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Central European Jewish ancestry on DNA test

Central European Jewish ancestry on DNA test

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 1:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 30 Jan 2013 1:04AM GMT
Surnames: Hartsvelder Hartsfield
Is Central European Jewish ancestry specifically noted and separate from Central European ancestry on Ancestry.com's DNA test?
My last name is Hartsfield, the Anglicized version of Hartsvelder. My ancestor Gorgius Hartsvelder emigrated to the American colonies about 1625 but changed his name to Hartsfield.
In my research, Hartsvelder is consistently referred to as an Ashkenazic Jewish name. My DNA test shows only Central European, British Isle and Scandinavian ancestry with 1% unknown. Jewish ancestry is not reported.
So again, if I have Jewish ancestors, would that be specifically noted?

Re: Central European Jewish ancestry on DNA test

Posted: 30 May 2013 7:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
i think you would have to contact the ancestry testing dept. i somewhat doubt they divide it up to that dgree. even 23and me doesn't include jewish ethnicity.

good luck.

Re: Central European Jewish ancestry on DNA test

Posted: 8 Jun 2013 5:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 Jun 2013 5:42PM GMT
23andMe does indicate % Ashkenazi Jewish background in its Ancestry Composition page. It might depend on what you mean by Central Europe.

Then using the countries of Ancestry tool, you can see possible countries of ancestry for representative people with DNA segments that match yours, and that have filled out a survey on their grandparents' countries of ancestry. A mix of genetics and crowd-sourcing. Might be helpful or not. Should improve in accuracy as their database grows over time.

In my case, I show 92.8% Ashkenazi, with many countries in Europe represented. The rest also shows European ancestry (though in Countries of Ancestry I show Haiti and Jamaica, Mexico, Venezuela, Israel, Turkey. The criticism I've heard, is more that the Mid-Eastern component of Ashkenazi background is hidden in the results of Ancestry Composition. And my question is whether the rest of my composition would be Sephardic, which seems possible.

I keep thinking that we're all early adopters, so results can only improve as more people are tested.

Re: Central European Jewish ancestry on DNA test

Posted: 4 Aug 2013 10:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
European Jewish ancestry is definitely reported separately. It is listed as European Jewish DNA. There is no distinction made between Ashkenaz and Sephardic in the report, no specification of countries or regions what so ever.
My DNA is 74% European Jewish, and recorded as such. Southern European, Finnish etc is listed in my chart in their own categories. If you had any Jewish DNA it would be listed, and your Central European ancestry would be listed in its own category. I have seen many charts with Jewish European and Central European ancestry listed, and they are definitely always distinct.

Re: Central European Jewish ancestry on DNA test

Posted: 6 Aug 2013 7:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am mostly "European Jewish", but also have a little "Central European" too. The Central European DNA and Jewish DNA are listed separately.

Re: Central European Jewish ancestry on DNA test

Posted: 7 Aug 2013 9:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
European Jewish ancestry is specifically noted as such. Even if your ancestor was Jewish it does not mean that it would necessarily show up in your DNA, as it appears that even siblings can show significant differences in their genes regarding ancestral background. Has anyone else in your immediate family taken the test?
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