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Old 20th April 2017, 11:36 PM
Carlobar Carlobar is offline
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Sephardi MO2 vs 23andMe

I've been reading for the last couple weeks about people getting disappointed about their My Origins 2, What I can say about mine is that is not too different from 23andMe, it just allocated a big part of my southern European to Sephardi DNA, in fact that is a big game changer for me, is not the same to have 2.2% Ashkenazim than have 14% Sephardi. This are my ancestry from both:

European 44%
Iberia 27%
Southeast Europe 11%
British Isles 6%

New World 33%
North and Central America 30%
South America 3%

Jewish Diaspora 14%
Sephardic 14%

Middle Eastern 3%
North Africa

East Asian 3%
Siberia 3%

Trace Results
East Central Africa < 2%
South Central Africa < 2%
West Africa < 2%
East Europe < 2%
West Middle East


European 57.7%

Southern European 50.7%
Broadly Southern European
Ashkenazi Jewish
Northwestern European
Broadly Northwestern European
Broadly European

East Asian & Native American 33.7%
Native American
East Asian
Broadly East Asian
Broadly East Asian & Native American

Sub-Saharan African 3.9%
West African
Central & South African
< 0.1%
Broadly Sub-Saharan African
< 0.1%

Middle Eastern & North African 1.1%
North African
Broadly Middle Eastern & North African

Unassigned 3.6%
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Old 30th May 2017, 11:48 AM
vinnie vinnie is offline
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As much as I wanted the companies to distinguish Sephardic from other populations, I think the inclusion of a Sephardic reference population by FTDNA has been a huge mistake, and is probably the basis of some of the problems I've seen with results for Italians. I believe they should rethink this decision, and offer just one pan-Jewish reference population until the science is developed more.

Likewise, My Heritage has done the same with their inclusion of several Jewish populations. My father's results there indicate 11.6% Mizrachi Jewish - that's ridiculous. He had no Jewish in FTDNA's MO v1, and the Gedmatch calculators estimate only very small percentages of Jewish, if any.
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Old 9th June 2017, 01:50 PM
JamesBianco JamesBianco is offline
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Jewish results Issue

2.0 seemed to haphazardly assign some of my middle eastern to Sephardic Jewish YET not my father's (his father was Iranian). In version 1 FTDNA assigned me 17% Middle East and my father 55%, in version 2 my results are now 11% Sephardic and 6% Middle East yet my father still shows 1% Jewish and 64% Middle east. My mother shows no Middle East. There just has to be a problem with 2.0 that is technical and who knows to what degree for a child to have substantial origin results which are non existent in both parents. I can't imagine any other way to look at this.

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Old 9th June 2017, 02:01 PM
JamesBianco JamesBianco is offline
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Here are screen shots of my 2.0 results and then my parents
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