Originally Posted by mod9maple
Yes mine has been updated. I'm 88% Irish/Scottish (Munster/Ulster), 4% English/Welsh and 5% Norwegian, 3% Swedish = 8% Scandinavian. I belong to a DNA group of Ontario Settlers of British and Irish descent.
Here's the thing though. I've traced almost all of the Irish links of my family to at least 1830, and the British to the early 18th century, and the results match what I know EXCEPT the Scandinavian! I'm baffled. How far back do these results cover? 200? 300? 400, 500 years? Less? 8 % seems like a lot.
Actually I do have one brick wall on my mother's Irish side. Her grandmother's parents are a mystery. But she definitely born in Ireland in the mid 19th Century. Could they be the source? Why would Scandinavians be in Ireland then?
As I understand it, the results do not cover a specific number of centuries backwards. If you are reported as 8% Scandinavian, what that means is that 8% of your DNA is similar to DNA of other tested people who are currently living in Scandinavia. And since immigration into Scandinavia has not been large until recently, it follows that Scandinavian DNA must have got into your DNA by emigration at some stage.
That said, results can be bizarre. In the latest Ancestry analysis, I am 7% Swedish and no other Scandinavian. I could understand Norwegian or Danish ancestors as there was large-scale settlement in Scotland and England, but I thought Swedish Vikings went east and south, not to these islands.
I have put the same test on to MyHeritage, which tells me I am 23.4% Scandinavian. MyHeritage also makes me 6.9% Iberian, and while I have a Spanish ancestor in the 14th century and a possible one in the 15th, that couldn't account for 6.9%.