So, the question is ... trace back DNA of person to routes of origin or only family name connection or both.
Thoughts from those who have used one or both.
what do the results show?
I bought the kit several years ago when they first began the project. Supposedly my DNA showed my routes of origin were from Africa, which then traveled to Europe. Nothing more specific. But, with the advances of DNA testing since then, I’m not sure if they are offering any information of more significance.
"National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard, best known for his discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic, thought he knew everything about his ancestry, with a genealogy that traces back to the British Isles and Holland. While most of his DNA agrees with this story, he learned something unexpected from his Geno 2.0 resultshis genome is about 2% Oceanian, connecting him to the first seafarers who settled the islands off the coast of southeast Asia around 50,000 years ago, probably via the Dutch side of his family."
“Most non-Africans are about 2.5% Neanderthal. Indigenous sub-Subsaharan Africans have no Neanderthal DNA because their ancestors did not migrate through Eurasia.”
It also says that non-Africans average 1.6% “Denisovan,” a newly discovered Eurasian hominid “cousin” with whom there also was interbreeding.
My DNA is going to show that I am the long lost brother of whoever wins that big lottery jackpot.
If you already know the village or district where your ancestors lived, do you learn anything useful from getting this DNA information?
My husband and I did the National Geographic DNA thing a few years ago and we thought it was really fun and interesting. I had previously read Brian Sykes “Seven Daughters of Eve” and it was a good sidekick for the results. Mostly because it was easier to visualize the ancestress with his little fictional account. For the record, he was Helena and I was from Jasmine (the eldest and youngest of the mothers respectively). We also go a nifty dvd that was about 1.5 hours and showed the original scientist traveling through the main places that the project refers to, finishing with the modern day area in Kazakstan (I think) that is the crossroads for each of the lines who left Africa.
My maternal line was from Ireland about 150 years ago, and my dad is a professional genealogist who has traced the actual women back. Our Jasmine line is shown to have travelled along the coastline from the Levant around the Mediterranean and around Spain up to Ireland. My grandmother’s grandmother emigrated from Ireland to the northern coast of England, and my grandmother moved from there to the east coast of the US. My mom and I always have been happier at the beach than anywhere else on earth, saying we wouldn’t be able to live further than a day’s journey away, so it was funny to see that our line has been very coastal for ten thousand years, and maybe there was something to our love of the beach!
I’d do it, but it would expose the fact my parents got me by raiding a warthog litter.
...and said I came from these guys!:
I did it several years ago with Family Tree DNA, had 36 Y - dna (male) regions checked and 12 regions of mtDNA (female) checked.
Came back that I was a member of haplogroup I1a (Y-DNA) and a member of haplogroup W (mtDNA). Since then those have been refined to I1a1 and W5a haplogroups.
“The I1a lineage likely has its roots in Northern France. Today it is found most frequently within Viking/Scandinavian populations in northwest Europe and has since spread down into Central and Eastern Europe, where it is found at low frequencies”
The W5a lineage spread from Russia to a broad but distinctive area of northern Europe. These dates and range correspond to the spread of the nomadic peoples that brought the horse to Europe.
W5a’s are distinctively distributed in a corridor long the Baltic, up into Scandinavia, and then down Germany, back along the Danube to Romania, and overseas to the British Isles, and the Atlantic Coasts of Portugal and Spain. The west European distribution corresponds to that of the Germanic groups that spread through Europe beginning 3,000 years ago. However the emergence times of the subgroups date back long before that. If the modern distribution is Germanic, then these subgroups must represent horse culture lineages ancestral to the Germans.
Both haplogroup findings pretty much follow my known family tree - Scots Irish on my father’s side, German / English - Irish on my mother’s side.
The funny thing is later I had some in depth blood testing done due a rare blood disorder. It turned out I had an genetic allele found in the French population near Lorraine, France. I later learned that my ancestral home of Falkland Scotland was home of Mary of Guise from Lorraine, she was the mother of Mary Queen of Scots.
I did it, and it verified pretty much what we already knew, but was, I think, very worthwhile for the price. It helps to do additional reading on your own, and now I often dwell on just how different our lives have become and wonder what happened to the strength of those early people. My daughter called today to say she had diagnosed me with ADHD because I have to be busy or working all the time. I told her I was raised by people who believed if you didn’t stay busy and work hard you would run the risk of starving, and so would your children. Now I have a DSM diagnosis. The couch potatoes are the “normal” ones.
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Yep. It was okay.
My DNA data was included in a one-hour National Geographic TV special a few years back.
We did family tree DNA for my father, providing a Y-chromosome for a family name project. Also used DNA consultants for determination of racial breakdown.
Family Tree DNA
Has a more extensive database for Y-chromosome, finding closest matches and info for last common ancestor.
You get a discount if you are going through a project to trace the links between those of the same or a related last name.
But you get a lot of email, both as they analyze the markers and for all of their “specials”.
Their DNA database is light on Native Americans. Because my grandfather has both Cherokee and Tejas blood, it came back as saying he was an admixture of Cherokee, Japanese, Chinese, Gypsy, German and English. It couldn’t really handle Native American as a whole percentage when it came from two different tribes. And their reports are darn near useless for genealogy, too abstract.
OJ Simpson jury say:
“DNA...so what everybody gots DNA.”
Isn’t it pretty worthless if you are a female? I could have my Dad tested, but that is only half the story and all the direct males on my Mom’s side are deceased.