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Unread postby ShutUpAndBeHappy » 29 April 2019, 13:45

I don't know about you guys, but I'm really into these tests. Share your results!

Mostly as expected. The quarter British was a surprise, but I anticipated it as it explains my surname.

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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby erti » 29 April 2019, 14:02

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I never expected to have this much British in me... also given that my last name is Farley i expected way more Irish/Scottish in me. German was no surprise but hey i never expected to have Norwegian in me.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby Eryx » 29 April 2019, 14:53

Last I heard, these really small percentages are highly unlikely, as they're only vestigial and could mean a link to a different region. The higher percentages are the only ones you should really consider close to accurate.

I really want to take one of these tests, but it's still too expensive to do them here. If I go to the US next year, I'll send a sample to 23andMe and try to get the results before I leave. I'm really curious because Brazil has mixed a lot more than the US. Theoretically, I'm French, Portuguese, German, Native American, African and Italian. But there's no way to know for sure until I get to take one of these. My family tree is a mess.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby ShutUpAndBeHappy » 29 April 2019, 14:59

Eryx wrote:Last I heard, these really small percentages are highly unlikely, as they're only vestigial and could mean a link to a different region. The higher percentages are the only ones you should really consider close to accurate.

I really want to take one of these tests, but it's still too expensive to do them here. If I go to the US next year, I'll send a sample to 23andMe and try to get the results before I leave. I'm really curious because Brazil has mixed a lot more than the US. Theoretically, I'm French, Portuguese, German, Native American, African and Italian. But there's no way to know for sure until I get to take one of these. My family tree is a mess.

I've been told my entire life that I'm a Polack, and the test pretty much just confirmed that.

Latin American ancestry is so fascinating. If you do one, I'm really interested in your results. I recommend 23andMe over AncestryDNA as it seems to be more accurate and more specific.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby René » 29 April 2019, 15:57

Some things to bear in mind when interpreting the results of these tests:



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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby ShutUpAndBeHappy » 29 April 2019, 16:06

René wrote:Some things to bear in mind when interpreting the results of these tests:



Also worth watching:



Valid points!
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby Eryx » 29 April 2019, 16:26

Those are the exact same videos I watched lol. And the reason why I mentioned the percentages.
ShutUpAndBeHappy wrote:I've been told my entire life that I'm a Polack, and the test pretty much just confirmed that.

Latin American ancestry is so fascinating. If you do one, I'm really interested in your results. I recommend 23andMe over AncestryDNA as it seems to be more accurate and more specific.
Ours is a little different from the rest of the continent because our immigration waves weren't the same as in the Hispanic countries. We took in the Polish, German, Lebanese, Syrian, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, French, Dutch and of course, the Portuguese and Spanish, but those waves go way back. More recent and current immigration waves have brought the Koreans, Haitians, Angolans, Cape-Verdians and now Syrians again. Brazil was also the biggest importer of slaves back in the day, and they were only freed in 1888, so a lot of Brazilians have some West African blood in them, but no one's sure how much because the first mixed children were often unclaimed by their fathers (who had affairs with their female slaves), and their original last names weren't usually recorded.

There's also two different "breeds" of Germans here because the first immigration wave was before WWI and the second one mostly comprised of Nazi Germans fleeing from Europe and settling in the South.

Anyway, I'm reeeeeeeally interested in getting my results. It's definitely something I often have in mind. Good thing it's becoming a more and more affordable service.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby ShutUpAndBeHappy » 29 April 2019, 16:27

Eryx wrote:Those are the exact same videos I watched lol. And the reason why I mentioned the percentages.
ShutUpAndBeHappy wrote:I've been told my entire life that I'm a Polack, and the test pretty much just confirmed that.

Latin American ancestry is so fascinating. If you do one, I'm really interested in your results. I recommend 23andMe over AncestryDNA as it seems to be more accurate and more specific.
Ours is a little different from the rest of the continent because our immigration waves weren't the same as in the Hispanic countries. We took in the Polish, German, Lebanese, Syrian, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, French, Dutch and of course, the Portuguese and Spanish, but those waves go way back. More recent and current immigration waves have brought the Koreans, Haitians, Angolans, Cape-Verdians and now Syrians again. Brazil was also the biggest importer of slaves back in the day, and they were only freed in 1888, so a lot of Brazilians have some East African blood in them, but no one's sure how much because the first mixed children were often unclaimed by their fathers (who had affairs with their female slaves), and their original last names weren't usually recorded.

There's also two different "breeds" of Germans here because the first immigration wave was before WWI and the second one mostly comprised of Nazi Germans fleeing from Europe and settling in the South.

Anyway, I'm reeeeeeeally interested in getting my results. It's definitely something I often have in mind. Good thing it's becoming a more and more affordable service.


I've heard about Nazis fleeing to Brazil and nearby countries. So interesting, thanks for your insight!
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby Victor_Laszlo » 29 April 2019, 17:14

Im basically a european mutt. :3

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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby Brenden » 30 April 2019, 14:26

I’m surprised by how many of you have done it already!

I’d be more interested in the medical results of a DNA test than the ancestry results. I know my ancestry pretty well already, especially on my maternal side (Slovak, with a bit of Hungarian and Czech). I think it’d be more interesting to have my dad do one and see his results and the Irish-Scottish-English ratio more clearly than my own would show.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby Dextroque » 1 May 2019, 09:08

Victor_Laszlo wrote:Im basically a european mutt. :3
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A mutt!? Oh you poor baby!

I'm 100% north european :heart:
But I'm not going into sub-race details.... you know.... :english:
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby rxxli » 1 May 2019, 10:28

I never understood this fascination with your ancestry that (mostly) americans seem to have.

Why would I pay somebody 100$ to get some absolutely useless information?
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Unread postby RJD » 1 May 2019, 15:00

rxxli wrote:I never understood this fascination with your ancestry that (mostly) americans seem to have.

Why would I pay somebody 100$ to get some absolutely useless information?


I had the same perspective until someone just gave me one saying "I got a bunch on a Black Friday deal, want one?". Free? I'll do that.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby Victor_Laszlo » 1 May 2019, 16:52

rxxli wrote:I never understood this fascination with your ancestry that (mostly) americans seem to have.

Why would I pay somebody 100$ to get some absolutely useless information?


I would think its popular in America because very few of our families histories actually started here.
America has literally every nationality living here. And the information of how we got here may not have been recorded so well.

I've always been curious in my families history. So the 70 bucks was worth it to me. But also my mom's side of the family's wasnt very well known. This helped know a bit more.

Also ive talked to quite a few distant cousins from there and have found out plenty of the past from them.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby Eryx » 2 May 2019, 02:20

rxxli wrote:I never understood this fascination with your ancestry that (mostly) americans seem to have.

Why would I pay somebody 100$ to get some absolutely useless information?
Brazilians aren't the same as the US with that obsession, but we do feel curious about where we came from individually. We have an identity and all of us are simply Brazilians, but the fact that almost nothing originated here makes everyone wonder what they really are, especially because everyone mixed together so quick and for so many years. Most people here have no idea whatsoever where they come from, taking hints only from one or two last names.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby lightnight » 2 May 2019, 04:32

rxxli wrote:I never understood this fascination with your ancestry that (mostly) americans seem to have.

Why would I pay somebody 100$ to get some absolutely useless information?



I used to want to do it in 2013 when a friend from abroad got it done. Later I just grew out of that desire
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One reason is because I watched that video Rene showed in which they tell how it's just giving away your genetic data to be entered into a database to do god knows what. Why would you do that? All the free services are extracting your online preferences and interest anyway, why give people the data about your genetics which you have no control over? It's an unnecessary liability. Even if you're not participating in these tests.

Another reason, which is the real reason that turned me off, is that for less rich regions of the world like mine whose people can't afford to enhance their database's resolving power, we're just roped into 90% 'South Asian' and that's not nearly as specific or interesting as 0.03% north western <insert nationality name>. And if you really think about it, is it really a big deal if your foreparents were living in southern part of one country or the northern part of another country which are adjacent to each other anyway? The current borders and nationalities probably didn't even exist back then.

Finally, another reason is that my parents were immigrants and my grandparents all died before I gained much consciousness and I really don't have a connection, or feel the need to have a connection to whoever existed in my past. At least not anymore. I mean, I'm a homosexual, meaning that I'm putting a full stop to my lineage anyway so why does it matter where they were from? :lol: :lol:
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby Eryx » 2 May 2019, 05:10

lightnight wrote:[...] for less rich regions of the world like mine whose people can't afford to enhance their database's resolving power, we're just roped into 90% 'South Asian' and that's not nearly as specific or interesting as 0.03% north western <insert nationality name>.
I don't think that's it. Obviously it's going to be more interesting for "New Worlders" to use these services. Asians like the Japanese and the Korean don't really like mixing with other peoples, so they're going to get obvious results. Places like the Philippines and Africa probably aren't the right market for it either, because their cultures are very firm and people don't immigrate there often. However, for Americans (and I mean the broader American continent, not just US citizens) it's super interesting to see what comes up. I'd extend that to Australia and New Zealand, maybe South Africa, but no place on Earth has seen more miscegenation than the American continent, so people want to see those effects.

The privacy issue is valid but I don't see it as relevant for everyday people. Unless one is interested in becoming a criminal, that kind of data is unimportant and won't affect me.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby René » 2 May 2019, 07:58

lightnight wrote:Another reason, which is the real reason that turned me off, is that for less rich regions of the world like mine whose people can't afford to enhance their database's resolving power, we're just roped into 90% 'South Asian' and that's not nearly as specific or interesting as 0.03% north western <insert nationality name>.

Do bear in mind that, as the other video I posted indicated, the significance of the 0.03% is not that 0.03% of your ancestry lies there but rather that there is a 99.97% chance that this bit of information says nothing about you whatsoever :D

Eryx wrote:The privacy issue is valid but I don't see it as relevant for everyday people. Unless one is interested in becoming a criminal, that kind of data is unimportant and won't affect me.

Unless you're misidentified as a criminal, or end up being denied insurance because your genetics indicate you are a higher risk, etc.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby Eryx » 2 May 2019, 18:49

That kind of prejudice can be outlawed if it becomes a problem, and for most things you don't need insurance here anyway.
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