When I decided to take a genetic DNA test to see if I had anything I didn’t know about hiding in my background, I had no reason not to trust AncestryDNA.com. Even when it came back saying I was 83% Scandinavian, I was confused but not necessarily doubting. After all, even though my family claims to be Scotch, English, Irish, German, and Bohemian, it’s always possible that ancestors came to those places from other areas. However, I’m now thinking that I can’t trust anything that AncestryDNA.com says.
After all, they originally said that my DNA tests showed that I was 83% Scandinavian with various areas of Europe (including areas such as England and Czechoslovakia) mixed in and about 5% unidentified. Then, all of a sudden, they changed how something was done on their site and I was 100% European with only 2% Scandinavian.
That’s right. Based on whatever update, they now list me as 65% Great Brittain (England, Scotland, Wales) and 25% Europe East (Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina) with trace regions of 4% Europe West (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein), 3% Ireland (Ireland, Wales, Scotland), 2% Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark), and 1% Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal).
What does it mean? Well, clearly it means that I can’t trust anything AncestryDNA.com says, even if this fits more with my family history than the previously listed results. After all, even figuring out that 5% they said they hadn’t pinned down before shouldn’t change me from 83% Scandinavian to 2% Scandinavian. The only thing that does that is poor DNA analysis.
We won’t even talk about the changes they made to what they report of my wife’s DNA profile. Believe me, though, that doesn’t make much more sense.
I’m not trying to bash them here, but this is a pretty big result change without any apology for apparently gumming up the results before. This is far more likely than me being 83% Scandinavian, but if I can’t trust the results of their DNA tests…why the heck do they sell them? I could have had someone make stuff up for free.
Obviously, I’m not real pleased with them right now.