|23andMe results showing 63% Northern European|
|AncestryDNA results, circled percentages add up to 63%|
But if I consider my AncestryDNA percentage ranges in comparison to the other companies, I might see some more consistencies.
- British: 55% - range 36-76%
- German: 5% - range 0-20%
- Scandinavian (incl. 1% Finland/NW Russia): 3% - range 0-11%
- British: 0%
- German: 26%
- Scandinavian (incl. 3% Finland & Northern Siberia): 37%
- British: 16.7%
- German: 17.4%
- Scandinavian: 4.6%
- Broadly Northern European: 24.3%
|FTDNA results, circled percentages add up to 63%|
So let's assume that because my British results are so much lower with FTDNA and 23andMe, that it's actually the lowest percentage which AncestryDNA gives me: 36%. The highest results for German with AncestryDNA is not far off of what the other two companies estimate so we'll go with 20%. To make 63%, that leaves Scandinavian with 7%, which makes sense because it's within the small range AncestryDNA estimated for Scandinavian and not far off the percentage 23andMe gave.
So, all things considered, I may be:
- British: 36%
- German: 20%
- Scandinavian: 7%
- Italian: 37%
It also all makes sense regarding my family tree as well. I have one grandparent who was Italian so on paper I would be 25% Italian. Since we actually inherit ethnicities randomly, 37% is realistically not far from that. I also had one great grandparent who was Norwegian, making me 12.5% Scandinavian and 7% is not too dissimilar. As for British and German, it would have been impossible to calculate since I have so many branches of both of them (it's safe to say most of my branches are British or German), many dating back to colonial times. But knowing that of the most recent immigrants, I had one German 3rd great grandparent and two British 3rd great grandparents, it makes perfect sense that my British results (36%) would be a little higher than German (20%), but not by too much.
It's probably not a very scientific way to determine your percentage break down! But there's some sense to it and it's better than just saying 63% Northern European.