Recent research from Oxford University shows a wide range of genetic influences throughout the British Isles, hinting at a long history of invasions and settlement by groups from across the European continent throughout history. Now where have we heard that before?
Oh, that’s right! AncestryDNA™ has seen similar results in the data from our new DNA test. It seems we’re on the same page.
The Oxford study, conducted by Professors Walter Bodmer, Peter Donnelly and their colleagues, was reported by The Telegraph, London’s Sunday Times and other publications. Their study, according to the article, “analysed the differences at 500,000 points in the DNA of 2,000 people” to compose a genetic map of the region.
According to Donnelly, only a couple of groups, namely the Cornish and Welsh, have populations that can be genetically characterized as distinctly British. Most other populations in Great Britain show more recent ties to groups such as the Anglo-Saxon Germans, Danish Vikings, and Scandinavians.
So what does that mean for a family history researcher? DNA continues to be a source of discovery about our past. Since the new AncestryDNA test is able to tap into over 700,000 locations in your DNA it gives you a broader, more vivid image of who your ancestors were. So if you’ve taken the new DNA test, you can expect new scientific findings like these to give you a deeper understanding of your results.
“The people of this region are a real genetic cocktail,” says Donnelly. So, if you hail from the British Isles, don’t be shaken if your genetic ethnicity results are decidedly stirred.
Now to further illustrate this point, here is an example from our own reference database for this specific region. As you can see, even individuals with deep British pedigrees often have some Scandinavian and Central European ancestry.
This pie chart shows the average ancestry estimated for individuals with all four grandparents from England, Ireland, Scotland, or Wales—most of them have great grandparents also from Britain.
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