Since my husband's results arrived just after posting the previous post, here are his and mine by comparison. This is very interesting.
100% European 100% European
62% Scandinavian 8% Scandinavian
10% Ireland 16% Ireland
9% Great Britain 56% Great Britain
8% Italy/Greece. 5% Italy/Greece
<1% Europe East
Our children sure have an amazing DNA background. It will be interesting to see what their test results will show. My husband's top match is one of his cousins. My top match is one of my mother's cousins. That is what fascinates me most about the connections, as it truly defines your ancestral relationships.
Of my fifty top matches through the fourth generation there are eight that can be located on my family tree. Then there are two trees which connect to the Brosius and Johns families and we have no clue who they are. My favorite connections are to the Straw, Shuey, Reed families for my paternal grandmother's paternal line; the Anderson family for my maternal grandmother's paternal line; and the Strong and Rounds families for my maternal grandfather's maternal line. Those results came from viewing the family trees of those DNA connections. Twenty seven of the fifty matches had family trees, eighteen did not have family trees and five had private trees. The largest tree had 13,032 people and the two smallest trees had two people.
The main frustration is that my time for reviewing the results were limited this past two weeks. It will be interesting to return to the website and note any new additions. Then there are the pages of distant cousin matches. Realizing that this is all subject to being able to review one another's trees, it may become essential to place my tree online at ancestry.com. This feels like doing a jig saw puzzle with many serendipity moments waiting to be discovered. Then there is the moving on to uploading this information to FTDNA and see the matches to be found there. Once that is completed then it is on to GenMatch. This all feels like being on an exciting journey where there are so many possibilities for discovering our ever expanding family trees. This week our family tree grew to 9,702 people.
Have you done DNA testing and discovered some fascinating connections? Like my friend who has struggled with finding her birth relatives, those discoveries are crucial to really knowing who we are and where we came from, and will help chart our future and the future of our extended families.