About Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.


Gregg Looker 

Can someone explain to me how my DNA results showing went from 54% “British Isles” to 8% Ireland and 7% Britain? In the two years since I got the Version 1 results, I had to rethink my entire lineage (I thought I was 85% German) to 54% “British Isles” and then to 15% in Versioin 2 of the DNA results. Surely there is a story there as the DNA results definitely changed.

November 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm
Pat Burns 

Hi Gregg: I’m just another customer but maybe I can help. As I understand it, your DNA hasn’t changed, they are simply comparing it to a different data base. The first data base estimated where similar clusters of DNA were located about 500 years ago. The new data base is a lot more detailed with more samples from more regions and, I believe, may date back more than 500 years. There is a white paper on it at http://dna.ancestry.com/#/ethnicity/FB1685FD-E4F0-4DF6-9675-82E92734C93B . Hope that helps. Pat.

November 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm