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    This will be my first time testing, based on genealogical research (and physical traits) I am expecting a significant amount of German and Scottish/Northern Irish. There is the proverbial American oral tradition in my family of little bit of Native American, my grandmother looked like she could have been a 1/4 at most and her mother also has the looks, I just want to know one way or the other, and if not, where her olive complexion and dark hair may have come from if not Native American.

    It looks like Living DNA or 23andMe would be good for my European genes, what would be recommended as A) my best choice overall were I to do just one and b)the best choice for Native American groups?

    Any advice appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarzan View Post
    This will be my first time testing, based on genealogical research (and physical traits) I am expecting a significant amount of German and Scottish/Northern Irish. There is the proverbial American oral tradition in my family of little bit of Native American, my grandmother looked like she could have been a 1/4 at most and her mother also has the looks, I just want to know one way or the other, and if not, where her olive complexion and dark hair may have come from if not Native American.

    It looks like Living DNA or 23andMe would be good for my European genes, what would be recommended as A) my best choice overall were I to do just one and b)the best choice for Native American groups?

    Any advice appreciated.
    Its all about the size of the reference population, IMO. And last time I checked 23andme had not quite 10,000 people in theirs, far and away the biggest reference of the big-3 (AncestryDNA, 23andme, FTDNA). If you only could go with one, 23andme is it. It also gives you the most recent Ancestry of the others; something like 500 years or so in the past. Ancestry's is definitely more than 1000 years (as they state), and who knows about FamilyTreeDNA. Finally, 23andme gives you maternal and paternal haplogroup info, way, way better than FamilyTreeDNA's Y-str tests, but not quite the resolution of LivingDNA's Y and mtDNA haplogroup info.

    I also have been particularly impressed with LivingDNA's results: you get the deepest haplogroup estimate on both your maternal and paternal sides, and very detailed breakdown of your British ancestry (it seemed to tell the correct story of where my English grandmother and her ancestors were from). Its definitely european-centric and I don't know how good it is at spotting other non-european ethnicities. I know you said you're looking for native american traces too, so I'd better let others reading this thread chime in on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fostert View Post
    Its all about the size of the reference population, IMO. And last time I checked 23andme had not quite 10,000 people in theirs, far and away the biggest reference of the big-3 (AncestryDNA, 23andme, FTDNA). If you only could go with one, 23andme is it.
    I think it also depends on which populations have the most numbers and whether those are populations you have ancestry in. If most of those samples are in European regions, for example, and only few are from Asia, then their report may not be very good for Asian people (I thought I read somewhere on here that this was the case for 23andMe).

    Also, Geno 2.0 seems to be saying they have at least 75,000 in their reference populations? https://genographic.nationalgeograph...or-scientists/

    It also gives you the most recent Ancestry of the others; something like 500 years or so in the past. Ancestry's is definitely more than 1000 years (as they state), and who knows about FamilyTreeDNA.
    I don't think it's that precise. 23andMe at one point actually say "at least 500 years ago" so it could, and probably does, go back even further: https://www.23andme.com/ancestry-composition-guide/

    "Our reference datasets include genomes from 10,418 people who were carefully chosen to reflect populations that existed before transcontinental travel and migration were common (at least 500 years ago)."

    Finally, 23andme gives you maternal and paternal haplogroup info, way, way better than FamilyTreeDNA's Y-str tests, but not quite the resolution of LivingDNA's Y and mtDNA haplogroup info.
    Why is it better than FTDNA's Y-DNA tests? I thought 23andMe used much less DNA to determine haplogroups than FTDNA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fostert View Post
    Its all about the size of the reference population, IMO. And last time I checked 23andme had not quite 10,000 people in theirs, far and away the biggest reference of the big-3 (AncestryDNA, 23andme, FTDNA). If you only could go with one, 23andme is it. It also gives you the most recent Ancestry of the others; something like 500 years or so in the past. Ancestry's is definitely more than 1000 years (as they state), and who knows about FamilyTreeDNA. Finally, 23andme gives you maternal and paternal haplogroup info, way, way better than FamilyTreeDNA's Y-str tests, but not quite the resolution of LivingDNA's Y and mtDNA haplogroup info.

    I also have been particularly impressed with LivingDNA's results: you get the deepest haplogroup estimate on both your maternal and paternal sides, and very detailed breakdown of your British ancestry (it seemed to tell the correct story of where my English grandmother and her ancestors were from). Its definitely european-centric and I don't know how good it is at spotting other non-european ethnicities. I know you said you're looking for native american traces too, so I'd better let others reading this thread chime in on this.
    I agree. I always recommend 23andme as the best overall test for your money if you only want to test once. The cousin matches are excellent too. LivingDNA is the way to go if you're of British or European ancestry and simply want information on your regions and haplogroups.
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    My results:

    Standard

    21.5% NW England
    20.5% Central England
    13.9% South Wales Border
    8.3% Ireland
    6.4% NW Scotland
    5.5% East Anglia
    4.5% SE England
    3.1% Lincolnshire
    2.5% Orkney
    1.7% South Wales
    9.5% GB & Ireland unassigned
    2.4% Europe unassigned

    Cautious

    45.1% Central England related Ancestry
    23.9% South Wales related ancestry (incl. Ireland)
    10% East Anglia related Ancestry
    6.4% North West Scotland ancestry
    2.5% Orkney Related Ancestry
    9.5% Great Britain & Ireland unassigned
    2.4% Europe unassigned

    My father is Irish and at least 3/4 Irish by blood so I immediately knew that 8% was wrong, however I was impressed that it seemed to recognise where my English family is from (Staffordshire), on the intersection of the Central & NW English regions. I'm most comfortable with the Cautious results, however they're still not quite right. I have no known Scottish, Orcadian, East Anglian, SE English ancestry, and not much Welsh. I'll assume the Irish ancestry is largely represented here by the other Celtic/Brythonic categories and unassigned. I look forward to the Irish results improving as the only thing I'm still curious about is how much Welsh/British blood my father actually has, and he's testing soon.

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