In Part 1 and Part 2, I took you through the process and results of my own DNA test with Ancestry.com – Now it’s Carlos’s turn! Check out Part 3 for Carlos’s thoughts before taking the test. Part 4 (this final post) is Carlos’s results!
Carlos’s results are in! His took much longer to arrive, (40 days compared to the 22 days I waited.) Maybe the Ancestry DNA test has become more popular since I did mine. At first I thought maybe it was taking so long because we did it around Saint Patrick’s Day and you tend to see a lot of their commercials encouraging people to see if they have Irish ancestry around that time of year, but that can’t be it, because I also did mine around Saint Patrick’s Day last year. While we were waiting for the results, Carlos joked that it was taking so long because they discovered he’s el eslabón perdido (“the missing link”) and they were busy gathering researchers from around the world, which was a very Carlos-ish joke to make.
Anyway, I won’t keep you in more suspense than is necessary. Let’s get to the results!
When I asked Carlos if he had any predictions, he had answered, “Maybe that I’m mostly indigenous” – And it turns out he was correct! Carlos is 57% Native American. It’s just a shame that Ancestry DNA can’t go into more detail than that.
We can assume this is most likely Central American tribes descended from the Mayan and/or Aztec, but we really have no way of knowing for sure.
Carlos also got 27% Europe. Unsurprisingly the majority of that (16%) is from the Iberian Peninsula.
What about the rest of that 27% though? That’s where we start getting some interesting results.
3% Great Britain
2% European Jewish
This means Carlos and I have some ancestry in common! (It also means I can no longer pinch him on Saint Patrick’s Day for not being Irish.)
We’ve got 16% left, any guesses before we go on?
Well, here’s some more surprises. Carlos is 12% African.
The breakdown is:
North Africa 5%
Ivory Coast/Ghana 2%
Africa Southeastern Bantu 1%
And here are the maps with more detailed information on those:
Now we have just 4% left, and that is broken down as:
Middle East < 1%
That’s it! Here’s a picture of the full breakdown (including expanded trace regions) and the world map showing all his ancestral areas:
A few last questions with Carlos:
Tracy: Which result surprised you the most?
Carlos: Jewish and Irish.
Tracy: Has this changed anything for you? How you see yourself? How you see the world?
Carlos: I don’t know yet. I’m still kind of processing it.
Tracy: Was there anything you were disappointed not to see?
Carlos: Well, I’m not disappointed, but I’m surprised that I’m not East Asian at all. I was kind of expecting I would be because of the way my [paternal] grandmother looked. I also wish the technology was advanced enough to give me more detail about the Native American result.
Tracy: What is your advice to other people considering doing the Ancestry DNA test?
Carlos: I recommend it, they should do it.