A little less than a year ago I wrote a post about “Where Did I Come From”. I commented on my DNA results I received on my ethnicity results on my AncestryDNA test. I received an e-mail a few weeks ago s from Ancestry saying there was an update to their DNA feature. I quickly opened the e-mail and followed the link to the Ancestry website.
The Ancestry DNA web page had a new look and still at the same time looked familiar. The new feature is their Genetic Community for my DNA. My finger swiped across the iPad following my DNA Communities. I had three communities of DNA of the over 300 communities in the DNA data bank. The overview map was of the world with four lightly colored circles on the map of Europe representing my ethnic circles. A heavy yellow dot pattern covered the west coast of Norway. A red dot pattern crossed Norway from east to west with a strong pattern in the Oslo region. The third dot color of purple spread from north to south in Western Germany. These were the patterns I would expect from from the information I had received last year on where my DNA had originated. The new information is showing where my DNA was concentrated in the last 200-300 years then spread from those epicenters.
My Grandfather, on my mother’s side, was an immigrant from Stavanger, Norway. Stavanger is on the southwest coast of Norway and the epicenter of the yellow dots of my DNA. Last years DNA information stated I was 45% Scandinavian and the new information reaffirmed my Norwegian heritage. The red dots in Norway help me understand a blending of my Norwegian heritage. Gathering family from the Oslo area and intergrading thru marriage into the Stavanger area. Yep, Lutafik and Lefsa should be on my table for dinner each night, and the word “Uffda” should be uttered in every third sentence as I speak.
The purple dots in Germany are in the western part of Germany. There is a heavy concentration near the borders of Luxembourg, France, and Belgium. I know some of my Father’s family is from this region but that might be misleading. I have no information on my Grandmother’s family on my mom’s side. They were from Germany but I don’t know where in Germany. I found the new information interesting and as I scrolled thru the time blocks, it showed me the migration of my family over the last 300 years.
I next choose Dad’s DNA results to view and to my amazement his Genetic Community were not in Europe, it was already here in America. He had 2 Genetic Communities. The first community was the Early Settlers of New York and he second being Early Settlers of the Northeast. It follows the research I have done over the years. Many of our ancestors were from New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. With Dad’s ethnicity being 45% Great Britain it makes sense that his ancestors were from the New York and New England regions. This information was showing how our ancestors, on my father’s side, have been in America for the last 300 years. This also gave me a moment of pause. The purple dots on my German community were probably not from my dad. The dots may have been from my mother’s side and may given me a helpful hint to my Grandmother’s families. Maybe they are from western Germany. This is my first clue to where they may have immigrated from in Germany. I may not have a town but I have a region in Germany to start looking.
The third person’s DNA I opened was my wife’s. She is a full blend of Western and Eastern Europe. Her Genetic Community was a little harder to access. There were no dots on her map. As I clicked around on her DNA page I found her Genetic Community. She is not from Europe but from the Early Settlers of the St Lawrence Seaway. Again it fell in line with my research. Her Grandmother, on her father’s side, is a long line of French-Canadian ancestry dating back to 1600. There wasn’t any hint of my wife’s mother ethnic circles. So my wife acquired her Genetic Community from her father. I also know her Grandfather on her father’s side is of English decent and it doesn’t appear as one of her Genetic Communities. But after a few days my wife’s dots on the map appeared. The heavies concentration was in the Quebec and Montreal areas along the St Lawrence River. There was also a very interesting circle on the map. It appeared in the Winnipeg area. Does that mean my wife has 8th-10th cousins who are descendants of the French Voyagers of North America? Interesting tale to be told. After a few more days passing, her DNA community changed again. She is now in a community of Early Settlers of Montreal and Detroit Metro.
The last person’s DNA I viewed was my Mother-In-Law’s. Her ethnic circle was in Eastern Europe. Her father was Slovenian and her mother Polish. The Genetic Community didn’t disappoint me. There was a large number of yellow dots covering Slovenia with a concentration in the community where her Grandfather and Grandmother immigrated from in Slovenia. My Mother-In-Law also had a second community in the Pomerania region of Poland. This area is in the north central part of Poland. I found it interesting my wife didn’t have any Slovenian community in her DNA. But I didn’t have any New York or Northeast settlers in my DNA like Dad.
The biology of DNA says we inherit half of our DNA from our mother and half from our father. These results are showing me it isn’t a true 50/50 inheritance. It makes me wonder which Genetic Communities my siblings and my wife siblings would belong to if they were to do a DNA test. My siblings could belong to a community from Norway, Germany, Prussia, or New York and the Northeast like my father. My wife’s siblings could belong to a community from Slovenia, Poland, French Settlers on the St Lawrence or an English community descendanted from England.
Probably the the most intriguing discovery I have uncovered, and am willing to investigate farther, is a a genetic relationship I have with a 2nd cousin on my father’s side of my genealogy. When I look at my Father’s New York Genetic Community I can see his cousins, WL and LB. Also there there is a daughter of WL named SM. All four of these people are a part of the New York community and I am not. When I look at my communities and click on the Western Norwegian Genetic Community I see SM. My Father and his cousins are double cousins. Their mothers were sisters and their fathers were brothers and there was no Norwegian bloodlines in those families. So SM has inherited her Norwegian DNA from her father and the information has lead me to the conclusion that my Mother and SM’s Father must be related! What a new twist on the family research. This is going to be an ongoing search to fact check this new discovery. I know my Mother’s family has limited information but I am hoping SM’s research will open some new insight into my Mother’s family. Stay tuned for more genealogy discoveries!