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    Retest with same company or a different one?

    I use to have an Ancestry file which I've since deleted along with the account over a year ago. With all this "new" stuff coming out I'm wondering if it would be of any value to retest with Ancestry or a different company all together.

    Has anyone done so? If you have, was it with Ancestry again or a different company? if you've done multiple companies which do you feel was best for you and why? which one gives the best ethnicity groups in your opinion? Ancestry now has some new ethnic grouping of some sort. Also, what is with the different V chips (V3, V5 et cetera) I read about? Are the poorly performing ones still being used?

    Do any of the companies examine your entire DNA or are they all still just using a 10% (150,000 SNPs?) sampling or something?

    thanks.
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    Are you saying you deleted the raw data and no longer have access to it or just that you deleted your account?

    Regarding your question, I guess it depends on your goals. If you have a raw file from AncestryDNA, I don’t think you will gain much if you are just after a raw data file from somewhere else. But if you are interested in another company ethnicity estimate methodology, then go for it. I think at this point of the major players the only one worth it is 23 and Me. My Heritage is decent but can be odd, and FTDNA is useless for autosomal. But again, raw data from 23 and Me is not the best for gedmatch but MyHeritage and FTDNA have good raw files. Or at least they did, I heard FTDNA is using a different methodology now? Cannot confirm that.

    Regarding SNP’s, I don’t think there’s much more SNP pertaining to ethnicity left on the table after the tests, meaning testing more wouldn’t necessarily give better results. I could be wrong however that’s my basic understanding. You can get your genome sequenced but that’s over $1000.
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    so basically what you are saying is no testing company is measurably any better than the other with regards to autosomal raw data estimations, and the testing of SNP amounts? I was wondering with the "new" groups that Ancestry has if my previous generic British Isles would have specific Scottish and English locations like what Ethnogenes showed.

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    At this point I can say that Ancestry, FTDNA and MyHeritage raw data test more snp’s than 23 and Me and Living DNA. However, of the big testing brands, 23 and Me offer the best value and “most accurate” result in my experience. Living DNA seems to be the way to go if you are interested in British Isles stuff although they are struggling to keep their promises made regarding certain things so tread carefully there. Honestly I would take Ethnogene results as seriously as I take Gedmatch oracles.
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    I’ve tested with both ancestry and 23 and me. My only minor issue with 23 and me are the Broadly categories. I wish they were more specific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzles View Post
    I’ve tested with both ancestry and 23 and me. My only minor issue with 23 and me are the Broadly categories. I wish they were more specific.
    I think with time those will be narrowed down. As annoying as they are, I prefer that to speculation or shoving the broadly XX into another category.
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