So this evening, I discovered a site called GEDmatch, which is considered quite prestigious and it’s even used by law enforcement agencies. This might seem quite invasive to some people but I like the idea that it’s easier to identify me because I uploaded my DNA somewhere.
It’s a really confusing tool because it’s mainly meant for professional use. As a result the website is also a bit clunky, you have to manually go back to the homepage every time because the back button gives you a form resubmission error, so on and so forth.
The website itself is very unhelpful in telling you what you are selecting.
There doesn’t seem to be a catch-all test, you can run your sample for a number of different ethnicities at once, but not every single one at once.
A general Eurogenes test shows me as
North Atlantic (presumably including Scandinavia along with England)
South Asian is a surprise, but it’s good to see that West Asia has turned up. I’m guessing that this and West Med is where most of my Jewishness is buried.
Another that I did, showing chromosomes, included the above but added:
Red Sea (?)
So, I literally am a little bit from everywhere. I’m glad the East Asian finally showed up, that’s probably where the Japan part of me went, very dilute by now but I suppose that’s obvious since I came out as a very light-skinned redhead.
I have no idea how stuff like Amerindian and Oceanian got in there, but I suppose that’s a mystery of human history. Might explain why I matched with some Polynesians on MyHeritage though.
As I said, it’s very hard to get a complete picture, and I’m sure I’ll discover something else after posting this. Using the site’s HarappaWorld test, for example, shows that I am also South Indian and Baloch, something that is complete and utter news to me! Balochistan has a super cool flag with a camel as well.
Thinking about the history of the world reminds me of this old video from 2009. (You might do a cry if you love animals/nature.)