Back in December, 23andMe updated the algorithms behind their Ancestry Painting feature. I posted my original results in October 2011. Thanks to a comment from a blog reader, I’m going to share my updated results.
My original results had me as 84% African, 13% European and 3% Asian (likely Native-American).
My new results are now 85.9% Sub-Saharan African, 11% European and 0.8% Asian (most of this Native American).
Overall, not much different from what it was before
Both of my parents have done the 23andMe test, so I’m able to get my Split View. As I’d suspected previously, the Native American/Asian DNA comes from my father’s side of the family, as does most of the European-origin DNA I have.
My Chromosome View is also updated and what is so nice is that now, each of my parents’ strands are shown separately. In the old version, I was able to approximate what half came from which parent, but now I don’t have to guess. Just as I’d hypothesized, the bottom strand is my father (I know b/c the bottom strands have more European DNA than the top strands).
And, to coincide with all of this, today I was contacted by someone who is a DNA match to both sides of my family AND he has identified common surnames from both sides that are in his tree, just as they are in mine. More as it develops!
(If you would like to read my other 23andMe posts, you can find them here.)