Which Ethnicity test am I best to use on Gedmatch

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Hi - my ethnicity test with My Heritage shows me as 99.2% English(It is probably quiet accurate that I am 99.2% English for the last 300-400 years) 

When I go on Gedmatch the answers are a bit different - they have me as having about 1/3 Baltic plus other bits and pieces.

I am unsure with ethnicity test to pick on Gedmatch for the most accurate result.

Can anybody advise which Gedmatch test I should use



asked in The Tree House by Christopher Colwell G2G6 (8.2k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

3 Answers

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Hi Chris, I don't put much stock in those ethnicity numbers.  I tested with 23andme and they said I was about 50% western European (German) and about 50% British Isles.

I transferred the same test to FamilyTreeDNA and they said I was almost 100% British Isles (English).  

Same test, different evaluation formulas. I think your traditional research is more reliable for ethnicity.  

answered by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (467k points)
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You've noticed that they have several models to choose from on GEDcom--there are different methods for the DNA analysis, and I don't know if any of them are better than the others. 

They're good for an initial glance, but don't get too caught up in the numbers. They can help push you in one direction if you're looking for hints, but they don't really provide answers. There's also lots of overlap and intermingling between populations, and those result in skewed numbers, too--like British Isles and Scandinavian traits.


answered by Eric Hoffman G2G6 Mach 1 (15.4k points)
+2 votes
I also ended up with more Western European when I thought it would be more British. Genes can go back further than the paper trail. There is more mixing than we are aware of. I am pan-Europe. Maybe it just shows we are all the same mostly.
answered by Sue Hall G2G6 Mach 9 (90.8k points)

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