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DNA Ethnicity

Recently, Ancestry added a feature to create a ‘player card’ based on DNA Ethnicity results. Creating the card was simply the press of a button.

I’ve been more interested in shared matches and DNA circles than my ethnicity results — especially since my paper research hasn’t gotten outside of colonial America. Since my paper research isn’t leading me to Scandinavia or Spain, I thought I’d review what I do know about the lines of my 16 great grandparents:

  • Crawford – resided in Garrard County, Kentucky in 1799 – likely born in Virginia – likely Scottish
  • Foster – resided Maryland in 1735 – likely English
  • Hammond – resided 1636 Plymouth, Massachusetts — likely English
  • Ralston – resided 1810 Armstrong County, Pennsylvania – likely Scottish
  • Currey – resided 1783, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania – likely Scottish or Irish
  • Burke – resided 1835 Jackson County, Tennessee — likely English
  • Hutchinson – resided 1790 Hampshire County, Massachusetts – likely English
  • Harding – resided 1767 Orange County, New York (family was Loyalists in New Brunswick after Revolutionary War) – likely English or Irish
  • Briles – resided Wierttemberg, Germany 1703 – part of Germanna Colony in 1717
  • Thompson – resided 1820 Ohio County, Kentucky – likely English
  • Ricketts – resided Anne Arundel County, Maryland 1729 – likely English
  • Christy – resided Fayette County , Ohio 1842 – likely Scottish or Irish
  • Mentzer – resided Suffolk County, Massachusetts 1792 – likely  German
  • Minnick – resided 1822 in Pennsylvania – likely Irish
  • Wells – resided 1758 in Washington County, Rhode Island – likely English
  • Crandall – resided 1761 in Washington County, Rhode Island – likely Scottish

Since my paper genealogy roots lead to Germany, England, Ireland and Scotland, I have to question where my Scandinavian ancestry is. However, I believe my Scandinavian DNA comes thru my Scottish ancestry. Wikipedia’s article on Scandinavian Scotland supports my beliefs about my Scandinavian DNA.