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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Heritage - Free Ethnicity

Last week, I came across a link to My Heritage with an offer for a "Free Ethnicity Estimate".  I popped on over the website.  Sure enough, you can upload your GEDCom file (mine was downloaded from the Ancestry DNA results) and receive My Heritage's ethnicity estimate based on your DNA.

Below is My Heritage's interpretation of my DNA ethnicity estimate.  In some ways, it answers some questions.  The main one is that I'm not English.  If I was it would be indicated separately from the category of Irish/Scottish/Welsh.   Ancestry's breakdown left me wondering.  Irish is broken out on Ancestry's DNA ethnicity but British is lumped together seemingly including Scottish, Welsh and maybe even Northern Ireland to an extent.  Since all of this is an estimate, you need to take it with a grain of salt.

The broader results of the DNA are much more telling and confirming of why we look like we do and where our family roots originate.  Let's just put it this way, my husband's results are much more interesting.  He has roots in places like Pakistan, Iberian Peninsula, and European Jewish, if even a smidgen of each.  He is mostly European with a whole lot of British Isles but the others, while anecdotal at best now, sound exotically interesting.      

North and West Europe
Irish, Scottish, and Welsh
East Europe

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