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    Living DNA at RootsTech 18 (Irish/German/Scottish Project update)

    Apologies if already posted but here is the presentation by Living DNA at RootsTech 18.
    I've attached screenshots regarding some updates on the regionalisation projects...
    https://www.rootstech.org/video/dna-...mily-one-world

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    Only 20% complete!?! The whole reason I ordered the Living DNA test was to get a thorough breakdown of my Shetland and Orkney ancestry

    I feel like I should have waited now

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    Fantastic, they've actually progressed. Might live to see some of these, thank you for the update. I'm quite thrilled to see they have actually started collecting for the Scotland project.

    Autosomal transfers and these new regional breakdowns might put Living DNA on top... I'm hoping anyhow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sktibo View Post
    Fantastic, they've actually progressed. Might live to see some of these, thank you for the update. I'm quite thrilled to see they have actually started collecting for the Scotland project.

    Autosomal transfers and these new regional breakdowns might put Living DNA on top... I'm hoping anyhow.
    Wait and see

    The new matching system has a far more tangible feel to it, as it has been announced etc.

    Still a bit annoyed by the miscommunication regarding the initial raw data uploads and ethnicity estimates last October.

    They are certainly ambitious I will give them that.

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    I thought it was horrible for Living DNA to go after Irish testers for St. Patrick's Day, when they know full well their Irish database is not good enough to give a decent determination of Irish ancestry. Just yesterday a Belfast friend got his DNA results and he showed 0.0% Irish. Like me, he got Northwest Scotland and related ancestry. Had I not been with him at the time he would have believed that he had no Irish ancestry. I'm certain he is one of thousands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEochaidh View Post
    I thought it was horrible for Living DNA to go after Irish testers for St. Patrick's Day, when they know full well their Irish database is not good enough to give a decent determination of Irish ancestry. Just yesterday a Belfast friend got his DNA results and he showed 0.0% Irish. Like me, he got Northwest Scotland and related ancestry. Had I not been with him at the time he would have believed that he had no Irish ancestry. I'm certain he is one of thousands.
    I have to agree with this. Although the more samples tested the better, it's only going to leave people disappointed and confused. I didn't like that they were specifically targeting a group that they don't have a proper reference set up for yet. Only last week on Twitter, someone asked Living DNA why they didn't have any Irish DNA in their results. The reply was that the way DNA is inherited is completely random so even if you have Irish ancestry they may not have passed the DNA to you. There was no mention at all of the Irish reference population being inadequate and that there was a project in the works. I messaged the person to let them know that there was a research project in the works and that even completely Irish people get low percentages for Ireland with Living DNA. I'm surprised that some people who aren't completely Irish manage to get as high percentages as they do. Considering I get 19.6% Ireland with them, it's no surprise that someone with one great grandparent or even one grandparent who was Irish doesn't get any percentage but it's those people who will be left the most confused by the results.
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    Y-DNA 3x great grandfather: Fleming b. c1829 in Co. Roscommon (R-Z23534)

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    I watched the Rootstech presentation and found it really interesting, although I'm slightly sceptical that all the school kids came from far flung places and not Essex....

    Looking forward to seeing the new matching in action.

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    Just watched the video. Jesus. I wish they would drop the whole "we're all one people, one world" bullcrap, no one cares

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    I'm surprised the German project was started so much later than Irish project and is only 20% behind.
    I would have thought the Scottish and Irish projects would have been done in Tandem so there is so much crossover. I'm apprehensive that they may realize this after the fact and delay updates.

    Although I'm predominately Irish and that is likely the most under-represented group in my results besides German, I think the Scottish piece will be most interesting for my results as I currently get 20% Northumbria with no known ancestry within the Northumbrian geography besides the Scottish parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEochaidh View Post
    I thought it was horrible for Living DNA to go after Irish testers for St. Patrick's Day, when they know full well their Irish database is not good enough to give a decent determination of Irish ancestry. Just yesterday a Belfast friend got his DNA results and he showed 0.0% Irish. Like me, he got Northwest Scotland and related ancestry. Had I not been with him at the time he would have believed that he had no Irish ancestry. I'm certain he is one of thousands.
    It would be much better if they warned people before testing - my maternal grandparents were both Irish (back to my 2xgreat-grandparents on that side, which is as far as I've been able to trace), so I expected to show 50% Irish ancestry, Instead, the test results indicated only 24% Irish, with roughly 20% from various subregions in Scotland and Cumbria. I was starting to wonder about my grandmother until I read of others who had similar experiences. I don't mind waiting, although it's been longer than I expected, but I wish that the company would acknowledge this problem publicly.

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