My Ethnicity Test Results through Ancestry DNA

(This was the first DNA testing I’ve had done, followed by two others which I cover in other articles to come. Did you know that “the hobby of people seeking their genetics, is the 2nd most popular following gardening?” – Spencer Wells: Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Texas and PhD in Biology, Harvard.)
I did ethnicity testing through the ancestry.com company, plus two more I will also post articles about, that show me having less British/Irish and more of other ethnicities listed in this first article. Ancestry.com has a U.S. testing lab that is purported to be near 100% accurate in determining ethnicities, using many 100s of 1,000s of DNA markers. The program is headed by PhD scientists specializing in genomics and bioinformatics. People provide vials of saliva mixed with a stabilizing/preserving solution and they then send the sample to the DNA testing lab. The testing analysis is for maternal and paternal ethnicity via “Autosomal DNA”. Formerly, testing labs offered only Y-chromosome or Mitochondrial DNA testing which only gave paternal or maternal analysis but labs have developed new methods for now testing both sides (your Father and Mother DNA) simultaneously.

The test results shown for me were that I’m of 47% Great Britain ethnicity and 27% Ireland (These percentages are significantly too high according to 2 other tests I took, following this one). Keep in mind that I had only had this test described below (the Ancestry Company one) when the following article-body was written. So, you will hear me describe generally the next two tests I would be getting as well (23andme and National Geographic’s 2.0 Next Generation), with results by article later. I will have those articles up on these other test results soon.

I will be getting re-tested through a different DNA lab, toward the end of September, 2015. This first test left me a 4th (26%) of my ethnicity from elsewhere, which they determined the origins of on my remaining test results, that I will list following. I was disappointed that my rumored Native American DNA was simply not there on this particular test (at the time of taking my tests, I did not know that Native American can show up as Asian). I believe the test results I will obtain in late September 2015 may show otherwise and if so, I will explain why I believe a new test will show a small percent of American Indian. I have an MD cousin – a historian who tediously and systematically traced my “Lowance” surname ancestry, to the family of “Saint Lawrence of Rome” (“Lawrence” being the Latin version of Lowrance). Our ancestors were of either Italy, France or Spain (likely a mix). The name “Lowrance”, literally means “Man of Laurentum” – a city on the west coast of the Italian Peninsula southwest of Rome, “the original capital of the Latins” according to Wikipedia. It turns out that other parts of my slightly more ancient DNA ethnicity, does indeed include Italy, France and Spain These are areas the ancestry DNA testing people circled analytically, on European maps – one of which showed Italy centrally, another showing Spain centrally and a third showing France centrally. France, Spain and Italy are also encompassed/included on the analytical maps of ‘Great Britain’, ‘Italy’, ‘The Iberian Peninsula’ and ‘Europe West’.

With these inclusions, this raises Spain (mapped 3 times), France (Mapped 4 times) and Italy (mapped 5 times) as origins of my ancestry, to a higher level. So, am I part Spaniard, French or Italian? …Probably all three but most of my DNA is British and Irish, with Scandinavian and Finn/Finland being included (NOTE: My 3rd test showed only 45% British/Irish combined, which will be posed in a future article as previously mentioned). NOW ORIGINAL ARTICLE-BODY CONTINUES: There is a small amount of Asian mixed in as well – 2%. My Reaction to the Analytical Ethnicity Maps The 2% Asian DNA, with the analytical map showing India centrally and a large area of West China was a surprise! My highest percent ethnicity is Great Britain as mentioned previously, which didn’t surprise me. France and part of Italy are also within the circle of the Great Britain analytical map, while these same countries are highlighted-centrally on others, which I found interesting and exciting. This was true of other maps as well, some of which also included Spain (highlighted centrally on one of the ethnicity maps).

I called the ancestry DNA testing people and they said even lighter-highlighted, circled areas represent actual DNA ethnicity. So, even Great Britain adds more French and Italian into the mix, being within the circled areas of my DNA. These countries are on the other mapped DNA areas as well (e.g. ‘Europe West’ and ‘Iberian Peninsula’), the latter two mentioned, also showing ‘Spain’ and ‘Italy’ again. I felt that the combination of these facts showed very interesting ancestry in my background. Some people might say “but no one has that many ethnicities”, however, some of these ethnic groups likely go back 100s or even 1,000s of years in my family tree. My very small amount of Asian Indian DNA (2%) could have easily been a British soldier ancestor who married an Asian woman.

There was rapid expansion of British power through the greater part of the Indian subcontinent in the early 19th century. The Italian, European-Spanish, French, Scandinavian and Finland also likely go further back in my ancestry than does my UK and Irish DNA. Regardless, I still have some of the DNA from those ancestors, who over time. Migrated to different countries, intermarrying with these different ethnic groups. They eventually settled in Britain and Ireland for a long period of time and then on to the United States. I am a Caucasian-American (a typical white guy) although some of my ancestors were somewhat darker-skinned people (e.g. Italian/Greek, Spaniard and Asian-Indian).
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