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Old 6th September 2016, 08:37 AM
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Suggestion - estimate ancient ethnicities, Celtic, etc.

So far, myOrigins concentrates on geographical boundaries. For instance: "You are 50% English and %50 Irish". How about trying to estimate how much Celtic, Pict, Norwegian, Saxon, Angle, etc. As we know, the British Isles were invaded many times by various groups. What about % of Northern Ireland? Could that be from the plantations? And so actually British? Or was it part of the so called "Niall" (Celt?) that they keep pushing.

Think about things now! Syrians are being imported to various countries... are matches to middle easterners going to be considered European now?
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Old 6th September 2016, 09:12 AM
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So, where are you going to get reference populations for Saxons, Angles, Picts, etc.? It's doubtful there are any of them still living who could give DNA samples, even if we knew how to identify them. Yes, it is possible, with a lot of assumptions, to make statistic inferences about populations that no longer exist, but these inferences become more and more questionable the farther back in time we try to do. The admixture algorithms don't even do a good job distinguishing among modern "ethnic origins" from different parts of Europe. Until someone digs up a lot more bones, dates them conclusively, and sequences DNA from them, I don't see how these problems can be overcome.
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Old 6th September 2016, 09:30 AM
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Good points John. So if I understand, myOrigins is more of: you match these current populations; instead of: 50% of your ancestry came from Ireland.

So the myOrigins report offers you a guestimation from where your ancestry came.
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