We are in lockdown currently in New Zealand, so I have been busy researching online. I received my DNA results from AncestryDNA via their Australian site (as closer to New Zealand). I chose this service because I thought they might be more likely to state my percentage of Maori than 23andMe. I was also interested in this test because it goes back to more recent history (hundreds of years rather than tens of thousands of yeras) and takes into account maternal and paternal ancestry. Some tests are more ancient (vikings etc) and only give partial information.
My mood was quite low with the lockdown, so I felt cheered up when the results arrived (something to do that was different).
The image is a brief summary - I have a more detailed breakdown with 7 world regions with lists of which countries etc. The regions under 5%, I am taking with a grain of salt (like 2% Swedish). What I had been told by my parents was it was thought I was a mixture of Maori, English, Scottish, Irish from one parent and Dutch, German from the other but it was thought that that my Oma's family weren't from Germany, but from Prussia. 4% was from Germanic Europe but the low percentages have more uncertainty.
My DNA has more Maori than expected (25%), although in Maori culture, it doesn't matter how much Maori DNA - "if you're Maori, you're Maori". But because I inherited also lighter skin from a European parent, it's not obvious that I'm Maori (people assume I'm Italian).
I identify as a Kiwi (New Zealander) and European and Maori on forms. I have mixed ancestry and I feel annoyed when people try to have me choose to only identify with part of my ancestry and reject other parts.
The 30% England and Northwestern Europe included both expected English and Dutch ancestry, although the test was unable to distinguish. 13% Scottish is expected from one of my parents (more than I expected). Two of my great-grandparents (my Nana's parents) were Scottish Maoris.
There was no Irish, so either it's not there from stories, or I didn't inherit any. Eastern European ancestry was a bit of a surprise but I'm guessing that's from my Oma (from Germany). My Opa was from hundreds of generations in Holland.
There were low percentages of 3 other places that have low certainly (in or near Europe) - they have never been mentioned in any family stories (other than Germany), so I don't read too much into them.
Ancestry DNA has indicated some people with some DNA in common. The closest person has an 8% match and also has Scottish and Maori ancestry, said to be likely a 2nd cousin (didn't know her). We have briefly communicated and suspect which side of the family related, but don't know how.
Some people who are interested in building family trees use that part of the website (an extra fee). I was more interested in the DNA aspect, so purchased a kit when they had a promotion with a discount. Was just a matter of activating online, spitting into a tube, putting in the return package provided and returning.
I can deduce which parts are from which of my parents based on what they have told me plus which parts match with the other closest related people on AncestryDNA. I can estimate that 12% English ancestry (if make up the Scottish and Maori to 50%). One grandfather came from England. So estimate 18% ancestry from Netherlands.
If I were to break down my estimates combined with what I know, I would estimate:
If my sisters were to do the same test, they would likely have different percentages. Even though we inherit 50% of DNA from each parent, it depends on what combinations we inherit. So I don't know whether one parent has some Irish ancestry and I didn't inherit any Irish DNA or whether it's not there at all.
23andMe is apparently more focused to the Northern part of the world and I don't think they break down categories into Maori. Will have different algorithms etc.
Was just a bit of curiosity to how family stories vs genetics match up. Most people find this to be a bit of fun but some are shocked if find out that they have a different parent or other family members.
I have gone onto do some analysis into medical risks and traits. Will write another blog post about this, especially regarding some conditions I have already been diagnosed with (like bipolar disorder).
Xanthe finds creative expression including writing and painting to be therapeutic and helps her to manage her diagnoses of bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).