The results for males just started coming in yesterday. One of our blog subscribers with Native ancestry on his paternal and maternal lines was kind enough to allow me to use his results. You’ll notice that there is no identifying information about you on this page, so if you forward this to someone, and that is something you can do, you’ll need to be sure to sign it with your name. It comes as a “no-reply” type of e-mail from National Geographic, not from you.
There’s lots of info provided here. First, you can see how much Neanderthal you carry. Ok, so no more Neanderthal jokes about your brother-in-law.
You can also see the division of your ethnicity. Compared to this person’s Family Finder results, this test seems to be more sensitive, picking up admixture not found in Family Finder. Their Family Finder results were 43% Europe, 5% East Asian (Siberian), 38% Native American and 13% Middle Eastern, rounded to the nearest percent. It looks like the Native American is about the same, the Middle Eastern may be absorbed by Mediterranean or Southwest Asia, and the Sub-Saharan African is new, but accurate according to this person’s genealogy.
The second half of his display shows both the y-line and mitochondrial DNA map along with the migration path for the haplogroup. His mitochondrial DNA is B2g1. This is different from his B2 assigned at Family Tree DNA as a result of the full sequence test. His Y-line is haplogroup Q with a terminal SNP of Z780. He had tested for this SNP at Family Tree DNA also (as well as many others), and was classified as Q1a3.
It’s really exciting to see these results. Of course, now the questions begin, and there are already a lot of them. One of the first is about the ability to upload results to Family Tree DNA. Apparently you cannot do that if you have already SNP tested, have a mitochondrial DNA haplogroup assigned or have taken the Family Finder test. I sincerely hope this is simply a delay in development and that this will be addressed shortly. We need this information on our home pages.
Other questions are about the Y-line SNPs, which SNPs are included, and which aren’t, how to reference a new tree to see where you fit, and how has the tree, either the YCC tree at Family Tree DNA or the ISOGG tree, been shuffled. It’s obvious from seeing results for someone whose terminal SNP has not changed, but whose haplogroup has changed significantly that there has been major surgery to the tree. It’s difficult to figure out quite what you’re seeing at a deeper level.
And for autosomal of course, there are lots of questions about reference populations. Dave Dowell has already pointed out that there is a big discrepancy between his Geno 2.0 autosomal results and the ones returned by 23andMe last week. But 23andMe references 500 years and the Geno 2.0 test is billed as more of an anthropological test, so maybe they are measuring differently. Plus, there are all those new SNPs Nat Geo discovered and is using. I’m sure those are making a big difference too.
It’s been a great week or so for genetic genealogy, but yes, lots more questions than answers, so stay tuned.