I have been waiting for several months for the results of my autosomal DNA testing from Ancestry and finally received them. The critical component they report is your Genetic Ethnicity. No surprise, the results show I am 75% from the British Isles (Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales); it also indicated that for 5%, my ethnicity is uncertain. They also mention that as their genetic signatures improve over time it may provide details. We have long thought that my 3rd great grandmother was Cherokee and the test didn’t prove or disprove it as the 2-3% DNA I received from her is within that 5% uncertain.
Of particular interest further the test results give interesting links to “cousins.” I didn’t have any close cousins but there are 8 genetic 4th – 6th cousins. That is fairly distant but does provide a starting point for some additional research. A quick first look didn’t illuminate any common ancestors but there were several who didn’t have shared trees that I’ll have to contact.
Besides just the contacts the results on Ancestry it provides a common name list. Wherein it displays last names which are common between our trees. It also has a location tab which shows locations that are common between our trees. That may prove even more interesting for research possibilities For example one of my cousins didn’t appear to have any names in common with me, but we both have ancestors born in Carter County, Kentucky. The individual may have additional details and research that I may find relevant.
Of course, I’m looking forward to many more people taking the test which should, hopefully, provide a link to someone a bit closer than 4th cousin. Anyway, it is a great new tool. For those who are Ancestry members the test is only $99.