Family HIstory

DNA Test Results Redux

  • January 22, 2019

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The DNA results have been updated as of 5 January 2019 from 23andMe and they seem more in line with what has been published previously by relatives on the Blashill side and what we have been finding in the Ukrainian archives in Lviv/Ternopil Oblasts. This is not to say that the MyHeritage results were inaccurate (they did have a very cool map display), but the 23andMe analysis is much more detailed and scientifically oriented – if one needs to go there. There are maps, that we originally characterized as “graphically challenged” but since then they’ve been updated and improved.

So let’s get started. One of the cool things about the 23andMe reporting is what they call “haplogroups” — one for Mom (mitochondrial DNA) and a second for Dad (Y Chromosome).

“A haplogroup is a family of maternal or paternal lineages that descend from a common ancestor. The global distribution of haplogroups sheds light on the origins of some of our ancient ancestors and on their migrations over tens of thousands of years.”

As you can see from the haplogroup feature image above, my — or I should say — our ancestors, traced back from 20,000 to 35,000 years ago, had migrated from Northern and Eastern Africa to the Near East (now called the Middle East) and into Europe. Since we all come from Africa no matter what our genetic origins are — unless we are Neanderthals — this is to be expected, hence it is good to have it scientifically validated. Just click on this image and scroll through the gallery images it produces to view the analyses. Hit your browser back button to return to this page.

DNA Analysis

So what have the recently modified results of my DNA tests revealed? Well the updated analyses disclose the we Babijs match similar DNA found in nearly 43% of those tested from Eastern Poland and Western Ukraine; 21% of those tested from Germany and France; 15% of the respondents from the UK and Ireland; and the rest generally from other parts of Europe, Iberia and The Baltic region. See the graphics below for the “specifics”.

Another useful feature of the 23andMe analysis especially for those unlike us whom haven’t yet completed a family tree is an Ancestry Timeline, depicting graphically the date ranges for one’s immediate forbears from two to eight generations back several centuries ago.

Ancestry Timeline

Via the Geni.com family tree, we can trace the Blashills back to the early 18th Century; but the Babij/Chuda line only to the late 18th [so far]. Check out the blogs we’ve posted subsequent to the visits to The Old Country in 2017 and 2018 and learn more about our Eastern/Northern European heritage.

I recently tried FamilyTreeDNA, opting for their Y-Chromosome DNA test. The results were disappointing at best, arcane, cryptic and way too general for any germane analysis. One is presented with a table showing probability results for DNA matches worldwide and a map — ours centered on Europe — where others using their service reside. Conclusion? It’s a complete waste of money, so don’t bother. Plus, 23andMe has been providing regular updates so be sure to keep pinging back.

Albeit, here is the latest hot-off-the-press DNA analysis. Just click on the images to expand them. Enjoy and comments are always welcome.

TDL.

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