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Ancestry Ethnicity Update

September 17, 2018

A few days ago, I received an email from Ancestry, giving me the information that they have further developed their DNA testing techniques and are now able to give More Detailed and Precise Ethnicity Estimates Than Ever Before. 

So, off I went to check out my new ethnicity results. There were a couple of surprises. My ethnicity percentages from Ireland,, Scotland and England have increased quite a bit.

The Scottish ethnicity is traced to the Scottish Highlands and Eastern Nova Scotia. This is the first time, I’ve come across a connection with Nova Scotia, but I definitely have Scottish Highlands ancestry. My Morison family came to Australia from Scotland during the Highland Clearances in the 1850s.

The English connection traces to Devon and Cornwall. I’m aware of Cornwall, but as yet haven’t traced back to Devon.

I was surprised to see that I have 8% Swedish in my DNA. I have been studying up on Welsh history recently and coincidentally, just last week learned that there was a small settlement of  Vikings in the area of Wales that was home to my ancestors. The Vikings came from Sweden and other Nordic countries.

The following confirms where my Swedish ancestry comes from. My Welsh ancestors were from Haverfordwest in Wales

“Wales was not colonized by the Vikings significantly as in eastern England. The Vikings did, however, settle in small numbers in the south around St Davids, Haverfordwest, and the Gower. Place names such as Skokholm, Skomer, and Swansea remain as evidence of the Norse settlement” – Wikipedia

Note from Ancestry, about the update: “Your DNA doesn’t change, but the science we use to analyze it does. Your results may change over time as the science improves”

14 Comments
  1. Interesting to hear. My results are much more in sync with my traditional resaerch.

  2. This is interesting. I don’t know these tests were so precise. It makes me curious to know what my ancestry is despite what I have been told.

  3. I think those Vikings conquered as much country with their fertility as they did with their longboats Jennifer! The number of people who have a dash of Viking blood in their mix is mind blowing!
    #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx

  4. What an interesting find for you Jennifer, I didn’t know that about the Vikings settling in Wales! What a fun project you’re having. Sharing for #mlstl

  5. 1010parkplace permalink

    My DNA testing kit arrived from Ancestry last week. I must do my swab and send it back to them. Thanks for the reminder! #MLSTL Brenda

    • Brenda you must do it.
      It’s so exciting to get the results. Please let me know your results when they arrive. I’m very interested

  6. Very interesting! I have a lot of family from Wales, and smaller lines back to Scotland and Ireland. I haven’t done a DNA test yet. After reading this, I’m even more keen to do it.
    I loved reading about the Vikings in Wales. Very interesting!

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