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Old 11-07-2018, 09:25 PM
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Has anybody here done the 'ancestry' thing?

A DNA test through one of the multiple commercial testing companies?

I'd had been looking at 23&Me and Ancestry.com. And, since the latter posted up a near half-cost sale, I bought in to it. I await my spit bottles.

I'm not sure what information I'll get back, but what I'm interested in is how the results vary between commercial presentations.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:45 PM
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A few members of my extended family have had it done, and compared notes at the last reunion. To nobody's great surprise, a few people's paternal lineages were different from what they previously believed. We're a family of blended families for generations, tho, so as far as I know, nobody was especially asshurt about it. (Those that might have been are already dead.)
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:46 AM
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It's worth reading up on how some of the analyses work and what you really can or can't tell from DNA and how accurate it is. Some of the stuff is pretty misleading, especially the "you are 23% Luxemburgish, 16% Portuguese etc." type statements.
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:40 AM
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There was one that National Geographic advertised for that my mom got me and some family to do to compare results, so I've sent in a sample but I don't think it's been long enough for results yet.
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:48 AM
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I assume I'll know more once I get my packet.

But, I will note that I have already received a 'free offer' to begin tracing my ancestry by creating a tree...and, they want to sell me a service to do so. I don't need that, I've got that. :rolleyes:

I have a paternal family geneology done by my aunt.

I'll see what the packet promises....
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:17 AM
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I recently did mine through the National Geographic Genome 2.0 Project. The basics on that one is that it's more about population migration than it is personal ancestry Meaning that they're not really looking at or for anything "recent", say the last couple thousand years. The most specific they gave me was a likely breakdown based on different markers:

NW Europe 57%, Eastern Europe 17%, West Mediterranean 10%, SW Europe 10%, NE Europe 4%

Which, according to their math suggests I'm of French and British ancestry.

(Also, only 1.5% Neanderthal.)
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:12 AM
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I, and two of my kids, have done 23andme. As expected, I'm 97.7% Ashkenazi Jew, with one Finnish and one Iberian ancestor sometime between 1680 and 1770.

My kids are definitely mine.
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Remember that Cheddar school teacher guy that was related to the cave man? So cool. Like 9000 year old ancestor - 4000 years before the Pyramids.
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I, and two of my kids, have done 23andme. As expected, I'm 97.7% Ashkenazi Jew, with one Finnish and one Iberian ancestor sometime between 1680 and 1770.

My kids are definitely mine.
So, I take it that you did the test to find the outliers, eh?
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I, and two of my kids, have done 23andme. As expected, I'm 97.7% Ashkenazi Jew, with one Finnish and one Iberian ancestor sometime between 1680 and 1770.

My kids are definitely mine.
So, I take it that you did the test to find the outliers, eh?
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My daughter bought the test for me as a gift. Then she bought it for herself.
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Old 11-10-2018, 04:30 AM
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"you are 23% Luxemburgish,
Does that work out as 2.3 Luxembourgers?
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Just means there was a :boar: ancestor sometime between 1920 and 1970. Perfectly normal in Luxembourg.
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I, and two of my kids, have done 23andme. As expected, I'm 97.7% Ashkenazi Jew, with one Finnish and one Iberian ancestor sometime between 1680 and 1770.

My kids are definitely mine.
So, I take it that you did the test to find the outliers, eh?
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My daughter bought the test for me as a gift. Then she bought it for herself.
I would have loved to have seen my dear wife's results. She, too, was Ashkenazi, but three of four grandparents came from the Russian Pale (the fourth was Polish). But, when she was born, her family joke was that she was a Korean refugee baby, because she had a full head of straight black hair and epicanthic eyefolds. I suspect that back in the 12th to 15th centuries, her ancestors may well have been in the way of the advancing Mongol hordes. I suspected that she had Mongol ancestry that manifested with her.
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"you are 23% Luxemburgish,
Does that work out as 2.3 Luxembourgers?
Those Luxury burgers...Are they the ones the come 'with everything'?

And...can I get a Coke with those?
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All of the genetic testing I do is free and has to do with certain medical conditions (pre eclampsia and autism specifically) that my family has. I don't think they'll find a genetic smoking gun for either condition, but they've not been doing much research so I'm hoping it will prime the pump for investigation into the causes.


I can give a flying fuck about where my ancestors came from. A lot of my family did geneological research and I think it's the most boring, meaningless thing ever.
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My parents did this a while back, and I think they did ancestry.com. I was bummed to find out that we were completely of Northern European descent. No brothers at all!

Of course, after reading about several recent events, a person who has ever been involved in any crimes should stay away from DNA testing. You know that roach you threw on the floor at the Dead concert in 1974? Busted!
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I can give a flying fuck about where my ancestors came from. A lot of my family did geneological research and I think it's the most boring, meaningless thing ever.
Oh, man, yeah, some of my extended family got into that, and you did NOT want to get cornered by them.

I told one of them he should write a book, and the "instead of telling me about it" was silent.

The whole thing with catching serial killers is sort of cool, but I worry more about the fact that there's virtually no established law in what else it can be used for, especially once they manage to pierce the HIPAA veil like they did. That information could be used for almost anything, really. Identifying genetic markers for diseases or just traits you don't like for various redlining purposes. Deny them loans or jobs or health insurance or whatever.

And it always but fucking ALWAYS fucks me off that the creeplords build profiles of people based on information other people have provided.
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