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This link takes you to the results of a DNA Ethnicity test that I did. The results were very much as expected – 98% European, with 51% being Great Britain, and 43% being Eastern European (my maternal grandmother immigrated here from Latvia), with 4% Trace Regions (Note 3). DNA evidence of the Trace Regions (Iberian Peninsula, East Asia, and Pacific Island) is so sparse that there likely is no real genetic link to those areas, so the only part that I have high confidence in is Great Britain and Eastern Europe.

  • 51% Great Britain
  • 43% Eastern Europe
  • 1% Scandinavian
  • 1% Finland/Northwest Russia
  • < 1% Ireland (Note 3)
  • < 1% Iberian Peninsula (Note 1, Note 3)
  • < 1% East Asia (Note 3)
  • < 1% Pacific Island (Note 2, Note 3)

Note 1: This area includes Spain, Portugal, and France. I have seen at least one French-sounding name among my ancestors, so that may be a valid DNA marker.

Note 2: From what I have read, this is likely due to a technical similarity that Pacific Island DNA has to Scandinavian DNA. Since I have seen no logical connection to any Pacific Island blood in my genealogy study, I combine this with the 1% Scandinavian; however, I present it here exactly as I received it. The Scandinavian connection is probably from the fact that the earliest ancestors of the Latvian people are believed to have originated in Scandinavia, evidenced by my grandmother’s blond hair and blue eyes.

Note 3: Lab note – “These are regions where you seem to have just a trace amount of genetic ethnicity — there is only a small amount of evidence supporting the regions as part of your genetic ethnicity. Because both the estimated amount and the range of the estimate are small, it is possible that these regions appear by chance and are not actually part of your genetic ethnicity.”

Map of areas referred to in the percentages chart.

Map of areas referred to in the percentages chart.

Ethnicity estimate by percent

Ethnicity estimate by percent

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