Yesterday I received some preliminary results from my latest DNA test. About a month ago I sent a saliva sample to 23andMe and the results are back already. The initial results are easy to understand and, as always, are interesting.
The test results from 23andMe gave me some new information as well as reiterating some of the information I learned from my Family Tree DNA test last year.
I already knew that my mitochondrial DNA (DNA from my maternal ancestry) was Haplogroup H. Haplogroup H is ancestry in Europe and the Near East that traces back to eastern Africa about 50,000 years ago. It is the most prevalent haplogroup in Europe today.
23andMe reports that I am distantly related to actress Susan Sarandon on my mother’s side. Very distant, I’m sure. I doubt we are very closely related at all, but that we probably share Haplogroup H. Others in Haplogroup H include Marie Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Prince Philip.
The 23andMe test also showed my Ancestry Composition–the percentage of my DNA from both sides of my family that shows the percentage of my DNA from 31 populations around the world. No surprises here. I am 99.6% European, with 87.4% being Northern European. The break-down is as follows:
36.2% French & German
14.3% British & Irish
32.3% Broadly Northern European
3.6% Broadly Southern European
7.3% Broadly European
.4% Sub-Saharan African/West African
.1% Middle Eastern & North African
Northern Europe extends from Ireland, to Norway, to Finland, and to France. Southern Europe includes the Iberian, Italian, and Balkan Peninsulas, and the island of Sardinia.
I also learned a couple new and interesting things about my DNA from this test.
Listen up Brewster relatives. You will find this very interesting, too.
The story that Mary Ann Martin, wife of Jackson Brewster, was a beautiful Indian princess [well at least a Native American Indian] has been passed down through the family for as long as I can remember. It has been, and still is, a major question and debate among our Brewster line to this day. “Do Mary Ann’s high cheekbones look like those of a Native American Indian?” “Her skin and hair look dark. Was she a Native American?”
It is a great story but I always wondered how an Indian had a surname like Martin.
Now DNA tells the true story.
I have NO Native American Indian DNA. Zero. Zilch. Nein. Nyet. Nada. Nae. Scratch the Native American Indian ancestry story.
Another very interesting thing I learned is that my DNA is 2.8% Neanderthal. Cool! Actually this is not surprising since it is theorized that Homo sapiens interbred with Neanderthals tens of thousands of years ago in Europe. And I know that my ancient ancestors were in Europe thousands of years ago.
Neanderthals moved into Europe about 200,000 years ago and lived with the modern humans for thousands of years. Today nearly everyone outside of Africa has between 1-4% Neanderthal DNA in his genes.
I am in the 58th percentile of Neanderthal DNA among 23andME members, so I actually have a little more than average Neanderthal DNA. That could explain a lot…
These are only the preliminary DNA test results from my 23andMe DNA test. There is more information to come and I know it will be interesting.