Living DNA Results Part 1

I took another DNA test recently put out by a company call Living DNA. They worked with a study called People of the British Isles to more completely map out the genetic variations found over the British Isles. This is the first test that attempts to show you where in Britain you originate.

One of the most irritating things about my genetic make-up is that it is a huge black hole called 87% British Isles on Ancestry. First off, the typical native of Great Britain only shows up as 60% British. How the heck did I get to 87%?  Especially since the majority of my lines go back to colonial times. Secondly, both my wife and I test as 4% Irish according to Ancestry. My son shows up as 16%. I’m not sure how he can be more Irish than his mother and I combined.

With all of that uncertainly in my life, I plunked down another chunk of change on this new test. My first impression is that I like it. It gives you a lot of information for the price.

Here are the main sections of the report. I copied these directly off the Living DNA page so you can see what they provide. Part 1 is the Y DNA and Mitochodrial Results –

Fatherline (Y-DNA) History

Haplogroup: R-U106
Subclade: R-L1

The Genetic Migration of your Fatherline

Our analysis show us your haplogroup is R-U106. It is a descendant of the peoples of the Rhineland and the Low Countries. They first reached Britain with the arrival of the greatest revolution in our human history – the coming of farming. However, more of your Germanic DNA marker likely came to Britain with the first Viking attacks in the late 8th and early 9th centuries.

Haplogroups can be associated with geographic regions, and can also be used to trace the ancient migrations of early humans.

This map shows where your haplogroup is most commonly found today. It’s important to note that we are using maps with modern nation states as they are the most familiar, however there will be overlap in surrounding areas, as they are politically created borders that become lines on a map. Frequencies are mere estimates from published literature. Please therefore use these as a guide and for information purposes but understand their limitations.

  • Netherlands 30%
  • Germany 21%
  • England 20%
  • Denmark 20%
  • South Germany 19%
  • Scotland 18%
  • Norway 13%
  • Switzerland 13%
  • Poland 7%
  • France 7%
  • North Italy 6%
  • Wales 5%
  • Ireland 5%
  • Spain 3%
  • Hungary 3%
  • South Italy 1%
  • Russia

Motherline (mtDNA) History

Haplogroup: H1
Subclade: H1b

The Genetic Migration of your Motherline

Haplogroup H is predominantly European, originating before the last glacial maximum.

Your motherline H1 is a daughter of maternal lineage H–the most commonly found signature in Europe. H1, in turn, is the most common subclade (daughter branch) of H in western Europe.

Your motherline haplogroup is a collection of related family lines you are connected to through your mtDNA. It is a direct female line you can trace back along your entire ancestry. You share a common ancient ancestor with all the people who share your haplogroup.

Haplogroups can be associated with geographic regions, and are also used to trace the ancient migrations of early humans.

This map shows where your haplogroup is most commonly found today. It’s important to note that we are using maps with modern nation states as they are the most familiar, however there will be overlap in surrounding areas, as they are politically created boarders that become lines on a map.

Frequencies are mere estimates from published literature. Please therefore use these as a guide and for information purposes but understand their limitations.

  • Basque 28%
  • Portugal 26%
  • Cantabria 24%
  • Andalusia 24%
  • Morocco 20%
  • Spain 19%
  • Sweden 18%
  • Norway 18%
  • Galicia 18%
  • Sardinia 18%
  • Finland 18%
  • Denmark 18%
  • Estonia 17%
  • United Kingdom 16%
  • Ireland 16%
  • Slovakia 15%
  • Russia 14%
  • Volga-Ural-Finno Ugric 14%
  • Catalonia 14%
  • Tunisia 13%
  • France 12%
  • North Italy 12%
  • Tuscany 11%
  • Hungary 11%
  • Czech Republic 11%
  • Austria 11%
  • Sicily 10%
  • Ukraine 10%
  • North Caucasus 9%
  • Romania 9%
  • Netherlands 9%
  • South Italy 9%
  • Poland 9%
  • Croatia 8%
  • Macedonia 7%
  • Greece 6%
  • Germany 6%
  • Balkan 5%
  • Lebanon 4%
  • Turkey 3%
  • Daghestan 3%
  • Albania 3%
  • Lithuania 2%
  • Iraq 2%
  • Ossetia 2%
  • Jordan 2%
  • Armenia 2%
  • Georgia

These are completely accurate based on other tests that I’ve taken. It’s amazing that they provide this level of information in one test…especially for the price. If you are of European descent and you don’t really care about building family trees and all that, this one test will give you the most comprehensive amount of information on your origins that is available today.

Now onto the real meat and potatoes of this test – the global, regional and subregional results based on autosomal data. Living DNA Results Part 2

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