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    My Ranking of DNA tests from best to worst

    Based on who I’ve tested with so far

    24Genetics - Extremely accurate and detailed, down to regions within countries. A European DNA company with real labs and scientists, they sell health kits, ancestry kits, even whole genome kits. Over 1000 reference populations from all over the world. Unlike American DNA companies they are not Euro biased, and take your privacy seriously.


    Wegene - While not accurate for ethnicities, they are extremely accurate at the continental level and can easily detect minor non-European DNA in Europeans. Haplogroups given are far more detailed and informative than those at 23andme


    23andme - Only goes back 200 years, misses distant ancestry, and has strange labels for populations. They will assign “broadly” to individuals because they lack reference samples to correctly assign ancestry. Health information is very informative


    My True Ancestry - Seems like they just use Gedmatch calculators and make you pay for it. Connecting individuals to ancient and historical figures makes the test more like corny entertainment than actual legitimate analysis of DNA. It is fun though.


    I have not tested with MyHeritage, FTDNA, LivingDNA, and AncestryDNA yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiden View Post
    24Genetics - Extremely accurate and detailed, down to regions within countries. A European DNA company with real labs and scientists, they sell health kits, ancestry kits, even whole genome kits. Over 1000 reference populations from all over the world. Unlike American DNA companies they are not Euro biased, and take your privacy seriously.
    Strange, because the results I've seen from 24Genetics look like soup.

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    24Genetics was garbage for me, but they used my Ancestry raw data not one of their tests.
    WeGene has me at 95% Hungarian lol. Junk
    E-V13 -> E-PH1246 -> E-BY14160*
    distance%=4.6465"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Generalissimo View Post
    Strange, because the results I've seen from 24Genetics look like soup.
    The one thing I didn’t like about 24Genetics is how basic it was, it’s ethnicity based only, Even WeGene gave me haplogroup analysis and their e11 calculator is awesome!

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    LivingDNA - I uploaded my ancestry raw data and all I got was 100% Europe, that’s it. No subregions or matches. I’m disappointed that if I want to see the rest I have to pay for it. Ridiculous considering many other sites give you way more ancestry information for no cost at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiden View Post
    LivingDNA - I uploaded my ancestry raw data and all I got was 100% Europe, that’s it. No subregions or matches. I’m disappointed that if I want to see the rest I have to pay for it. Ridiculous considering many other sites give you way more ancestry information for no cost at all.
    Everybody has to eat.
    Some of the sites that do not charge sell your DNA to others.
    Others give something away as the cost of introduction to their other services.
    I have a limited free ride at one site. That was an introductory offer, and I often mention them to others.
    So they get a return anyway.
    But their ethnicity estimates can be a bit strange.

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    The best ones for identifying my predominant mix of Welsh and English are Living DNA (the most accurate of the big commercial tests in my case), Ancestry (spot-on Genetic Communities for me) and 23andme (broadly good top 10 regions of Britain). G25 yields even better results as ph2ter's map on my user page illustrates so well. It would be impossible to beat that.
    Recent tree: mainly West Country England and Southeast Wales, plus several neighbouring regions and countries before 1900
    Y line: Peak District, England. Closest matches: Sweden; TMRCA 1,300 ybp (YFull);
    mtDNA: traces to Glamorgan, Wales
    Mother's Y: traces to Llanvair Discoed, Wales

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    I've gotten the most bang for my buck out of Family Tree DNA because my y-chromosome line is the major focus of my genealogical quest. Family Finder has been less productive for me, mainly because I find FTDNA's web site kind of slow moving and cumbersome.

    Ancestry has been helpful and for me quite accurate. It would be more useful if they had a chromosome browser and if they went at least as far as 23andMe does with y-dna and mtDNA.

    I like 23andMe, but thus far its database is a little too small.

    Haven't tested with any of the others, except for BritainsDNA, but it now lies buried, curled up on its side under a kurgan somewhere in Scotland, a beaker of mead at its skeletal elbow. (Moment of silence, please.)
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    My ancestry is almost entirely British&Irish. Of the larger commercial sites where I submitted a saliva sample Living DNA is the most accurate with AncestryDNA and 23andMe fairly accurate also. FTDNA breaks down my percentages well but labels them wrong however I can see what's going on. FTDNA also has my MT DNA results and extremely useful Y DNA results. As far as raw data uploads Eurogenes Global25 and Celtic vs. Germanic have been very helpful. EthnoGene did a fine ancestry breakdown for me as well.

    MyHeritage, National Geographic Geno 2.0 and 24 Genetics are not accurate for me. I never tried WeGene as I can't see that it would be accurate for me.
    Last edited by Robert1; 01-12-2020 at 03:56 AM.
     
    Estimated ancestry after reviewing Ancestry.com, 23&Me, FTDNA My Origins, Living DNA and known family history:
    33% English, 27% Scottish, 18% Welsh, 18% Irish, 4% German/Netherlands

    Y-DNA leads to Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands: R1b>M343>L278>L754>L389>P297>M269>L23>L51>L151/L11>P312>Z290>L21/M529>DF13>L513/DF1>S5668>A7>Z21253> S7834 > S7828 > BY11203 > BY11186 (about 320-550 years old)

    MTDNA leads to Glamorgan, South Wales: K1a4a1f

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    Of the four companies listed here, I've only tested with 23andMe. But I've tested with several companies not in this list. Below are my own results. Finally, I've also included my paper trail results back to my immigrant ancestors, which is the only way I know of gauging "accuracy".

    23andMe
    European 97.5%
    Northwestern Europe 89.8%
    French & German 36.5% (Hesse, Germany; Grissons, Switzerland)
    British & Irish 32.1% (Greater London, UK; County Donegal, Ireland)
    Finnish 0.6%
    Broadly Northwestern Europe 20.6%
    Southern Europe 4.7%
    Spanish & Portuguese 1.8%
    Greek & Balkan 1.1%
    Broadly Southern European 1.8%
    Eastern European 0.1%
    Broadly European 2.9%
    East Asian & Native American 2.1%
    Native American 2.1%

    Ancestry
    England, Wales & Northwestern Europe 73%
    Ireland & Scotland 14%
    Germanic Europe
    Spain 1%
    Indigenous Americas – North 1%
    Finland 1%

    FTDNA
    European 83%
    British Isles 70%
    West and Central Europe 13%
    Middle Eastern 13%
    Asia Minor 13%
    Trace
    Finland < 1%
    North Africa < 1%
    Southeast Asia < 1%
    North and Central America < 2%
    Southeast Europe < 2%

    MyHeritage (based on Ancestry file)
    Europe 97.5%
    North and West Europe 80.7%
    Irish, Scottish, and Welsh 46.6%
    North and West European 34.1%
    South European 16.8%
    Iberian 9.5%
    Italian 7.3%
    America 2.5%
    Native American 1.5%
    Native American 1.5%
    Central and South America 1.0%
    Mesoamerican and Andean 1.0%

    LivingDNA
    [indent]Europe 100%
    Europe (North & West) 71.7%
    France 45.5%
    Germanic 26.3%
    Great Britain and Ireland 20.4%
    Ireland 12.6%
    Northwest Scotland 7.7%
    Europe (South) 7.9%
    Iberian Peninsula 7.9%

    Paper Trail
    European 98%
    British & Irish 40.6%
    German 34.4%
    Menorcan Spanish 12.5%
    Alsatian 6.2%
    French 3.1%
    Swiss 1.2%
    Native American 2.0%[

    All of the tests except for MyHeritage involved the company's actual test rather than an upload. In the case of MyHeritage, I actually uploaded files from three different companies -- 23andMe, Ancestry, and FTDNA. As indicated, the one I'm showing here is based on my results from Ancestry.

    The differences at MyHeritage based on these three files are only slight, suggesting that the reference panels and algorithm are much more important than the underlying data file in determining what ancestries are identified.
    Besides British-German-Catalan, ancestry includes smaller amounts of French, Irish, Swiss, Choctaw & another NA tribe, possibly Catawba. Avatar picture is: my father, his father, & his father's father; baby is my eldest brother.

    GB

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