(Remember, DNA ethnicity often does not follow the known political nationality of your ancestors.)
Hey everyone! I'm ancestrally, deeply from the North Sea! Lover of forests, fjords, fish and fog along with cottages, fields, small farms and cozy pubs. :) I've never been far from oceans - in history or my current life.
I got on board early with DNA testing - human origins and ethnicities and migrations are a special interest of mine that tie in with genealogy and history, both mine and that of all people. In the 10 years since i got my first results, many more people have sent in their samples. This means a larger pool of data leading to more accurate information. In going from 4000 samples to 16000 available, my results have changed, along with everyone else's. Refinement! Gone are the 3-5% splinter regions that gave me such interesting flights of fancy. No more Eastern Europe or Caucasus or Finland or Iberian Peninsula. Still nothing Native American - still quelling that maternal family rumor with science. :)
"Scandinavian 14%" has been replaced with Norway 15% and Sweden 5%. No mention of Denmark at all, which is where one set of GG grandparents came from in 1888. But how long had they been there? Could be like the scenario where i was born in LA in a rental house, but my deep family is is SW Iowa. And Denmark is a small country, the crossroads of Scandinavia and Germanic turf.
"Western Europe 41%" has now turned into "Germanic Europe 14%" - encompassing "my" parts of Germany, Netherlands, France and Belgium. "Ireland and Scotland 28%" has decreased to 14%. Aye laddie, we're Ulster Scots, known in the USA as "Scots-Irish" - the Protestants, not the Catholic Irish.
The big new refinement - English Channel country - NW Europe and SE England is now 54% of my ethnic origin, which makes total sense with my ongoing research. Netherlands, NW France, and Essex. In Essex i have verified ancestry to 1280, though the Stone family of Great Bromley, near Colchester.
The more i work on this stuff the more eerie things get - like rubbing for off a window to see a clearer picture. I do believe in race memory - that our ancestors can "vibrate" somehow and connect to us through time and space. To stand where your ancestors stood is a powerful feeling for many people.