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    What company/tool do you find most accurate according to your known ancestry?

    For me, I would say none have been too accurate but some are more accurate than others.
    Known ancestry: 3/4 British Isles 1/4 Western European (Pomeranian/Bavarian/Dutch/Alsatian), with distant Swedish and Native American lines.
    Here are my Ancestry results:
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    Here are my MyOrigins results:
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    Here are my Eurogenes K13 results:
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    Here are my DNA.Land results:
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    What is your favorite company/tool and what fits your known ancestry the best?

    Honestly, I'd say MyOrigins is the most accurate due to no region being in there that I don't have ancestry from.

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    I think Dna land is the most accurate for me. It's consistent with most gedmatch caluclators I've done, and it makes sense when compared to what I believe my ancestry to be.
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    My DNA.Land results were pretty accurate too. They would be spot on if there was no Finnish or Balkan though.

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    23andme's Ancestry Composition, and the calculators you can find on GEDmatch and on the "Autosomal (auDNA)" section of the forum.

    If I had to pick just one of the GEDmatch calculators, I guess it would be the Eurogenes K15.

    AncestryDNA is OK, but not one of the best I've seen.

    FTDNA's MyOrigins and DNA.Land are some of the least accurate for me. Not only they don't match what you would expect based on my family history, but my results are also not what you should see based on how my parents score, that is, they are far from being something in between.


    Off-topic, but based on your results posted here, it does not seem like you have any Native American DNA.

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    Interesting. I have yet to test with 23andme.

    I get kind of confused by the GEDmatch Calculators. All of them give me Melanesian noise, with the raw data from both Ancestry and FTDNA, so I have kind of lost faith in it entirely. I would love to have Melanesian ancestry, but it seems very unlikely.

    My Native American is 11 generations back (1/2048), so I wasn't expecting any Native DNA. I only include it as a part of my ancestry, because it is my grandmother's direct paternal line and I've done a lot of research on this line of the family.

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    23andme is most accurate for me. dna.land is least accurate.

    On gedmatch Eurogenes K15 is good for me.
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    Based on my known ancestry; I would say Eurogenes K13 AND K15 are the most accurate. Known ancestry is 100% British.23andMe gives me the most British, whether that makes it the most accurate outside of Gedmatch I don't know. Ancestry gives me 12% less when combining Ireland with Great Britain so might be the least accurate.
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    23andme is the most accurate for all of the following:

    Myself, my family members, my distant relatives, and people from the regions that I have ancestry from. I don't like using just a single person's results, to come to a conclusion of the accuracy of a company or a tool, but rather the results of a multitude of people that have well researched genealogies and that have tested with multiple companies. Even Eurogenes calculators aren't near as good as 23andme for these people. They come in 2nd but not closely. The rest are for grins.

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    My closest Eurogenes K13 Oracle 4 (1.74) is Belorussian+French+West_German+West_Scottish, which is very similar to my Ancestry results if you consider the West Scottish Irish.

    I actually think that's pretty accurate if the Scottish and French are proxies for my English ancestry. Cool.
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    Check out my signature below - good family history and documentary record, all Southern English, with an emphasis on East Anglian. Now, of course we have that "English problem" we are a mixture of British (akin to Irish and Scottish), but with known North Sea and Continental admixture over the past few thousand years at least, most likely longer. Therefore, most DNA tests for ancestry struggle with us.

    My best test? First Place to:

    Using an FT-DNA family finder data, and running it through Eurogenes K13. On Oracle, in terms of genetic distance, it gives me:

    1 Southeast_English 3.75
    2 South_Dutch 4.03
    3 West_German 5.42
    4 Southwest_English 5.68
    5 Orcadian 6.33
    6 North_Dutch 7.15
    7 Danish 7.36
    8 Irish 7.59
    9 West_Scottish 7.62
    10 North_German 7.7

    If I run a 23andMe V4 raw data instead, it's not quite so close - finding South Dutch closer than SE English!

    So, my family history and 234 recorded direct ancestors says that I'm 100% English.

    Here is what I get - starting with the closest non Gedmatch analysis.

    Second place to 23andMe V4 Ancestry Composition. Even though un-phased in spec mode it gave me:

    32% British & Irish
    22% French & German
    7% Scandinavian
    2% Southern European
    etc. and in phased with one parent:
    37% British & Irish
    11% French & German
    1% Scandinavian
    2% Southern European, etc.

    I can understand the confusion of the ancient admixture. However, I do admire their British & Irish reference for detecting Irish and Scottish ancestry. After phasing they also get me 96% North-West European which is great. Does it make up though, for calling me 32% British?

    I give 3rd Place to Wegene (23andMe data only tried).

    Even though it suggests 81% French, and only 19% British, I think that's pretty neat, no silly suggestions, and we English and French are easily confused for each other!

    Fourth Place is to DNA.land (used 23andMe data only). Pretty rubbish.

    They get me 77% NW European, so maybe I'm being a little hard on them. But...

    19% South European, broken into 13% Balkan, and 6% South/Central
    2.4% Finnish

    In Last Place, although it was a toss up between this and the above DNA.land result. FT-DNA Family Finder My Origins.

    36% British
    32% Southern European
    26% Scandinavian
    6% Eastern European

    Now its all going haywire though isn't it? Eastern European? 32% Southern European? Rubbish.

    I've not put up results for other GEDMATCH calculators, but after Eurogenes K13, Eurogenes K15 works next best.

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