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    MyHeritage Results Very Different From AncestryDNA Results

    My AncestryDNA results were:

    - Europe West 44%
    - Ireland 36%
    - Great Britain 8%
    - Scandinavia 2%
    - Finland/Northwest Russia 2%
    - Iberian Peninsula 2%
    - Native American 2%
    - Asia South 2%
    - Italy/Greece <1%
    - Caucasus <1%

    My MyHeritage results were:

    - Irish, Scottish, and Welsh 59.2%
    - Iberian 20.5%
    - Finnish 11.2%
    - Balkan 6.1%
    - Central American 3%

    They are analyzing the same DNA sample (uploaded raw DNA from Ancestry to MyHeritage). Has anyone else experienced such drastically different results between these two companies? I know MyHeritage is new to the game but there percentages are actually more consistent with the results that I got through DNA.Land. I'm having difficulty determining which results are the most trustworthy.

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    The discrepancy in Iberian and Finnish is perplexing. Myheritage tends to under report English and over report Western Europe. I had a friend that received 66% English on Ancestry and 0% on myheritage. I think the reality lies somewhere in the middle. Iberia is part of Western Europe even if it's Southwestern. I presume some of Europe West from Ancestry got put in the Iberian category on myheritage.
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    I'm glad someone else thinks it's perplexing. I will say that I was 14% Southwestern European on DNA.Land and my Iberian results on GEDMatch were in the 11-17% range. Also my Dad was 15% Iberian on Ancestry. I think that Ancestry's 2% estimate is too low and MyHeritage's 20.5% is too high.

    The Finland/Northwest Russia thing is interesting. DNA.Land put me at 21% North Slavic (which I think is too high). My numbers on GEDMatch were actually pretty consistent with the 11.2% I had on MyHeritage. My theory is that I have a stronger connection to some parts of that region than others and thus I match some samples more than others. I could be totally wrong though.
    Last edited by Scott; 07-29-2017 at 02:57 AM.

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    I also got some interesting (and confusing) results when I uploaded my Raw DNA file to MyHeritage! I can trace almost all of my recent ancestry (back to 4x and 5x great grandparents) to Germany and the Netherlands. I have no known Scandinavian, Italian, or East European ancestors. My AncestryDNA results are in my signature for comparison.
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    Ancestry DNA Results: European 98%: Scandinavia 30% Great Britain 29% Europe West 16% Italy/Greece 9% Europe East 7% Iberian Peninsula 4% Finland/Northwest Russia 1% European Jewish 1% Ireland <1% West Asia <1%: Middle East <1% Africa <1%: Africa North <1%

    DNA.Land Results: West Eurasian 100%: NW European 71%, S. European 18% (Balkan 15%, S./Central European 2.8%), North Slavic 11%.

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    MyHeritage sucks at this.
    Mc Donald:
    Most likely fit is 62.4% (+- 9.5%) Europe (various subcontinents)
    and 37.6% (+- 9.5%) Mideast (various subcontinents)
    Dodecad World9:
    1 50% S_Italian_Sicilian +50% Dutch @ 1.083
    2 50% German +50% S_Italian @ 1.126
    3 50% Dutch +50% S_Italian @ 1.148

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    I've only recently begun digging my heels in all of this ethnicity DNA, so forgive me if I state something stupid.

    With regards to Ancestry, have you looked at the range for each ethnicity? For me, of the six European ethnicities it gives me, only one is "definitive" for lack of a better word. For example, it puts me at Europe West-32%. When I click on it though, the range is 0-66%. The aforementioned "definitive" one for me is Italy/Greece-18% (10-26% range). That could maybe explain some of the discrepencies.

    On the other hand, I'm not sure about MyHeritage. I had a test done with them and my results were:
    British/Irish-60.5%
    Balkan-32.2%
    Ashkenazi Jewish-7.3%

    When I later uploaded my Ancestry Raw Data, my results were:
    North and West Europe:
    -North and Western European-65.2%
    -Scandinavian-12.7%
    -Irish,Scottish,and Welsh-2.3%
    East Europe:
    -Balkan-10.2%
    Ashkenazi Jewish-2.4%
    West Asia:
    -West Asian-7.2%

    I've come up with Italian/Greek ancestry on FTDNA, and dna.land, so it makes me wonder how MyHeritage didn't pick up on that. Perhaps, they are still tweaking their methods.

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    MyHeritage is crap for northern Europeans as far as I've seen. Their Scandinavian is all over the place, their British/Irish/West Europe is highly variable, and they always seem to add 15% too much Iberian.

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    My Ancestry dna
    Italy/Greece 39%
    scandinavian 15%
    iberian penninsula 11%
    caucasus 8%
    middle east 8%
    european jewish 4%
    european west 4%
    great britain 9%
    africa<1%
    ireland <1%





    my sons ancestry

    africa 9%
    italy /greece 26%
    iberian 13%
    scandinavian 11%
    great britain 10%
    europe west 7%
    ireland 2%
    native american 9%
    middle east 11%
    caucasus 1%

    european jewish <1%



    my heritage results after putting in raw dna from ancestry
    greek 39%
    iberian 13.5%
    italian 12.4%
    irish.scottish and welsh 7.7%
    scandinavian 5.4%
    askenazi jewish 4.4 %
    sephardic jewish 14.6 %
    west asia 2.5%



    my sons my heritage after upload
    sardinian 18%
    greek 15 %
    iberian 14%
    scandinavian 19.5 %
    central american 16 %
    north africa 9%
    west african 2.7 %
    middle east 4.9%
    eskimo/inuit 0.8%my

    how is that for some numbers what i have been told about my heritage i was italian moms side english dutch german maybe some french dads side though he didnt know much about his moms side

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassoneg View Post
    MyHeritage is crap for northern Europeans as far as I've seen. Their Scandinavian is all over the place, their British/Irish/West Europe is highly variable, and they always seem to add 15% too much Iberian.
    That's just about exactly my experience with it... Good to know I'm not alone!
    Paper trail ancestry to the best of my knowledge:
    English 28.12%, East German or Eastern European 25%, Scottish 17.96%, Scotch-Irish 12.5%, French 8.2%, Welsh 3.125%, Native American 1.95%, and Colonial American, 3.125%, which cannot be determined with complete certainty: there is Dutch (at least 1.36%) and some English. The rest could include Spanish, Norwegian, German, and French, but these percentages would be minuscule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassoneg View Post
    MyHeritage is crap for northern Europeans as far as I've seen. Their Scandinavian is all over the place, their British/Irish/West Europe is highly variable, and they always seem to add 15% too much Iberian.
    They changed their testing model. I had 13% Scandinavian with MH (I ran my kit in March of this year). They were using Beta 9.0 at the time. When they updated to the 9.5 in July and I got my updated scores, the Scandinavian had disappeared altogether.

    So maybe it depends on when you transferred the data and the model they were using at the time. It is perplexing (I was rather excited at the prospect of Scandinavian ancestry)

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