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    Scots Ascending

    Well, Ancestry has done it again--my percentage of Scottish-ness keeps going up. I am now 32 percent Scottish, and my husband checked his and he is up to 30% Scottish.

    Is this happening to anyone else on Ancestry? I am ready to get a camper and go to the games at Grandfather Mountain! (Am in the Scot clan, although also Stuart and Napier, and he is a Duncan. Which tartan to select?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    Well, Ancestry has done it again--my percentage of Scottish-ness keeps going up. I am now 32 percent Scottish, and my husband checked his and he is up to 30% Scottish.

    Is this happening to anyone else on Ancestry? I am ready to get a camper and go to the games at Grandfather Mountain! (Am in the Scot clan, although also Stuart and Napier, and he is a Duncan. Which tartan to select?)
    Yeah, my Scots heritage grew a little, but my Irish heritage grew a lot: I'm now up to 61% Irish and, like you, 32% Scottish, with the rest 5% European Jew and 2% Norwegian. So now we have two corned beef and cabbages on St. Patrick's day, made with neeps and tatties!

    DH would not admit it but if he did a DNA test he would probably find he is the flip side of my origins: Mostly Scottish but there is an Irish branch of the family.

    I also love seeing the part of the Ancestry DNA data that also tracks where your ancestors settled--my ancestors are solidly in New England--from Massachusetts to RI and CT, ME and VT. And no one has traveled very far over the past 300+ years from what I can see. I think that's one reason I have such a strong sense of place, especially as I get older.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Yeah, my Scots heritage grew a little, but my Irish heritage grew a lot: I'm now up to 61% Irish and, like you, 32% Scottish, with the rest 5% European Jew and 2% Norwegian. So now we have two corned beef and cabbages on St. Patrick's day, made with neeps and tatties!

    DH would not admit it but if he did a DNA test he would probably find he is the flip side of my origins: Mostly Scottish but there is an Irish branch of the family.

    I also love seeing the part of the Ancestry DNA data that also tracks where your ancestors settled--my ancestors are solidly in New England--from Massachusetts to RI and CT, ME and VT. And no one has traveled very far over the past 300+ years from what I can see. I think that's one reason I have such a strong sense of place, especially as I get older.
    Wow, I had no idea you were so Irish! You are a true Gael--93 per cent!!

    I find that ancestor thing confusing, though--all of mine show up as Southern States, but I know all my dad's relatives settled in New England or Maryland. So I wondered if it is just all the people you are related to who actually took the test--all those cousins they show? Because I know way more of my Southern relatives are into geneaology than my dad's Northern relatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    Wow, I had no idea you were so Irish! You are a true Gael--93 per cent!!

    I find that ancestor thing confusing, though--all of mine show up as Southern States, but I know all my dad's relatives settled in New England or Maryland. So I wondered if it is just all the people you are related to who actually took the test--all those cousins they show? Because I know way more of my Southern relatives are into geneaology than my dad's Northern relatives.
    yeah, I think they trace it to current times, and as you said, it's probably driven by the people who are on Ancestry. For instance, it says that I have relatives who "settled" in Kansas. To my knowledge the ONLY relative I have from Kansas is my uncle, but he is not a blood relative--he married my father's sister. So, when I click on the little "Kansas" bubble, I see my cousin (who doesn't live there) and, oddly, my brother, who never lived there. So the accuracy is questionable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    Well, Ancestry has done it again--my percentage of Scottish-ness keeps going up. I am now 32 percent Scottish, and my husband checked his and he is up to 30% Scottish.

    Is this happening to anyone else on Ancestry? I am ready to get a camper and go to the games at Grandfather Mountain! (Am in the Scot clan, although also Stuart and Napier, and he is a Duncan. Which tartan to select?)
    so very excellent!

    Go Stuart all the way, cousin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    so very excellent!

    Go Stuart all the way, cousin!

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    (had to look that up, Cousin!)


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    Funny to read these stories of another's genealogy via DNA testing. Never having been inclined to check it out, it is interesting how the results and reports unfold. I wonder how much of the NA population have taken the DNA test, how many have been surprised, pleased or disappointed and how many found unexpected relations?
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    Were the Stuarts/Stewarts particularly prolific? There seem to be a lot of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    Were the Stuarts/Stewarts particularly prolific? There seem to be a lot of us.
    yes. Lots of them born on the wrong side of the blanket, lots of royal bastards.

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    I had a unexpected half sister from England.

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