Ancestry discussion to be held at library

September 13, 2017 by  

A discussion on DNA and ancestry is coming up at the Deerfield Public Library.

The library’s education and technology librarian, Anne Jamieson, will manage the talk. Having researched her own lineage, she will disclose her results and guide participants on how they can do the same, how to interpret the results, and how to tell if the information is accurate.

What the tests showed surprised Jamieson as she assumed she was Celtic, Polish, and French. It turns out she is Finnish and has a few ancestors of an Ashkenazi background.

Although she took a total of three tests, the results were all different, but each said that 40% of her genealogy came from the British Isles. Ancestry.com said she was 30% from both Eastern and Western Europe. The ancestry organization 23andMe came back with 39% Eastern European, 20% Western European, and 11% Finnish. My Heritage said she was 32% Eastern European, 8% Finnish, and 20% from the Iberian Peninsula such as Spain or Portugal. Ancestry.com is the only one that did not disclose her 1.5% lineage of Ashkenazi Jewish.

According to Jamieson, the tests cannot be guaranteed to be completely accurate but are a good starting point for looking at the history of the right countries. She added that families often reveal other family members living in other parts of the world.

The discussion will take place tomorrow, September 14, at 6:00 pm. Research into genealogy often leads to the development of family trees, which can be given an authentic touch by a print company.

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