What We Might Have Missed: November 18th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 18, 2013 in Site, Reference Desk

Where did last week go?  Here is what you might have missed around the world.

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Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on 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, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.


1 Gregg LookerNovember 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm

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.

2 Pat BurnsNovember 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

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 . Hope that helps. Pat.

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