Go Back   Family Tree DNA Forums > Universal Lineage Testing (Autosomal DNA) > myOrigins Basics

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11th September 2016, 04:00 AM
ltd-jean-pull ltd-jean-pull is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 500
Scandinavian percentages on My Origins vs Ancestry

I'm interested in whether people have any knowledge about "Scandinavian" results on Ancestry and My Origins.

Does one company tend to overstate it while the other understates it? One relative has 4% Scandinavian according to Ancestry while two others are around 25% on My Origins. They are related quite closely (both maternally and paternally).
Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2016, 09:16 AM
The conqueror The conqueror is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 1

I have between 18% to up to 30% Scandinavian on Gedmatch calculators and other services, and also a augnificant South European admixture (Spain, Italy and Balkans). None of it is detected by myOrigins where I am clumped under Western and Central Europe and British Isles. I am Norman by ancestry. Hopefully, the new version of myOrigins will be more accurate and meaningful.
Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2016, 06:31 PM
NCroots NCroots is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 201
MyOrigins seems to vastly overestimate Scandinavian. My ancestry is predominately English & German. MyOrigins shows me with 36% Scandinavian. 23andMe shows me with 1.3% Scandinavian. The genes of Northwestern European people are really hard to differentiate, so it's easy to see how all Germanic peoples could be lumped together as Scandinavian (in varying degrees).
Reply With Quote
Old 12th September 2016, 10:58 AM
dcx4610 dcx4610 is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 23
I'm 11% on Ancestry and 35% on FTDNA. A pretty major difference.

Meanwhile, Ancestry shows 43% Europe West while FTDNA shows 0%.

It appears FTDNA has different calculators for France/Germany/Netherlands. They are partially grouping France/Netherlands into the British Isles and having separate samples for Scandinavia and Germany. Meanwhile it seems Ancestry groups France/Germany/Netherlands together into Europe West.

Autosomal DNA is not an exact science. It's valuable for research but different population samples and different calculators are going to give you different results. The locations are generally accurate but the percentages can change drastically.
Reply With Quote
Old 2nd January 2018, 01:38 PM
Louis67 Louis67 is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 3
Cool Danish ancestry

my mother is Danish and all the relatives I know from her side. This means that I am supposed to be 50% Scandinavian.
According to FTDNA I am only 25% Scandinavian and for some reason 10% from the British Isles. The boundary between British and Scandinavian is perhaps a little bit obscure.
The boundary between the other ethnicities in Europe seem to be somewhat obscure as well.
I would expect to 25% West and Central Europe since my grandfather (from my fathers side) was from Munich and 25% East Europe since my grandmother was from Beuthen/Bytom which now is southern Poland but the region belonged to Germany when she was born. According to FTDNA now I appear to be 31% from East Europe and 34% from West and Central Europe.
I believe anyhow that people have been moving around quite some in central Europe and Denmark and that the ethnicities not are so easy to define and so homogenous.
Reply With Quote
Old 3rd January 2018, 12:15 PM
Odis Odis is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 38

My results here at FTDNA are just the opposite of other sites...myOrigins 0% Scandinavian...Ancestry 30% myHeritage 46%...
Reply With Quote
Old 3rd January 2018, 08:27 PM
Germanica Germanica is offline
FTDNA Customer
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
Posts: 372
This topic is from 2016 - I can't remember when FTDNA upgraded to myOrigins 2.0, but with the first version, I was 34% Scandinavian... with 2.0, I'm 0%. I have one Norwegian great-grandparent, so it was definitely way overestimated with the first myOrigins, but now with the second, it's way underestimated. At AncestryDNA, it's 2%, which is low but at least it's something. 23andMe has 4.8%. Theoretically should be about 12.5% so MyHeritage is most accurate at 12.3% (but then, they are way off on other groups). It's all just an estimate, don't take it literally.
Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My Origins - vrs. 23andMe & Ancestry JamesBianco Family Finder Advanced Topics 1 8th January 2016 09:06 PM
Possible confirmation of distant Scandinavian ancestry jtoml3 DNA Success Stories 1 4th November 2015 12:10 AM
Does this suggest Scandinavian ancestry? gatty Family Finder Basics 19 20th April 2015 10:57 PM
Scandinavian in My origins and British isles ancestry gatty myOrigins Basics 11 24th July 2014 01:07 PM
Help needed for interpreting Y-DNA results - German and Scandinavian ancestry jtoml3 Paternal Lineage (Y-DNA STR) Basics 1 10th June 2014 05:46 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:19 PM.

Family Tree DNA - World Headquarters

1445 North Loop West, Suite 820
Houston, Texas 77008, USA

Phone: (713) 868-1438 | Fax: (832) 201-7147
Copyright 2001-2010 Genealogy by Genetics, Ltd.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.