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    What is your current most accurate commercial test? Oct 2020

    I want to see what people generally consider to be their most accurate commercial test nowadays.
    I am defining accurate for the purposes of this thread as closest to one's known ancestry or paper trail.
    Post a list of commercial tests in order of most accurate to least if you're up for it.

    I realized that after the update to Ancestry, which became less accurate for me, that my Living DNA upload has become what I think is my most accurate commercial test:
    LDNAuploadSTFeb2020.png

    It gives me 24.2% Irish/Scottish (It's hard to tell if I should be including Northumbria and Cumbria in here as they're sort-of halfway points between England and Scotland)
    55.7% English, or at least, 28.7% English if the northern English regions aren't counted
    What I think is a pretty impressive 18.2% North-east Germanic, which is relatively close to my 25% Eastern-German/Eastern European ancestry
    1.8% MesoAmerican, which is good enough, despite not specifically being labelled as northern.
    It really only misses out on a bit of French ancestry, which isn't so bad considering it covers the major bases.

    23andme is in second place:
    45% British/Irish
    16.5% French/German
    19.1% Broadly NW
    7.1% Eastern Europe
    2.0% Southern Europe
    6.9% Broadly European
    2.1% East Asian/Native American
    0.5% Anatolian

    MyHeritage in third:
    57.3% English
    14.3% Iberian
    11% Scandinavian
    8.8% Eastern European
    7.0% Baltic
    1.6% Central American

    AncestryDNA, formerly in first, is down to fourth:
    64% Scottish + Irish Combined
    16% Swedish + Norwegian Combined
    13% English
    3% Baltic
    2% German
    2% Native North American

    MyOrigins 3.0 in fifth:
    35% Central Europe
    23% Scandinavian
    21% Britain
    13% Ireland
    5% Italy
    3% Greece
    1% Central Mexico
    Last edited by sktibo; 10-02-2020 at 04:59 AM.

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    For my father who has tested at them all, I would have to say 23andme. It's one of the few that identifies his minute amount of Indian ancestry. Other sites put him at 100% European.
    Last edited by MitchellSince1893; 10-02-2020 at 05:10 AM.
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    At the moment and subject to change

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    2 AncestryDNA
    3 LivingDNA
    4 ADNTRO
    5 FTDNA
    6 Myheritage

    See where Myheritage places after their update.

    AncestryDNA two updates ago was easily then no 1

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    2. AncestryDNA (5/10)
    3. FTDNA (3/10)
    4. LivingDNA (2/10)
    5. MyHeritage (1/10)


    All of them leave a lot to be desired, but 23andme and AncestryDNA are the only ones that are somewhat decently accurate. My low ratings are because they can't handle my kids admixture reports at all, and only 23andme can fix that via phasing. However, phasing shouldn't be a requirement for one to get a half decent ethnicity estimate, so I will not award them any extra points for the phasing fixing their initially terrible guesses. And if it's literally impossible for them to give accurate results without phasing, then it shows that ethnicity estimates are simply for amusement and shouldn't be taken seriously at all.
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    23abc_AncestryDNA_scaled,0.110408,0.151314,-0.0290383,-0.0507112,0.0018465,-0.0156179,-0.00305514,-0.00138456,-0.00899905,0.00911181,0.00243583,-0.00149867,-0.00431116,0.00344057,-0.00773606,0.00106072,0.00195576,0.00152026,0.00251396,-0.00550264,-0.00786113,-0.00197844,0.0025882,0.00168699,0.000957998

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    1. FTDNA
    2. 23andme
    3. MyHeritage
    4. AncestryDNA
    5. LivingDNA

    (LivingDNA is usually not good for people of my ancestry, but that doesn't mean company is not very good for NW Europeans, for British people is probably the best test now)
    Last edited by CyrylBojarski; 10-02-2020 at 06:53 AM.
    23andme 5.9: 86,8% Eastern European, 9,1% Greek and Balkan, 0,3% Spanish and Portuguese, 1,2% Anatolian, 0,7% Ashkenazi Jewish, 1,4% Broadly Southern European, 0,5% Broadly European

    Distance: 1.8082% / 0.01808160
    Target: Cyryl_scaled | ADC: 0.25x RC
    85.3 East_Europe
    7.4 Southeast_Europe
    5.0 Sephardic
    2.3 Asia_Minor



    Ancestry: 68,75% Polish minority in Ukraine, 12,5% Northern Russian, 12,5% Alfatar Bulgarian ( + Sephardic ancestry ) , 6,25% Kuban Cossack

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    I would also add that LivingDNA when they originally gave me 50% Cornish was really good, the latest update which gave me 72 % Cornish was more then a bit off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timberwolf View Post
    I would also add that LivingDNA when they originally gave me 50% Cornish was really good, the latest update which gave me 72 % Cornish was more then a bit off.
    I read, that for most NW Europeans LivingDNA is the best test now. For my Ancestry it works like oracle on Gedmatch,but not very bad, it detected populations which are similar to my ethnicities
    23andme 5.9: 86,8% Eastern European, 9,1% Greek and Balkan, 0,3% Spanish and Portuguese, 1,2% Anatolian, 0,7% Ashkenazi Jewish, 1,4% Broadly Southern European, 0,5% Broadly European

    Distance: 1.8082% / 0.01808160
    Target: Cyryl_scaled | ADC: 0.25x RC
    85.3 East_Europe
    7.4 Southeast_Europe
    5.0 Sephardic
    2.3 Asia_Minor



    Ancestry: 68,75% Polish minority in Ukraine, 12,5% Northern Russian, 12,5% Alfatar Bulgarian ( + Sephardic ancestry ) , 6,25% Kuban Cossack

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    23andMe for ethnicity,
    MyHeritage for matching,
    FTDNA for uniparentals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pylsteen View Post
    23andMe for ethnicity,
    MyHeritage for matching,
    FTDNA for uniparentals.
    Agreed, sums it up the best.

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    99)MyHeritage + My Origins 3.0 (Both non-sensical worse than gedmatch calculators)

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