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Old 02-12-2018, 05:17 PM
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through one of those ancestory sites or myheritage?
If so did the results surprise you?
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:01 PM
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Apparently, these tests are not what they're cracked up to be:

How DNA testing botched my family's heritage, and probably yours too
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:15 PM
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Sorry, I seem to have botched the link about botching. (The link still works)

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Old 02-12-2018, 08:20 PM
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the link works. My heritage said that I'm 45 percent English, 15 percent Irish/Scottish/welch 25 percent Scandinavian, 6 percent western Asia (which includes Turkey, Pakistan, et al) and 4 percent Northern African. My mother's family tree is nothing but Irish names down the line and my maiden name seems more German, which was what I was expecting. It's the huge chunk of English and Scandinavian that I question, not so much the other stuff, I'm sure over the centuries there was plenty of border jumping and humping, but not even a smidgen of German? And a narrow percentage of Irish, it was surprising.
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I just can't think of any reason I'd want to do that, and especially not one that would negate the risks of giving my DNA to some corporation. (Sure, I guess they could steal it or whatever, but if they want to sell my DNA information to insurance companies or something, they should have to work for it.)

Also, I think it's kind of weird to be trusting of results too far back. What are the odds that it's even accurate? I mean, I don't know for sure, but when people talk about tracing their lineage back to the Norman Invasion or something, I am always all like, "LOL, K."
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Also, I think it's kind of weird to be trusting of results too far back. What are the odds that it's even accurate? I mean, I don't know for sure, but when people talk about tracing their lineage back to the Norman Invasion or something, I am always all like, "feorse forweg, ow smws hd!"
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No, because I am afraid my DNA will be more in common with mud skippers.
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No point, my sister did a genealogy at some point and not only were all our ancestors Dutch for as long as she could trace them, but all from the same part of the same province. I practically immigrated...
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I'm going to take your word on that.

Where the hell did you find a translator, though?
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No point, my sister did a genealogy at some point and not only were all our ancestors Dutch for as long as she could trace them, but all from the same part of the same province. I practically immigrated...
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I'm going to take your word on that.

Where the hell did you find a translator, though?
Pretty sure Wats speaks Dutch and English without the need of a translator :scratch: :P
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Sneaky in-between Wats, that is. I was asking you, but it took me a really long time because I was looking for an online translator to see what you said to me. And I forgot to check to see if, like, one billion people posted during that time, see.
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ONE BILLION PEOPLE.
I'm pretty sure I'm human, although I did have a person I know tell me they did the 23 and me and some of the DNA came back "unknown," so I assume I'm also hanging out with aliens.
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I just can't think of any reason I'd want to do that, and especially not one that would negate the risks of giving my DNA to some corporation. (Sure, I guess they could steal it or whatever, but if they want to sell my DNA information to insurance companies or something, they should have to work for it.)
Yes, this. Not especially interested in handing over genetic material coupled with a boatload of unblinded, individually identifiable personal information, particularly without any meaningful ability to govern the purposes for which it is subsequently used, or withdraw my consent to such uses. That is a poor privacy practice. And while I do not have any lineal descendants, if I did, it would be a pretty direct invasion of their privacy as well - about which they were never consulted and to which they never had any opportunity to give consent.

Also, it is mostly bullshit.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:34 PM
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I searched 'translate old english'. What did you search for?

And then I had to use two of them because the one that does phrases didn't cope with the entirety of any of the full sentences I gave it.
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Apparently, these tests are not what they're cracked up to be:

How DNA testing botched my family's heritage, and probably yours too
Well before this was commercialized, I remember reading that the attribution of geographic and ethnic heritage was very imprecise. I think it was well over a decade ago that I read that. I'm a little surprised to read that it's still so difficult.

EDIT: A little googering turns up that this was commercial around 2000. I didn't realize.
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I saw a thing where Larry David was on George Lopez and they did the genetic testing, and the results said that he was like 40% Native American.

The explanation for this was that the markers they used for Native Americans happen to overlap specifically with Ashkenazi Jews. Newer tests would not make this conflation.

Another common conflation is Amerindian (anywhere in the Americas I guess) and Asian.
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It isn't like "they" can't just get your DNA out of your rubbish bin.
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Psh, if you're an amateur.

I cremate all of my nail and hair clippings, vacuum bags, band-aids and such. And any liquid waste leaving the house is boiled and treated with UV rays to degrade any DNA.
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Sort of related. My Niece found a stray dog and ended up adopting him. This year they had his DNA tested. Apparently the majority of his DNA is Vizsla & Chow Chow. Also he has some retriever - which we guessed and also a little corgi. lol
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Oh I totally want to send my cat's DNA into 23 and me now as mine. Would they even notice?
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