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    Quote Originally Posted by geebee View Post

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    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%
    How on earth did you get 83% European? Were the lab workers high or is the algorithm just messed up? According to FTDNA you must have a Middle Eastern grandparent. Itís such a huge difference compared to the other companies results it makes me wonder

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiden View Post
    How on earth did you get 83% European? Were the lab workers high or is the algorithm just messed up? According to FTDNA you must have a Middle Eastern grandparent. It’s such a huge difference compared to the other companies results it makes me wonder
    Me, too. No, I don't have a Middle Eastern grandparent or even great grandparent. However, what's missing here is that I should have about 12.5% from Spain.

    For comparison, here are the results for my five siblings. My own results are based on the Family Finder test; my siblings' are all from uploads from 23andMe.

    Brother #1
    European 85%
    British Isles 81%
    Southeast Europe 4%
    Middle Eastern 8%
    Asia Minor 8%
    Trace Results
    Finland < 2%
    North Africa < 2%
    Southeast Asia < 1%
    North and Central American < 2%

    Brother #2
    European 95%
    British Isles 51%
    West and Central Europe
    East Europe 10%
    Southeast Europe 3%
    Trace Results
    Ashkenazi < 1%
    North Africa < 1%
    Northeast Asia < 1%
    North and Central America < 2%
    South America < 1%
    West Middle East < 2%

    Sister #1
    European 97%
    British Isles 60%
    Southeast Europe 23%
    Scandinavia 10%
    Iberia 4%
    Trace Results
    East Middle East < 1%
    North and Central America < 2%

    Sister #2
    European 90%
    British Isles 57%
    Scandinavia 18%
    Southeast Europe 15%
    Jewish Diaspora 5%
    Ashkenazi 5%
    Trace Results
    Southeast Asia < 2%
    North and Central America < 2%
    West Middle East < 2%

    Sister #3
    European 97%
    British Isles 83%
    Southeast Europe 14%
    Trace Results
    Northeast Asia < 2%
    Siberia < 1%
    North and Central America < 2%

    I can't say as I have much confidence in FTDNA's MyOrigins, although the "Trace" Native American is very consistent across my siblings and me. (The same is also true for 23andMe.)

    EDIT:

    No other company gives any indication of Middle Eastern or Jewish ancestry for any of us, and the few Jewish relatives I have all have some non-Jewish ancestry.
    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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    I'm pissed at the update for my results on 24genetics, they butchered it completely. I'm embarrassed to have put them at the top spot

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    I uploaded my 23andme V5 to various sites.
    I have also converted my kit to a V3 and it gave better results.

    Best uploaded results:

    1. LivingDNA.
    2. EthnoGene
    3. FamilytreeDNA
    4. Gencove (Does not offer this service anymore)
    5. 23andme
    6. MyHeritage


    Also my brother who did test with Ancestry.com had really bad result too.
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    7. 66.4% Norwegian + 33.6% TSI30 (Metspalu) @ 3.24


     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nino90 View Post
    I uploaded my 23andme V5 to various sites.
    I have also converted my kit to a V3 and it gave better results.

    Best uploaded results:

    1. LivingDNA.
    2. EthnoGene
    3. FamilytreeDNA
    4. Gencove (Does not offer this service anymore)
    5. 23andme
    6. MyHeritage


    Also my brother who did test with Ancestry.com had really bad result too.
    Interesting. I have no experience with Ethnogene or Gencove, but I'd have to reverse the ranking for the other three -- based on how consistent (or not) they are with my known ancestry. MyHeritage is actually the closest, followed by LivingDNA, with FTDNA last.

    I don't question the order that you came up with for you, but I doubt that anyone could come up with a ranking that proves equally true for everyone.

    I've also taken Ancestry's test, and their most recent update would probably be right after LivingDNA for me and before FTDNA.
    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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    For me, 23andMe and Ancestry are both quite accurate and about the same.

    FF, LDNA, and MyH are all broadly okay but messed up as to the details, all in completely different ways.

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    As of today, from best to worst:
    1. 23andme;
    2. G25 and other Eurogenes tests;
    3. Ancestry;
    4. Myheritage(upload from FTDNA);
    5. FTDNA;
    6. LivingDNA

    LivingDNA and FTDNA my origins 2.0 looks like they use nMonte for their guesstimate. It is also worth noting that LivingDNA before update was more accurate than after.
    Myheritage apparently has very flawed population references. Let's wait and see their update. Considering their resources they might become a solid competitor after the update.
    AncestryDNA is very poor when it comes to Eastern Europe.

    When it comes to matches list, Y-DNA, mtDNA, actual research nothing beats FTDNA.
    23andme is best at detecting and locating small admixtures and is therefore extremely useful for tree/ancestry research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aha View Post
    As of today, from best to worst:
    1. 23andme;
    2. G25 and other Eurogenes tests;
    3. Ancestry;
    4. Myheritage(upload from FTDNA);
    5. FTDNA;
    6. LivingDNA

    LivingDNA and FTDNA my origins 2.0 looks like they use nMonte for their guesstimate. It is also worth noting that LivingDNA before update was more accurate than after.
    Myheritage apparently has very flawed population references. Let's wait and see their update. Considering their resources they might become a solid competitor after the update.
    AncestryDNA is very poor when it comes to Eastern Europe.

    When it comes to matches list, Y-DNA, mtDNA, actual research nothing beats FTDNA.
    23andme is best at detecting and locating small admixtures and is therefore extremely useful for tree/ancestry research.
    I believe MyHeritageDNA and FTDNA use the same lab in Houston, Texas, and use the same methodology.

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    World tribes are the daftest, I came out as mostly East European (zero on other sites and regarding paper trail).

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    FYI, I actually have three estimates from MyHeritage, based on uploads of AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and FTDNA. I've put each company's own estimate in parentheses next to the MyHeritage result so you can compare them.

    Using Ancestry file:

    Europe 97.5%
    North and West Europe 80.7%
    Irish, Scottish, and Welsh 46.6% ("England, Wales, and Northwestern Europe" 73%)
    North and West European 34.1% ("Germanic Europe" 10%)
    ("Finland" 1%)
    South Europe 16.8%
    Iberian 9.5% ("Spain" 1%)
    Italian 7.3%
    America 2.5%
    Native American 1.5%
    Native American 1.5% ("Indigenous Americas - North" 1%)
    Central and South America 1.0%
    Mesoamerican and Andean 1.0%

    Using FTDNA file:

    Europe 98.3%
    North and West Europe 82.3%
    Irish, Scottish, and Welsh 51.0% ("British Isles" 70%)
    North and West European 31.3% ("West and Central Europe" 13%)
    ("Finland" < 1%)
    South Europe 16.0%
    Iberian 8.3%
    Italian 7.7%
    ("Southeast Europe" < 2%)
    America 1.7%
    Native American 1.7%
    Native American 1.7% ("North and Central America" < 2%)

    Huh? categories: ("Asia Minor" 13%; "North Africa" < 1%; "Southeast Asia" < 1%)

    Using 23andMe file:

    Europe 97.7% ("Europe" 97.5%)
    North and West Europe 78.5% ("Northwestern European" 89.8%)
    Irish, Scottish, and Welsh 50.4% ("British and Irish" 32.1%)
    North and West European 26.7% ("French and German" 35.5%)
    Finnish 1.4% ("Finnish" 0.6%)
    ("Broadly Northwestern European" 20.6%)
    South Europe 19.2% ("South Europe" 4.7%)
    Iberian 10.0% ("Spanish and Portuguese" 1.8%)
    Italian 9.2%
    ("Greek and Balkan" 1.1%
    ("Broadly Southern European" 1.8%)
    ("Eastern European" 0.1%)
    ("Broadly European" 2.9%)
    America 2.3% ("Native American" 2.1%)
    Native American 1.6%
    Native American 1.6%
    Central and South America 0.7%
    Mesoamerican and Andean 0.7%

    None of these is fully consistent with my paper trail, although all of them are closer than the estimates of the original testing companies (Ancestry, FTDNA, and 23andMe).

    I don't think the problem is with my paper trail, either. That's one of the values of Ancestry's "ThruLines". While we could of course all be wrong about the identity and origins of our shared ancestors, I have a fairly complete set of "ThruLines" ancestors that match my paper trail pretty well. And for most of my ancestors through 5th great grandparents I have dozens to several hundred matches who share the same ancestor.

    It would be interesting, of course, if the ancestors themselves could be DNA tested. I suspect the results would be very different from what Ancestry would predict based on their contemporary reference panels. Those panels may be larger than Ancestry's previous panels, but I think in some cases they suffer the effects of excessive "tweaking" to make the panels and the categories "fit" Ancestry's own preconceptions.
    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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