Because my ethnicity is basically British and Irish, I thought it would be interesting to find out exactly where in these countries my ancestors came from.
Here are the top results for my parents, my brother and myself. I had to pay extra to get the results for my parents and brother as they hadn’t tested with LivingDNA, instead I uploaded their raw data from Ancestry instead.
- North Yorkshire 15.5%
- Northern Ireland and SW Scotland 14.9%
- Cumbria 13.2%
- Devon 11.6%
- South Central England 10.7%
- South East England 9.5%
- South England 8.6%
Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, and Somerset (South Central England)
Kent, Sussex, Essex (South East England)
Hampshire, Dorset (South England)
- Devon 29.8%
- Ireland 24.8%
- South Central England 11.9%
- South England 11.5%
- Northumbria 8%
The rest are 3% or lower including Orkney and Shetland Islands at 1.5%
- South East England 20.6%
- Ireland 17.2%
- Northern Ireland and SW Scotland 15.1%
- Central England 12.5%
- North Yorkshire 9%
- Northumbria 7.1%
- South Central England 7%
But Devon only 1.8% and Orkney Shetland 1.7%
- Devon 32.8%
- Northern Ireland and SW Scotland 13.5%
- Northwest England 12.8%
- Ireland 6.3%
- Lincolnshire 6.3%
- Northumbria 6%
So looking at these results:
- I got the Devon genes from dad while Philip got the Irish genes.
- Philip got the North Yorkshire genes from mum while I got the Devon genes.
- Interesting the difference one generation can make with all the movement in England and Ireland.
We also have shared matches now on LivingDNA.
Mum 274, Dad 179, Philip 218 , Sue 209
So another job for me to do is work out where these matches connect within our family. The LivingDNA website is gradually adding other useful tools and will be great once you can add to a tree and look at a chromosome browser to triangulate matches.
Readers: Have you uploaded your raw DNA to this website? It is especially useful if you have a lot of British heritage and have paid the fee to unlock the county ethnicity.