Given this information we would expect to see 25% from this region in our ethnicity makeup.
This is lower than anticipated but we can also see that Scandinavian and British Isles are included.The best way to do this is to carefully read the descriptions provided by the testing company to fully understand geographic boundaries, included and excluded regions and Peoples, and known historical events that influence that population’s makeup.Some tests do a better job than others with providing this information, but all of them provide some level of access to this data.Get two full weeks of free access to more than 9 billion genealogy records right now.You’ll also gain access to the My Heritage discoveries tool that locates information about your ancestors automatically when you upload or create a tree. But you shouldn’t automatically assume that surprises in your results are due to shocking events, confusions about your past, or inaccuracies.Millions of people received DNA tests over the holiday season and, as results start to finally roll in, many of you will be looking at ethnicity reports for the first time – 39% of this, 22% of that, 2% of something totally surprising…it can all be very exciting.
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Given that these two populations are showing in much larger amounts than we would anticipate, we can assume that some of our West/Central European is actually showing as Scandinavian and/or British Isles.
A closer look at the map shows that the British Isles population overlaps quite a bit with our region of interest (the Netherlands).
To demonstrate how confusing populations can be, and how misleading their names are, we can look again at the three reports shown above.
The person that these tests reflect has a known ancestry from the Netherlands (and the closely related regions of Germany, Belgium, etc) of approximately 25%.
Many of you who have received an ethnicity percentage breakdown (admixture) from companies such as Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA or My Heritage DNA, will be surprised to discover that your makeup is not at all what you imagined.