With these questions very much at the forefront of my mind, I recently took the Ancestry.com DNA test (prompted, admittedly, by their special offer of £79 a pop). I was intrigued to see my results as I had heard so much about DNA tests and how various people had used them to discover hidden secrets about their family origins. What would I learn? The test kit came promptly and Ancestry.com had my results back to me faster than they had promised, in around three weeks rather than six. I got an email from them telling me that my results were online to view and this is what I saw.
But what you can do with the raw data is to upload them to another gene-matching site (GEDMatch.com) and run them through a battery of other analyses.There are lots of them, each allowing comparison against a different DNA database. Here are just a few I tried before I ran out of interest. All very general and not really adding anything substantive to the overall picture. My lot migrated from continental Europe into what became England a long time ago and I suspect that's as accurate as I'll ever get. I'm happy with that, although I will chase up some of the leads to distant cousins that my subscription to Ancestry has thrown up. Maybe I'll learn something new but it will be confined to relatively recent times.
|One other thing that the DNA analysis programme will allow is a prediction of eye colour. Here's mine and it's not too far out. But so what? I could always look in the mirror to check at any time.|