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    I know this thread has been quiet for a while but can I add my thoughts and experience.

    Late last year my husband and I did the LivingDNA test because we fancied knowing if we were vikings. It was as silly as that. No intention of looking for family matches. The tests came back - I was also 100% English, not even Scottish, Welsh or Irish connections which confirmed everything I had found through straightforward FH research so far. My husband found he was mostly English but with a tiny percentage of Kurdish in him. That caused a laugh as I've traced his family tree back at least 12 generations and they never moved from the same two counties in all that time.

    However, I made a connection with someone via Ancestry who is a second cousin and she encouraged me to consider matching. That proved hard. LivingDNA files aren't readily accepted by many sites - MyHeritage says it accepts the files but LivingDNA changed the format of their data at the end of last year which makes it incompatible with MyHeritage's systems. MyHeritage say they are working on the problem but clearly have no urgency to sort it out. My cousin uploaded her data to LivingDNA and after some time she and I were matched. But I'm her only match and she's my only match. Clearly, LivingDNA have a very small database to use for matches and as their files aren't easily shared, I have to question the value of using their service. So far, the only site that takes my test results and runs with them is GEDmatch - such a lot of data and 3000 matches but none close enough to consider pursuing. At last I feel the test has more than just novelty factor although the science of it goes way over my head and will need some studying.

    We decided to have the MtDNA and Y-DNA tests done and as a result the original test was re-run by LivingDNA and our results changed. I now have a wider range of geographic connections that do include Scotland, Ireland and Wales and a proportion from the Iberian peninsular. My husband lost his Kurdish connection but gained a Germanic link. I've no idea how they work in our trees but they've given me something to think about. Being female I could only have the MtDNA test done and that has been fascinating - I share my maternal lines with 47% of the Saami population. It's made me think about my mother's mother's line rather than my paternal lines for the first time which is about time I suppose.

    Sorry for such a long post but I wanted to know if others had the same lack of use for LivingDNA test results or if it was just me? It's the test pushed by FindMyPast so I thought it would be worth taking. Any thoughts?

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    Hi to Norfolk Nan, from another Norfolk Nan,
    I, too, used Living DNA for testing. Giving me a 90% British Heritage and.... 10% Chuvashian (a region in Russia} Complete mystery to me how Russian's come into my ancestry. Especially as my brother did the same test and was 100% British with no European infiltration. I did find a first cousin on Gedmatch. He is the closest match I have found on the comparison sites.
    Regards

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    I find this whole DNA thing so tiresome. 100% British combines most european nations.

    From Ireland to Russia(it was part of the Swedish Empire(Viking), to Spain and and even China, it's all a mish mash.

    Angles and Saxons,Bretons(Brittany,France), Romans and Greeks,Celts(central europe), Normans(French/Scandinavians). Britain is a veritable soup of nations.


    Steve.
    Too many bones, too much sorrow, but until I am dead, there's always tomorrow.

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    Of course you are right, Stepives, but it’s the variability and strangeness of the results that’s the puzzle.

    And hello DeliaB - I’m Norfolk Nan on GEDmatch too so if you find me on your list let me know!

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