DNA Test Can Trace Your Ancestral Origins Back 1,000 Years

By Carl Engelking | May 2, 2014 2:55 pm


Most of us can broadly trace our ancestral roots to a country or general region on the planet. But a new DNA test can locate where your relatives lived over 1,000 years ago, and in some cases, even pinpoint the specific village or island your ancestors came from.

The new DNA test was over 80 percent successful in tracing people from around the world back to their ancestral origins. Such knowledge could help improve personalized medicine, forensic science and research pertaining to ancestral origins of different human populations.

Retracing Our Past

Eran Elhaik of the University of Sheffield and Tatiana Tatarinova from the University of Southern California invented the Geographic Population Structure (GPS) test, which works by scanning a person’s DNA for parts that were formed as a result of two ancestors from disparate populations having children: for example, a Viking and Briton falling in love after Vikings invaded Britain in the 11th century.

Once a mixed DNA signature is detected, it is compared with reference data from people around the world that haven’t moved for hundreds of years. Finally, a computer program calculates how close to these populations a person’s ancestors lived and pinpoints a location.

Elhaik applied the GPS test to roughly 600 individuals from around the world—including regions as far-flung as Kuwait, Puerto Rico, Bermuda and Peru. The GPS correctly assigned 83 percent of the individuals to their ancestral country, and 50 percent of them within 62 miles of their point of origin. Elhaik and his team published findings regarding the test’s efficacy this week in Nature Communications.

Where Are You From?

If you are interested in tracing your DNA back to its origin, you’ll need to provide a saliva sample, pay about $100 to have your DNA read, and pay an additional $35 to have your ancestral home identified. You can begin your quest by visiting Prosapia Genetics online.


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  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com Longmire

    This technology teaches the curious of there past now but in 5 years or so the Social Revolutions begin.

  • Joey Santini

    Wow my ancestors were traced backto a place called La La Land.

    • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com Michael Keener

      never never land..

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com Robert Lensch

    What would keep the test from being 100% successful? Individuals whose ancestors moved so often that there were too many markers to sort out?

    • jezeuskrishna

      The island effect, gene flow is static on an island nation. Professor Bryan Sykes discovered this like 20 years ago, the remains of a human called “chedar man” were found and dna tested it was discovered that his direct descendant was living 2 miles away from his grave, after 8000 years.

    • madihwa

      No, the tests shows where your ancestor came from. The problem lies in the fact that (1) borders were not stable and (2) some people, such as the Dutch, moved around a lot. My granddaughters, whose father is from The Netherlands, had a DNA test and the Dutch part didn’t show as Dutch at all. I have to think either it was covered in one section under ‘broadly northern European’ or else the Dutch are a mixed people made up of Scandinavian, German, etc. all of which they have and which did show.

      Also, some of the European countries are, probably unknown to them, a lot more mixed than they realize. Heck, even the Asian countries are! I had my husband take the test. He’s supposedly Chinese–except it turns out he’s about 86% Chinese. The rest is a mix of about every kind of Asian they have, plus Native American and a little bit of Caucasian. One is never too mixed to trace the markers. My granddaughters are a good case of that. Their DNA charts scarcely have anything in common. But it’s all eminently traceable, down to the smallest bits of things we never expected. lol

  • Kristen Beck

    “for example, a Viking and Briton falling in love after Vikings invaded Britain in the 11th century.” Falling in love is one way to put it

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    • Tom Servo

      given that I’m blonde, blue eyed, a bit over 6 feet tall, and that all of the ancestors I know about came out of central England and Scotland, it’s s a pretty safe bet that I had a Viking or two jump into the familial bed, as it were, back in the day.

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        • Kevin O’connor

          She’s a whore…

      • GameTime

        I don’t know that the Vikings at that time were necessarily all blue-eyed, blonde. My Viking ancestor, Rollo, who did invade Europe, and stayed, was a big man, brown-eyed, and brown-haired.

        • Tom Servo

          Rollo? my anglo-saxon ancestors popped in to say “Norman Swine!!!”

        • Jack Hunter

          How do you know Rollo was your ancestor? I am asking because I am direct descendant of Rollo and his French Princess/sex toy.

          • HeartBurstTimetoSmile

            DeClare here.

        • Christina Lannen

          Rollo is one of my ancestors as well

      • madihwa

        Quite correct. Many people who think they are pure English are actually part Viking. Those Vikings, they came and just wouldn’t go home. And like so many others, many anglicized their names. This also happened to the Irish but not always out of choice.

    • http://www.linkedin.com/in/ablelawrence Able Lawrence

      I dont think love was involved, at least in the beginnings. Once Vikings have defeated the Britons and the surviving women had little choice I guess

      • Janet Butler

        Love has been around for a long time folks – just need to read a little ancient poetry, for example.

      • Gary Wells

        The Briton’s were Druid’s and were never defeated. The House Tudor are Druids. The Crowned Prince of England, Prince of Wales William Tudor is a direct descendant of Rhys ap Tudur, of Deheubarth my 28th great grandfather and a Druid.

    • eivindh

      Rape didn’t have a prominent place in viking culture. That’s only Christian and Saxon propaganda.

    • General Isimo

      Kirsten Beck: A lot of nonsense has been written about the Vikings because so much propaganda has giving them a romantic image. They were good at raiding undefended coastal areas to rob and desecrate churches, but they were not good at fighting the inland British tribes. But they (Danes/ Vikings) did conquer the north eastern area of England for a while until defeated by King Harold.

      The Anglo-Saxons failed to conquer Wales; and the Normans were only able to occupy coastal areas of Wales. The Vikings named a few Welsh islands, but nothing more.

      More than 80% of the Welsh and Irish are of ancient Celtic-Iberian stock (Haplogroup R1b (Y)) Even the English have more than 70%. The Romans left no genetic trace at all, and the later invaders combined (Jutes, Angles, Saxons, Vikings, Danes, Normans) have made no more than a 5% contribution to the British gene pool. Immigration of ethnic groups over the last two generations is ignored.

      My DNA profile shows that my earliest group marker was about 20,000 years ago in the Caspian Sea area and (like most British people) I am mainly related to the Basques. I also have about 10% Turkic horseman genes (the first ancient tribe to fight on horseback), and I have R1b-S21 (Germanic) genes on my father’s side – of which most of the old royal families of Europe belong to (including Queen Elizabeth). Copernicus and American president Ulysses S Grant are said to have belonged to this group. My mother’s mtDNA is very ancient and it appears her ancestors came to Britain a few thousand years ago.
      If I wanted to be boastful over a pint of beer, I have a choice of saying that I am descended from the ancient native Iberian inhabitants of Britain (Stonehenge, weapons and artwork they made of bronze and gold), or that I am part Cossack, or that I belong to the same genetic pool as the Queen of England. No one will ever question the percentages, but being Welsh I am proud that I can prove that Welsh people are the true descendents of the Ancient Britons!

      • Gary Wells

        I am a G-haplotype and am Druid, Scot, Irish, French, German, Spanish, Scythian, Hebrew and Hinze 57.

  • MomOnEarth

    Which DNA? Mitochondrial and Y? With these, if you just go back as far as great, great grandparents, that leaves 14 lines unstudied. A thousand years? … Well, work it out.

    • jezeuskrishna

      How would they map every part of the family tree when the only samples they’re collecting around the world are for the sex chromosomes? it’ll be possible one day when advanced dna testing is cheaper but for now 1 or two chromosomes is the best we have and it’s okay in terms of tracing part of your ancestry. Alleles can be lost through random selection since you only give half of them and sex chromosomes are very easy to trace because it’s impossible to break a chromosome lineage at any point, if your father has R1a1a, his father has r1a1a, go back like 5000 years and it’ll look different but it’s still the same lineage it’s just that certain mutations haven’t occurred yet. It makes it simpler, people just like being able to say “i’m this” or that instead of being like, well my 2nd allele is from korea and my 3rd is from france and…. you know what i mean.

  • Tim C.

    Raped by a viking… or kidnapped, and forced into marriage would be a better guess… Are you writing these articles for intelligent adults? It doesn’t sound like it.

    • Ben

      I believe the the author is correct. Not every interaction in those Times was based upon Raping and Pillaging.However the majority of those Genetic Mixings probably did arise from such events.

      • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com Longmire

        1 in 200 men are directly descended from Genghis Khan never mind all of his army. The Vikings didn’t muddy the water the mongols did.

        • jezeuskrishna

          His was also a muslm and most of his men were, mass murdered more people than anyone in history. It all fell apart after he invaded europe and mass murdered 70 million people.

          • Jelena Markovich

            I don’t care if this is 2 years old, you and the idiot who liked your comment need to read this: “Religion. Genghis Khan was a tengrist, but was religiously tolerant and interested in learning philosophical and moral lessons from other religions. He consulted Buddhist monks, Muslims, Christian missionaries, and the Taoist monk Qiu Chuji.”

            So no, he was not a Muslim–that wouldn’t even make sense. You’re very clearly from the south (how humiliating to one of the most degraded and laughed at inbreds of society).

            Furthermore, was it not Christians who stole land from and committed genocide against Native Americans (and still oppress them)? Was it not Christians who killed 6 million Jews? Wasn’t it Christians who enslaved Africans for hundreds of years? And those are FAR from the only three examples of Christians committing genocide and stealing land from innocent people. You tacky, degraded, inbred, inferior white trash hicks (you and Robert Budesky).

          • Dal

            You need to get of your, admittedly quite wobbly, high horse and learn some actual facts before spouting your acidic vitriol.

            For a start, Hitler followed the religious views of his father, who was anti clerical. In fact, various extant diaries such as that of Goebbels state that Hitler was undeniably anti Christian. So no, Christians did not kill 6 million Jews.

            The African slave trade was big business for Africans as African traders provided the West with all their slaves. The ‘traders’ would raid villages far from the coast and sell the young and healthy to the Westerners. It is also a fact that Arabs were far more prolific slavers than the West. Also, in the 1600’s Irish slavery was a far bigger market than African slaves as Africans cost £35 a head whilst the Irish only cost £5 a head. So no, Christians were not the biggest proponents of the African slave trade.

            Source:- An education ,something that it would seem you are lacking.

          • Marg Quigley

            Actually, one does not minimize the other. Christians carried out Hitler’s orders, and Hitler learned from the so-called Christians who carried out genocide on the Native Americans. Christians participated in the slave trade. Christians used the Bible to justify slavery in the US. Christians kept serfs in a system that was tantamount to slavery. It really does not matter who was the biggest or baddest. Evil is evil, and your argument just tries to minimize the genuine evil that has been perpetrated by Christians. Amen.

          • Chris Christopher

            An ugly fat white girl who hates white people Western civilization and Christians. Please kill yourself and your children.

          • madihwa

            Do you know what country did not get invaded and overrun by the mongols? So funny! Vietnam! The mongols were coming by water, so the Viets cut down lots of trees, sharpened one end, buried them in the water, pointed ends up. When the mongols sailed in, their ships were torn up. Wily folks, those Vietnamese. Twice they’ve stopped the mightiest war machines in history!

          • Dal

            The Mongols and the British?

          • madihwa

            I just thought it a funny fact worth mentioning. No one could beat the mighty Mongols except one little Asian country who when the chips were down used the only thing they really had in apparently more abundance than the Mongols–brains! It tickles my funny bone! 😀

      • Tom Servo

        You can’t blame great-great-grandma for wanting to hook up with a REAL man, even if he was a bit rough around the edges. Especially after he’d killed every other man in the village, After all, what’s a girl to do?

    • Hosni

      The sentence about Vikings in Britain began with two qualifying words that make it clear to adult readers that the relationship was hypothetical. Those two words were “for example.”

      • Tim C.

        Then a more representative example would be more appropriate, don’t you think?

      • madihwa

        The relationship was not hypothetical. It was genetic. A recent study shows the English to be only 38% English. The rest is Viking, Irish, German and all the other caucasian ethnicities.

  • Chris

    I came from Gilligan’ s Island….haha

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com Stephen Denlinger

    My fore-bearers are from all over Europe, numerous countries, Scotland, England, France, Sweden, Spain, Italy, etc. Tracing them back 1,000 years would result in hundreds (or even thousands) or ancestral homes/villages. I’m guessing that probably 25% of all marriages over the past 1,000 years were between people from different villages/regions/countries. How can the Geographic Population Structure (GPS) test trace it back to one point of origin? I’m clearly missing something.

    • http://www.linkedin.com/in/ablelawrence Able Lawrence

      Absolutely! 1000 years means at least fifty generations and that means 2^50 ancestors. They might be referring to the direct paternal or maternal line.

    • jezeuskrishna

      They are using a bit of hype by saying they can trace your ancestry to one village within the last 1000 years but they can find exactly where your fathers fathers fathers fathers fathers fathers fathers fathers father lived or likewise on your mothers side, what they can’t do is tell you where your mother’s father’s mother’s lineage lived or where your fathers mothers fathers linage lived.

    • madihwa

      If you’re a male and want to go back really far (and have the money to do that), they would go back to your father’s father’s father and so on until they got to the original father. They did something like this on one of those documentary shows several months ago. Presently 23 and me goes back 500 years. If you pay more they can go back 1000 years and they do trace all of your chromosomes under 23 and me and it tells what you are.

      • Ron Ingram

        original father? there’s a point at which only the most prominent people were recorded in any history. Until Gutenberg, there were VERY few bibles b/c they were hand copied. Churches kept some records, but lots of those lost in the centuries.

        • madihwa

          Well, I went a little far with that. I don’t think they could really go that far. I think the original study did that for the human race in general (the original Eve, not certain about the original Adam).

          They can go back awfully far though, especially certain ethnicities. Some Chinese families are recorded back, I think a documentary said one ethnic minority in China had records going back, 2000 years or so. That’s not DNA, of course, that’s names. I think others may have done this also.

          Yes, many records have been lost. My brother has spent many years researching one branch of our family & there’s a certain point at which he can not with certainty connect it with its origins in England because of a courthouse fire which destroyed records.

          Now though we don’t need to rely only on court records, we are also able to research far flung relatives via DNA matches.

  • Don Burton

    So what good does “pinpointing” one set of ancestors do? Does it pick up on my Scot, Welsh, German, or English ancestor? Or maybe Elizabeth Warren’s and my common Cherokee ancestor?

    • jezeuskrishna

      you can test you paternal and maternal line, that’s it. you fathers fathers ect and your mothers mothers.

      • PulSamsara

        and do those two lines actually ‘carry more weight’ in our traits ? or are they just the traceable 2 of millions – but holding no more genetic sway than any others… ?? (actually – been wondering about this.. my guess is no more weight than any of the others – but I haven’t brushed up on my genetics)

        • jezeuskrishna

          Yes the sex chromosomes(x and y) have more genes in them than any other chromosome(alleles) individually(y has more genes than x) but together they only account for 25% of our genes. It is useful in genealogy though, last names are passed down on the male side only in most cultures which makes finding female linage more practical with DNA testing, female linages are usually more static as well meaning that they don’t move around as much, male linages move around more because men are always conquering and slaughtering each other while their women stay at home and they rape the women of the countries they conquer and kill the men so using the X chromosome is very useful for tracing long term exact locations of an ancestor.

          • Herne Webber

            Just some corrections. The X has considerably more genes than the Y, not the reverse. Our two sex chromosomes do *not* “account for 25% of our genes.” The “female line” is traced via the mtDNA, NOT the X chromosome. While the X *does* have a unique pattern of inheritance, every girl gets one from her dad, and then when she makes eggs, usually those Xs have multiple crossover-events, making them just as much a potential jumble as the autosomal chromosomes. The X is only unique compared to the autosomes, because it takes the X longer to get chopped and blended, since guys only have the tips of their sex chromosomes touch and exchange parts of the end of the long arm. The guy’s X that he passes to his daughters is mostly what his mother gave him, with perhaps a tiny piece of one of his male-line female relative’s X at its tip. The region that defines the Y lineage never gets the chance to recombine.

            As to what the three different kinds of inheritance (Y, mt, and autosomal) tell us:

            1) The Y is defined by its terminal mutation. For instance, mine is an E, with the terminal mutation V22, giving the *current* ISOGG definition as E1b1b1a1b2 (arising between 17 and 30kya). We can tell based on tested mutation rates roughly when various male lines had a mutation arise within them, and with enough information, we can even tell sometimes where they came from, and why they moved. The V13s, for instance, my Y-cousins, popped up not in Africa, but the Middle East, a couple-few thousand years after my V22, then it went to SE Europe with the migration of the farming cultures, expanding greatly in the area of Croatia. They’ve been there for several thousand years now, so they look European, because their autosomal DNA has been continually blended over the millenia, to the end that much of the African or Middle Eastern was lost. As a funny aside, Hitler was an E-line (probably the V13).

            2) The mt DNA is gathered from a separate organelle within the cell, thus it is only able to be passed down within the large egg. The sperm has a few for its own power, but they are in the tail, and the VAST majority of them never make it inside the egg. As the cell’s metabolism, mitochondria have a feedback/regulatory relationship with the nuclear DNA. Mutations in mt happen at their own rate, different from nuclear DNA, but also able to be estimated as to when new mutational lines originate. Using me again as an example, my H6a1a arose within the Corded Ware culture somewhere in Poland or Germany during the Bronze Age, among those pre-Teutonic people from the western Eurasian steppes. One of its precursors, HV0, arose in Mesopotamia thousands of years before. See, when we find people with newer or older versions, putting together places with data, we can retrace migrations, and then match them to known (Pre-)Historical events.

            3) The most interesting is the autosomal. Though yes, we can tell today whether someone is Norwegian or not, because there is enough variability to do so, that does NOT validate the idea of “races.” The tiny amount of variability BETWEEN continents contrasts to the ginormous variability WITHIN continents, so while one’s *skin, hair, eyes and slight bone structure* might allow one to LOOK more like a Norwegian, one’s liver genes might look more like a Nigerian’s, one’s lungs more like a Chinese, and one’s immune system like a Neanderthal! The overall intra-continental versus inter-continental *similarity* is why people say ‘race is a social construct,’ while ancestry companies confuse people by telling them they can tell them where their people are from based on their differences, as though those differences are somehow important. They are not; they merely tell you where your people came from, and how long they inbred there before blending with another group. Given this, you CAN tell where your people came from, because clusters of similar mutations or arrangements of Ancestral genes might appear more commonly in one group than another.

            As to whether or not Elizabeth Warren is your relative (Don Burton), you would have to have her tested as well, see if you have segments in common, and then compare your family trees to try to triangulate your Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA). My most distant relative is from a 17th century New England marriage, between a Rice and a Frost. I am descended from one son, while my relative is from their other two sons. Genealogically, she is my double-11th cousin, once removed. But I have assloads of roughly 3rd to 5th cousins on dad’s side who can’t triangulate with me, because of the paucity of my dad’s and usually their family trees. The more people who get tested, the closer I will come to knowing who my paternal bio-gf was.

          • madihwa

            Thank you for the extra info on the sex chromosomes. I have been comparing my granddaughters’ DNA charts and I had been having difficulties with the 23 chromosome. The 2 girls are genetically very dissimilar which makes their charts a lot of fun to compare. They are both part Chinese (along with some other Asian ethnicities since it turned out that grandpa was only 86% Chinese-lol).

            I have been attempting to find out what physical characteristics are on what chromosomes. Some I have found, others I’m still looking for. With the 2 girls looking so different from each other if I knew this I could find out more from the charts.

          • madihwa

            The x chromosome has more genetic material than the y but not as much as the other chromosomes which are responsible for so much more. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on this lately.

    • madihwa

      Have you had a DNA test? The reason I ask this is because almost everyone who thinks they’re part native american also think they’re part Cherokee–and that’s a statistical impossibility.

  • Nick

    I love that. A Viking and a Briton “falling in love”.

    In the 11th century, that was called raping and then there was the subsequent pillaging.

    You are Discover. Why do you prefer to dumb down your audience? Maybe in this day of “Check your privilege” you might want to also mention that the majority of humanity were serfs (i.e., slaves) up until the democratic revolutions in Europe and America. But you would prefer to use a euphemism to describe how genes were mixed after the vikings invaded to actually teaching… Because it might ruin the liberal miseducation agenda.

    • bigjack

      Really, in the 11th century, who was “falling in love” anyway ? Between the raping and pillaging, even amongst elites, marriages were arranged. There was never any choice in the matter, especially for women, of any class.

    • jezeuskrishna

      Stockholm syndrome and it’s not like they just invaded, they lived there for quite a while, look at York or the viking kingdom of Dublin which lasted hundreds of years.

      • http://qr.net/bYwdM

        I’m guessing that probably 25% of all marriages over the past 1,000 years were between people from different villages/regions/countries

    • madihwa

      Well, I’m a liberal and I’ve never looked at it any other way. It’s why I’ve never liked history. Women often had to watch while their fathers, husbands, even little brothers were killed and then they themselves were raped, often killed too. This is human history, violence and brutality.

      • Nick

        Its good to learn history to realize that we lie on the knifes edge between civilization and chaos.

        Wasn’t it Rondney King who asked can’t we all just get along? I admired him for that…

        • madihwa

          Yes, I know what you mean. So true.

          And then there are some who, with so little provocation, will go over the edge.

      • Ron Ingram

        yep, being a man or even a little brother has always been risky. I forget at the moment which muslim country that’s at war considered boys with hairy armpits men and killed them. I don’t remember from that village what was done with women. Nothing good, I’m sure.

  • bigjack

    Interesting but crude. That pretty much describes me when you get right down to it.

  • semperfitillidie

    The test only traces DNA not emotions, so how anyone can tell if the ancestors were “in love” or not is a real mystery? Besides, back in those day most marriages were arranged and love had nothing to do with it and in the case of the Britons and Viking, a power over sort of “relationship” was far from loving!

  • PulSamsara

    “…a Viking and Briton falling in love after Vikings invaded Britain in the 11th century”

    or … there IS another possible scenario here… hmmm… no… probable.

  • Ali Dali

    Britons where the people who inhabited England and Wales at the time the Saxons, jutes and angles began their incursions!!
    It was the Anglo Saxon kingdoms of Northumbria, Mercia, kent and Wessex who dwelt In England and dalriada (scktland) and Wales as well!! :)
    “Britons” where all but gone or assimilated at that point. The welsh, and the Picts (that wernt “saxonised” that is) were the last remnants!

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  • Valerie Carter

    How could you not fall in love with a Viking?

    • madihwa

      ……..who had just murdered all the males in your family? I guess that would depend on how you felt toward them & then on whether or not the Vikings first raped you.

  • Ray Barton

    A query on what my dna would tell me if both my mothers parents were born in Scotland but what if their parents were all Scandinavian. Would that then cancel any Scottish dna for me?

  • Willy Wonka

    Amazing and mind blowing what scientists can do today with DNA. With global (every person alive) DNA collected they will have the ability to design all kinds of viruses to target a specific family tree with inherited disease that deliver corrected DNA payloads to cure the problems. And what a brilliant tool for military use with designer viruses to target and destroy selected regional ethnic groups… Trusting strangers with your DNA code is like asking a stranger to mind your house and car key.

    • madihwa

      Actually decades ago I read a sci-fi novel like that. They’d designed one to kill Han Chinese. Wonder what they’d do with the rest of the Chinese–or with the ones who live in the rest of the world–or with my half Han children–OR with the fact that many Han Chinese are not even pure Chinese. My husband’s not. He’s 86% Chinese. I don’t remember who the author of the book was. If I came across a book like that again though, I’d give the author h**l! That was probably 50 years or so ago.

  • Herb Johnson

    Three different DNA searches have me originating from three different continents. Diversity is a given but this disparity is unlikely. Shoulda gone to a psychic.

    • madihwa

      Sounds about like what happened to my daughter-in-law’s mom. She’s very tall, bony, as typical a Scot as you could ask for. Crazy DNA test said she was 100% Greek! My daughter-in-law tested as 0% Greek! We figure somewhere some Greek woman received the surprising news that she was Scots.

  • Abused by the State

    Rollo? Why didn’t you mention Eystein Glumra Ivarson. 80% of people in Europe are descended from him.

  • Abused by the State

    To add to this “mangy de tuaaaaaaaa” This DNA test can trace your line back to King Richard III. { also supposedly decsended from “ROLLO”} And it will also prove that King Richard III’s father was not a PLANTAGENET. oooopppppps ! The Queen is such a blue blooded half blood.

  • Abused by the State

    Well lt’s see, 60% western europe, 17% scandinavia {wow I actually am relaited to Rollo}, 2% british isles. 15% places from bible pages, 4% from Otto the neanderthal from a cave in Brest Brittany. LOL

  • Abused by the State

    Yes, I’m really bored and can’t sleep. Probably because of the Neanderthal DNA.

  • Enough Already

    My wife was the Italian in the family until we did the dna test. Im more Italian than she is. Never knew my father. Nobody would believe it. Lol

  • Steve Dwyer

    Has anyone gotten celebrities who they were related to between 4th cousin to like 21st? I got Lucille ball as a 13th and Christina Applegate from Married with Children as a 7th cousin

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  • Dr. Abe Longhaul

    Going back a 1000 years every person has had around 30 generations of ancestors. 2 to the power of 30 gives a bit over 1 Billion ancestors. That’s a lot of villages to pinpoint – even if we assume we’re all a bunch of inbreds. It wouldn’t surprise my if the number of successful pinpoints are considerably smaller than your actual ancestors.


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