Ancestry DNA Results

Hi! A while back, the lovely Shannon (from Kittyp0p) shared a post about her results from doing the Ancestry DNA Test. I’ve always thought those things were kind of cool, and I had money saved up, so I thought, why not splurge and have a go myself? So that’s what I did.

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My parents with a brand new me back in 1991

I received my little pack back in June, sent it off, and got email updates on how it was all going. Finally, last Friday, I got an email saying my results were in! I was hoping to see my results pointing off in two random directions, since my parents are different ethnicities. So, drum roll please, here are my results:

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Seems about right. My dad is NZ/European, and my mum is from the Philippines. The extra groups are pretty fascinating though. I’m not sure how those ones pop up. I have no idea how they work all this out from the saliva I send anyway. But it’s still fun to read through!

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So once you click in, you see this big world map, where they’ve helpfully highlighted all the ethnicity estimates. When you click on each section, it gives you more information about that region’s history. Then they have a section on genetic diversity, which shows the percentage of a typical native’s DNA in that area, and compares it to mine. They don’t have that big of a collection of people to test it against, so I don’t think it’s too accurate, but it’s interesting.

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Getting back to the list of percentages I’ve been linked to, I wasn’t sure why Polynesian was there. But I clicked on it, and it has ties to both Philippines and New Zealand, so I can see why it popped up. The link to Ireland/Scotland/Wales and Great Britain are also not too surprising. A lot of Europeans migrated to New Zealand in the 1800s. I’m sure I have some far off links there.

Finally, it has some ‘low confidence regions’. These are the ones where the percentage is 2% or less. The regions listed there were Scandinavia, Finland/Northwest Russia, Asia South, Iberian Peninsula and Asia Central. So, I don’t know what to make of that. Again, it’s all mainly Europe or Asia.

All in all, this made for a fun afternoon of looking through the results and linking it to regions around the world. I didn’t find anything too surprising, the results were what I pretty much expected. If you’re interested in this kind of thing, and you’re able to buy the test without making yourself broke, then I say go for it! It’s fun. If not, then it’s probably best to just leave it.

Have you guys done a DNA test like this before? How’d it go for you?