Saturday, February 11, 2017

How Do My Known Ancestral Places of Birth Correspond to My DNA Results?

In my last post entitled Where Were They Born I looked at the birthplaces of 5 generations of my ancestors. Since many of my ancestors have been in the US for many generations, how far back would I need to go to find countries of origin?  Then I wondered how the origins of my ancestors would match my DNA results?
Family Birth Location chart:
Family Birth Location chart
Family Tree DNA Results:

Ancestry results:
Reviewing the information:
  • Many of my ancestral lines have been in the US for at least 10 generations.
  • A good percentage of my ancestors born in the United States were born in the state of New York.
  • I knew that many ancestral lines of mine came from England on my paternal side (Great Britain/British Isles) so these results confirm this.
  • I only know of one ancestor who was born in Sweden (Scandinavia). 
  • I’m not sure where the Southern European/ Iberian Peninsula DNA is from?  Interesting.
  • I expected some German/Luxembourg ancestry in my genes but am not seeing any?
Well, I definitely have more research to do and some more questions to answer.

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,


  1. What a great idea, asking this question. I'm anxious to see what else you turn up. I wasn't at all surprised by my DNA results, as I'd already done enough research to know that just 3 to 4 generations ago my ancestors came to the U.S. However....I have several brick walls and haven't taken them back "over the pond" yet. I like how you presented everything.

  2. Thank-you Diane. It's interesting how the visual representation of the information gives you a different perspective.