Comments on: Already taken the AncestryDNA test? Here are 4 reasons to test other family members. The official blog of Ancestry Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:21:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Michele Bundy Michele Bundy Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:46:50 +0000 Reason #5

When you start testing other relatives, you might discover something is off like I did. My 96 year old Grandma was busted. She finally admitted to my 71 year old Dad, the man he thought was his Dad, was infact not his Biological Father.

The shock has still not worn off. I don’t know what my name should have been. My Family tree name is not even correct, let alone all of the ancestors.

We have ordered a 111 marker Y-DNA test from Family Tree to see if we can come up with a surname.

Just when I thought my tree was quite large, I find I have to tear it down and start again.

Fun Times.

By: Linda Price Linda Price Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:39:23 +0000 I keep searching for an answer for this question and can’t find it. Maybe someone writing here can answer it. If both my half brother and I took the DNA test, should we show up on each other’s results? Thanks.

By: Jane Miller Jane Miller Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:06:58 +0000 I agree with the previous comment. What good are the questions everyone is asking without the answers?

By: Rita Snyder Rita Snyder Sun, 09 Mar 2014 06:29:50 +0000 I see all the questions, but there’s no answers from Ancestry, so what’s the point of reading what others are asking.

By: Carla Carla Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:50:50 +0000 I took the DNA test since I am a big fan of genealogy shows by Dr. Louis Gates on PBS. My mother is white and claims some Cherokee blood. My dad is Tex-Mex. His mother claims Spanish blood and no Indian blood, and his father is unknown. My DNA results showed I am 75% European (33% Great Britain, 13% Scandinavian, 13% Italy/Greece, 10% Iberian Peninsula, 3% Ireland, etc.), 21% West Asia (17% Near East, 4% Caucuses), and 3% Native American.

If I had not previously watched an episode of “Finding Your Roots,” I would have been really confused by the West Asia thing. In the episode former politician Linda Chavez finds out she has Sephardic ancestry through a DNA test and genealogy research. Her DNA test pointed to the same West Asia/Middle East region that includes Israel. I started doing research on Crypto-Jews of Texas and learned that about 1/2 the colonists of what was once New Spain and is now south Texas were Jewish converts from Spain. It has been eye-opening to think of myself as being of Jewish ancestry when I had never even met a Jewish person until college.

The British and 3% Native American were not surprising, but I would have thought Iberian Peninsula would be much higher. I read on the website that Italy/Greece is common in people from Spain. I’ve never heard anything about being Italian or Greek in my family. The large Scandinavian % was surprising, and I’m wondering if it could be related to the Lutherans or Protestant Reformation somehow.

Overall, I’m glad I took the test. I told my students about it, and they all want to be tested now, too! I bought a test for my boyfriend for Christmas and we’re waiting on the results. I plan to have my dad to get some clues about his father and the Jewish ancestry.

By: Carla Carla Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:21:31 +0000 I took the DNA test last fall since I’m a big fan of PBS genealogy shows by Dr. Louis Gates (“Finding Your Roots,” “Faces of America,” etc.). I am 1/2 White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (“plain white American”) on my mom’s side. Her said claims to have some Cherokee blood. My paternal grandmother is Mexican – American and my paternal grandfather is unknown but was likely also Mexican – American. My paternl My DNA test showed I am 33

By: Judith Contois Judith Contois Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:53:35 +0000 By the way, the appropriate percentage of American/Native Indian ancestry DID show up for our daughter, which we knew would be the case! What is disappointing in that the specificity was so vague…….(besides the ‘America/Native American’ breakdown, hers also included even 1% Pacific Islander, plus a 7% combo of Asia Central & Asia East, which makes sense as that is where the American Indian distant ancestors would have originated from)….

So, there is no ‘hiding’ of the Native American ancestry with DNA testing; either you have it, or you don’t.

By: Judith Contois Judith Contois Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:29:18 +0000 I want to let folks who are posting and asking questions know that the results they will get from this DNA sampling/testing is EXTREMELY vague. I had somehow hoped that it would specify what Indian tribe(s) my husband descended from, as well as myself (he is more than 75% American Indian; I am 1/16, both born in Canada). We had our daughter’s DNA tested in order to ‘cover’ both sides of her family. But nothing that specific is included in the results through testing; as a matter of fact, they draw a circle around ‘all of the Americas’ (North, Central & South America) when ‘mapping’ where in the world these ancestors are from.
How much more non-specific could that be??
The results are somewhat interesting, but disappointing, nonetheless.

By: dee dee Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:56:51 +0000 These are some of the most ridiculous questions I’ve ever heard.

By: Kathryn B. Wilson Kathryn B. Wilson Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:22:34 +0000 The strategy of using dna blood samples from living people who can trace their ancestry back five generations to determine ethnicity does have drawbacks. In our culture of identity politics, it is more important than ever to know your family history. Ethnicity reflects primarily the last three generations (hundreds of years), while migrations of dna go back thousands of years. Being clear about how the analysis is done is basic, and then tweaks should be made.

For “native american” dna uses both North and South American “natives” together. This is not a good idea as the histories of these two continents are different. For North Americans, indian blood was a terrible stigma socially, and so many family bibles and birth records were altered or destroyed. The facts of forced migration and genocides, also epidemics and war, left North American tribes without those long genetic histories. More effort to collect stories from those who have reason to believe they have Native North American blood and have taken a dna test that is not positive. My father in law’s ancestry dna test showed no Native Amer but did show traces of African, Asian, and East Asian dna.

Additionally, those coming from countries like the Czech Republic face the fact that although their genetic traceable heritage goes back many generations in country, after WWII their lines disappear there. So, for the ethnic analysis, they will not show up as having any Czech ethnicity. This was the case for my mother in law. Interpreting this data….does it mean that all her ancestors migrated, were killed by the Nazis, or died out? She had Czech on both maternal and fraternal sides. A bigger sample is needed. Dna is very complex.

As with Native American, the Scandinavian ethnicity needs to be broken down more. Scandinavia includes Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Lappland, and Samiland. It looks like Finland is part of Russia at present. What about Iceland, the Shetland Isles, etc? I’d really like to see more of a breakdown into countries. If ancestry is using contemporary blood samples, then why not? Ancestry knows the country the samples came from.

If ancestry would involve more scholars it would improve their service. Since their dna service is devoted totally to ancestry and ethnicity, they need to be more specific and thoughtful about their analysis and presentation.