Just got my mtDNA results from Ancestry

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I have felt like a child waiting for Christmas!!  How do I bring them to Wikitree?

Also can you settle an argument between my hubbie and I? since I am a female is the ethnicity only on me?  Because the ethnicity shows Irish, other, and scandanavian (sp).  It doesn't show my dad's side that is German which would be correct?

Taylor
in The Tree House by Taylor Worthington Gilchrist G2G6 Mach 8 (83.7k points)
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Are you sure your test was for mtDNA (Mitochondrial DNA)?  I believe Ancestry only offers autosomal DNA testing.

If your test is, indeed, an autosomal test, the ethnicity predictions would be based on DNA you inherited from both your mother and father.

Mitochondrial DNA testing doesn't really provide ethnicity data but will give an indication of more distant origins.
by JT Strong G2G6 Mach 6 (63.4k points)
JT,

DNA is still confusing to me and now that I have jumped off the bridge into the lake I am learning about it.  I am sure you are correct about the autosomal test.

Ancestry must be swamped as I can't even bring my DNA sample up to see which of my own family I match.  It's kind of frustrating ...then they take the site down a lot at night for maintenance.  Hopefully I can check it tonight during maintenance.

Thanks JT

Taylor
If you tested with AncestryDNA then you will not have an mtDNA result. They only test autosomal. I have not seen any reports of maintenance in the past few hours so maybe if you just log out an in again that might help. Are you able to see all of the other functionality on Ancestry at the moment or is the site completely down for you?
The site doesn't seem to go totally down just very slow.  I was unable to pull up my dna at all last night and only partially today.  I still haven't been able to pull the entire dna section up for my dna yet!

 

Taylor
+7 votes
Bring your AncestryDNA results to WikiTree by registering at gedmatch.com and following their instructions to upload your AncestryDNA results in GEDmatch.  Then enter your GEDmatch ID on your DNA Tests page in WikiTree.
by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (530k points)

To echo what Peter said, Taylor, GEDmatch will not only allow you to bring your autosomal DNA results into WikiTree to give you another way to find possible associations to others, but starting about seven weeks ago it also began giving us an automatic way pull a link to your compact tree from WikiTree into GEDmatch. Quoting GEDmatch:

A manager of a WikiTree profile can add a GEDmatch kit number to the profile of an individual. On a periodic basis GEDmatch acquires from WikiTree the WikiTree profile information to create a link to that profile and the GEDmatch kit number recorded in the profile. The WikiTree link information for this profile is then added to the information associated with the kit on GEDmatch.

This is extremely beneficial because an active "Wiki" links shows up beside your GEDmatch ID when people find you as a match. Gives them a simple and instant way to browse your tree here to see if anything--er, anyone--rings a bell. To take advantage of this you'll need to check your preferences on GEDmatch after their periodic batch runs find your WikiTree profile. So wait a couple of days (I don't believe we yet know how often these batches are run), then:

From the main GEDmatch page after you log-in, on the left and down the page a bit is an item labeled "EDIT or DELETE your DNA resource profiles." Click that; scroll down to see a table labeled "Your raw DNA kits."

On the line that shows your primary kit number you'll see, at the far right, a button labeled "Select." Click that, and then click "Edit" at the bottom of the table. Look for the section that contains "WikiTree Link." Select "Enable even if alias." That will allow the two sites to synch even if you used a different username for each...which I always tend to do just for a layer of digital security. Click "Save Changes," and, Voila! You're done!

As to the ethnicity estimates you see from AncestryDNA (or any testing company, for that matter) they're as much art as science. They're mostly quite good, but you have to take the results with a small grain of salt. The data are derived from various databases of tests of umpteen people, then run through public or private algorithms to arrive at the estimates.

For fun, once you have your GEDmatch account, explore the "Admixture (heritage)" tool. You'll be asked which "project" you want to run your DNA through and you'll see seven different options...with other options under each of those. Based on your Ancestry report, try "Eurogenes." Enter your kit number and you'll find 13 different schemas through which to view your ancestral ethnicity. Experiment at will. What it will show you is that there are multiple and varying ways to estimate ethnicity.  :-)

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Once you can get back on Ancestry, you should be able to view the Ethnicity report. Be sure to expand all regions because My guess is that even though you receive 50%from each parent, you could have received any 50% from their 100%.  This means you may not have inherited much of the "German" portion of your Father's DNA. Germany is most likely hidden amongst the 'Western Europe" region. You should have more than three regions but you have to expand to see the lower confidence regions.
by Ken Parman G2G6 Mach 3 (39.4k points)

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