I've posted before that my current project is working on my 4th great grandparents' profile and down. I get so many 4th cousin matches and not many closer, so it's my way to try to work down to where they may match me. I just noticed I got the June 2018 100 Club, which is completely due to this. Another fun thing is that I can compare where my 4th great grandparents are on paper to the familyfinder's DNA based admixture.
On paper, I have birth locations for all but 17 of my 64 4th greats (I dont even have names for all of them, so birth locations for a good chunk surpised and impressed me, I have an idea for a few of the 17, but no records yet) It's 6 Germany, 8 Ireland, 8 Poland (technically Prussia, but Posen Poland before and after), 2 Canada (the ones that were on the British side of the American Revolution), 23 in the United States (11 Ohio, 5 NewYork, 2 Michigan, 2 North Carolina, 1 Massachusetts, 1 Maryland and 1 Coneticut) and then the 17 unknown or unprovables
So how do my paper trail locations compare to my DNA estimates for an admixture report?
FTDNA= 96% European, 0% everything else (the last 4% is "not statistically significant" European) Broken down it's
2% British Isles
<2% East Europe (Poland is supposed to be in here, but is borderline for their regions' breakdown)
94% West and Central Europe (Germany should be here)
Putting my papertrail into percents would be
12.5 % British Isles (Ireland)
9% West and Central Europe (German)
12.5 % East Europe (Poland)
3% Nonnative European Canadian (I know there's at least some German DNA here)
36% Nonnative European US American
The three things I get from this- one, all of those Americans pretty much had to mostly be German/Western Europe, or I just was the pair of gametes (egg & sperm) that had an overwhelming selection of that DNA out of all the options.
Two, Most of our Polish ancestors were very patriotic and adamant about being Polish, and left Posen Prussia when political tensions were getting bad with the Germans, so it's kinda odd to see expected "Polish" appearing as "German", However I know it really depends on which genes I inheirited from who, if they were if fact genetically more Eastern or western Europe regardless of culture, as well as the accuracy of today's test population that build the ethnicity groups to historical populations.
and third, I did not get a whole lot of that potential Irish DNA, or they came to Ireland from Europe.
Also breaking down that 26.5% USA into states
8% New Yorker
3% North Carolinian
and the last three states fall under the statistically significant mark FTDNA shows of under 2%
and yes, I did have to google the last two terms for state resident names.
Can anyone tell I'm getting really impatient for the auDNA results for my mom and grandma? I keep telling myself to do more 4th great's descendants to help with matching, but Im getting antsy.
How do you guys compare on papertrail vs DNA admixture? I arbitrarily selected my 4th greats as a group I had a decent amount filled out, before my knowledge ends before many of my 5th greats, but that also got me a ways back.