I sent my test to national geographic last week. They notified me yesterday they now have the sample.

I hope there will be some detail. I can compare it with the Ancestry.com test, which I did last year, and had some strange and not too convincing results.

Nat Geo says it will take 6 to 8 weeks. Anxious to see what happens.


Update.  Here is the result.  9.2.14

  • 43%

    Northern European

  • 38%


  • 18%

    Southwest Asian



Northern European

This component of your ancestry is found at highest frequency in northern European populations—people from the UK, Denmark, Finland, Russia and Germany in our reference populations. While not limited to these groups, it is found at lower frequencies throughout the rest of Europe. This component is likely the signal of the earliest hunter-gatherer inhabitants of Europe, who were the last to make the transition to agriculture as it moved in from the Middle East during the Neolithic period around 8,000 years ago.

Note: In some cases regional percentages may not total 100%.

The reference populations for me are British and German, which fits the family lore that I was told.  Reference population does not mean someone is British or German, just they share similar DNA in similar proportions. 


As for ancient progenitors....

Your Hominin Ancestry

(60,000 Years Ago & Older)

2.3% Neanderthal

2.7% Deinsovian

Looks like averages are 2.1% for each, making me a little more Neanderthal and Denisovian than average.  That explains why....  I don't know.  What attributes do those hominims have that I can claim?

Maternal line H1C1 = 06% of all participants.

Paternal line G-CTS11352 = 0.5% of all participants.

Looks like at this point there are  678,632 Participants

H1C1 is described as "most common near its ancestral homeland in Norway, where it is about 2 percent of maternal lineages".   In my readings, Viking invasion of Great Britain and Ireland resulted in significant mixing - violence and intermarriage and slavery - so that is possible.  Except - I would expect that from the paternal, not maternal line.  My mother told me she had ancestors from UK, Ireland, and somewhere in Germany.  None of that was certain.

I cant find a description of the paternal line.  Maybe it's not common enough to be described.


This has similarities, but not identical, to the Ancestry.com result.  The explanations are better.

Kind of interesting to me.

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Good for you Sentient Biped. Keep us posted.

I placed my result in the original post.  I likes this result better than the one from ancestry.com.

In neither case, do you get to know, say, what % german, french, african, spanish, etc that you are.

They also have a transfer to "Family Tree DNA" which I guess adds more info.  Results to be sent in one day.

Very interesting Sentient Biped. I also have significant Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA (even more than you). I suppose that's normal for Europeans. It's also interesting that Europeans have so much Southwest Asian in them (my understanding is that the average Germen is 17% SW Asian). Science is going to learn a lot from DNA analyses.

Thanks John.

I don't know what to make of that Southwest Asian.  I wonder if it's somehow the other way around, that there was a migration from Europe to SW Asia, or a migration that split, with some going to Europe and others going to SW Asia, which would mean there is shared ancestry, but not necessarily a migration west.

I looked up Denisovian.  Apparently, there are no skeletons or skulls, only one phalanx from one finger?  I need to study that some more. 

All Europeans have a substantial amount of Southwest Asian DNA - even Northern Europeans. I am 17% SW Asian. SW Asia is the area of Asia bordered by the SE Caspian Sea to the SW Black Sea. I think what happened is that some of the people from that area migrated to Europe.  

I'm still considering having this test. The biggest complaint on the reviews was that it's too generic. I've just started doing a family tree and found out my paternal gmother was probably of german descent. I always thought her last name was odd, and very rare, it seems to be an americanization of the german surname Dreiss.


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