mother to children, but only daughters pass it on. She has one daughter who may have daughters at some point. Since she wasn’t born Jewish, she is very unlikely to have a Jewish mtDNA haplogroup. Imagine the surprise in five or six generations where a direct matrilineal descendant of hers gets DNA tested and doesn’t have a Jewish mtDNA haplogroup if the story of her conversion has been lost over the generations. Same for the descendants who expect a much larger percentage of Jewish DNA than they get since this ancestor is a converted Jew and not an ethnic Jew.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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