Last week Ancestry updated my Ethnicity Estimate. As more data becomes available your DNA results can be recalculated to better reflect your genetic makeup.
Ancestry lets you know that ‘Your DNA doesn’t change, but our science does.’
Here you can see my Ethnicity Estimate from early this year on the left and the current one on the right. You can see that my percentage of England, Wales & Northwestern Europe has shrunk a little bit.
So what has changed to make this happen?
Ancestry has better defined the areas that make up England, Wales & Northwestern Europe.
With my original estimate I was surprised that I did not have any Germanic Europe in my results. My Mother had 26% Germanic Europe and for my Father it was 3%. I knew that the Germanic Europe from my Mother comes from Switzerland, France and the area of Germany along the French border. You can see here that this region is still showing up in England, Wales and Northwestern Europe.
Here you can see the full list for the Ethnicity Estimate. Basically 4% was spun off to Germanic Europe and 2% was added to Ireland & Scotland.
Here you also see Migrations and they fit in exactly with what I know about my ancestry through years of genealogy research.
The Pennsylvania Dutch Country Settlers is my 1/4 Amish ancestry as well as a few other minor branches of the family.
Here are the maps of my DNA results. You can see that the borders are a little more precise in the new update. This is because they only show the base region and not the extended regions.
The small orange circle in Europe is the Amish heartland and I should have close to 25% of my DNA from there.
With only 4% of my DNA showing up as Germanic Europe the other Amish DNA percentage must come from the Northwestern Europe included with England and Wales.
You can see that the region of Northwestern Europe includes the areas in France, Switzerland and Germany where the Amish lived prior to their immigration to the US.
See: Amish Origins
I am actually a bit surprised that they cannot be more precise with showing the Amish DNA as they have access to well documented and extensive family trees that show where the Amish lived and how they are connected.
Perhaps in the next update they will have more precise data based on ThruLines.