Deep Past DNA Report (Free example)

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Deep Past DNA Report

Compiled by Mark Connolly for ‘Margaret-Jane Heritage’


I’m delighted to say I’ve had much success in tracing your ancestry far beyond what you knew on first contact. Your tree has grown from the dozen direct ancestors you provided to over 100. The earliest confirmed direct relatives are in the late 16th century; generally that’s about as much as you can hope for with DNA verification of ancestors. The details are in the report below.


DNA Summary

Exploring your DNA can be a lengthy, frustrating and even disappointing business if you don’t know how to get the most from these state-of-the-art services. I’ve used my professional skills to find everything you need to know so you don’t waste countless hours. My DNA discoveries complement and go far beyond what is available on Ancestry. I have however made sure you receive maximum benefit from the services they do provide. I’ve done this by making it far easier for you to explore what they offer. Your DNA matches are now linked to individual ancestors in your tree and in groups based on shared direct ancestors.

All common ancestors with shared DNA are CAPITALISED . I’ve also created colour coded family groups of your shared common ancestors so you can easily explore further
(The link above would take you to your common ancestors so you can explore your closest relatives going back up to 5 generations. Building the colour coded groups takes skill and considerable time without experience)
As of Ancestry’s latest update you do not have localised DNA regions of Britain. Experience with other clients suggests this is because your DNA is more recent than those of indigenous Britons who inhabited the island after the last ice age. The majority of your ancestors were however probably living on the island by 900 AD, otherwise your DNA would be very different. AncestryDNA is not specific enough at this stage to provide greater detail on your deep roots, however I have had great success opening up your family origins elsewhere. Before I get to that I have to get the legal bit out the way:

In your DNA agreement you authorised the secure upload of your DNA to additional services you selected in order to provide far greater detail on your origins. As per your selected options in your DNA agreement, your uploaded DNA has been wiped from these additional services now that my investigation is complete. Okay, back to the fun bits!

Your Ancient History

Your earliest traceable DNA ancestors do not descend from the first settlers in Britain after the last ice age, but according to FamilyTreeDNA’s ancientOrigins they largely migrated from the same places in Europe – they just didn’t move over from the continent until thousands of years later, giving them a very different culture.

GedMATCH (below) uses university based researchers worldwide to dig even deeper into the early regional origins of your ancient ancestors. The majority of your Hunter Gatherer ancestors were from the Baltic, your Early Farmers mainly from the Mediterranean rather than Anatolia (central Turkey). Most Early Farmer DNA in Britain is from Anatolia, further proof your people arrived later.

Most of your early DNA centres around the coastal settlements of the North Sea and Atlantic coasts of Europe. You also have notable ancient ancestry from the Mediterranean Early Farmers and Neolithic ‘Celts’.
The greatest clues to your deep origins however are to be found in your regional DNA within Britain; they prove beyond doubt that most of your traceable DNA ancestors descend from early Anglo-Saxon settlers

Your British DNA

Studies show that most British and Irish people with deep ancestry there are still living within the boundaries of the 6th century kingdoms of their ancestors. The evidence was first compiled by Oxford University’s People of the British Isles Project – the world’s first localised DNA study. LivingDNA uses their datasets to breaks your DNA down into 21 regions of Britain.

The first things to note above is the huge hole in your DNA in regions dominated by Ancient Britons but even more critically the big chunk of empty space in middle England (the Midlands). It correspondents with the Saxon kingdom of Mercia. Your lack of DNA there is likely due to rivalry with Wessex to the south and the ‘Great Heathen Army’ of vikings who conquered Mercia in the late 800s.

Jutes, Angles and Saxons

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The Jutes & Angles arrived 400-500 followed by Saxons 500-700 and Danish led Vikings 860-1066

Your early ancestors certainly didn’t care much for Mercia! The reasons are clear from the map above showing your DNA regions being annexed one by one. They did re-emerge independent later before being incorporated into Wessex, Mercia’s longtime rival. Wessex eventually took over Mercia, defeated the Vikings and uniting England as one country shortly before the Normans (who left little DNA) invaded and knocked the Anglo-Saxon English off their totem pole. Below, your LivingDNA results in the lower Southeastern portion of England are compared to the historical settlements of the area. The darker the colour, the stronger your ancestry.
Your strongest DNA above is in Kent, Surrey & the Isle of Wight These are the earliest Jute & Saxon settlements. These areas were among the first to be settled by non-Britons after the Roman legions withdrew in 410. Many settlers were Germanic Roman soldiers or mercenaries who already knew the country well. They helped re-establish order and seem to have been accepted as leaders without much bloodshed. Things were very different once the Dark Ages were in full swing; the retreat of law-and-order and Christianity on the continent led later arrivals to be considered ‘godless barbarians’ even though they shared closely related tongues and ancestry.

East Anglia was split between the North Folk and the South Folk, names that live on today as Norfolk and Suffolk. The origins of Angles is Germanic and it would eventually morph into English. It also lives on today in anglers – Angles were renowned as excellent fishermen. It is here that the Jutes were among the first to land after the Romans withdrew.
The only other part of your southern England DNA (Anglo-Saxon) worthy of note is in Devon where your DNA is much higher than the surrounding areas. This could be because the area was eventually invaded by genetically linked Danes- those left behind after the much earlier migration of your Jutes and Angles. Your only recorded relatives are in neighbouring Cornwall; the DNA signatures of people in Devon and Cornwall are radically different, probably because Cornwall resisted the various invasions for much longer.

All the links below would be clickable in your real report and lead to shared DNA matches with known great grandparents DNA verified and matched by records added to your professionally built family tree
Above: From Warwickshire to early settlers in Meaford, Ontario
Above: From Cornwall to Peel County, Ontario
Above: From Cambridgeshire, great grandfather to your grandfather who moved from Southwalk, central London to xxxx, Ontario
Earliest DNA confirmed direct xxxx ancestor from Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire

Your Northumbrian, North & South(Elmet) Yorkshire relatives were separated from their Southern cousins by the ‘Great Heathen Army‘ of Danish-led Vikings in the 9th century. Your Scottish DNA at just over 10% represents the next biggest single chunk of your DNA after East Anglia. Your Scottish DNA correspondents to the former British kingdom of Strathclyde which was cut off from the rest of Britain for centuries during Roman rule but still traded extensively with Roman Britain. Further north you have DNA from the old heartland of the Pictish kingdom famed Europe wide for preventing Roman rule in what became Scotland.
xxxxx Hodgson came from Durham (Northumberland) to Owen Sound. His father arrived before him and worked at the xxxxx in Ontario’s Haldimand County. xxxxx Gowland’s ancestors also came from Durham but had been in Canada for a few generations, moving to Owen Sound area from xxxxx.

From Aberdeenshire to Ontario
Your Scottish ancestors were Lowlanders. Your only traceable Scottish ancestors lived for many generations in Aberdeenshire. This region was far wealthier than the Highlands, and while different in character from the governing regions of south/central Scotland, remained a key part of the Scottish Kingdom that existed from the late 800s to 1707.

From Bavarian to ‘Volga Germans’

Your German DNA on Ancestry is largely unspecific. Your one region with strong locational DNA matches your earliest known German ancestor in Bavaria before migration for generations to Russia where they were Volga German.

Your Northwest Germanic DNA is probably connected to your Anglo, Jute and Saxon ancestors who migrated centuries ago to Britain. Your South Germanic – involving the ancestors below – is much more recent and therefore much stronger.
From Rosenberg, Saratov, Russia to Rhein, Saskatchewan Both were ethnic Germans living in Saratov, Russia all their lives. xxxxx was a first generation Volga German, his father xxxxx Stricker moved to the region from Roth, Bavaria. xxxx’s parents are unverifiable at this time.

Your DNA in North America

Your Living DNA matches

MyHeritage DNA matches by country listed below

That concludes the findings from your Deep Past report. I hope it provides answers and insights that are of use to you and your family. Thanks again for your trust, any questions let me know.

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