Sunday, 27 September 2015

I recently got the results of my DNA analysis and there were a few surprises.  Turns out I am only 39.4% British (which includes Scotland, Ireland and Wales). The rest of me is European and northern European for the most part. I would have expected to be at least half British but no I'm an import!
Larry on the other hand, my American husband, is more British than I am! He is 50% British and the rest is a real mixture from all over the world. 
Ancestry Composition tells you what percent of your DNA comes from each of 31 populations worldwide. This analysis includes DNA you received from all of your recent ancestors, on both sides of your family. The results reflect where your ancestors lived before the widespread migrations of the past few hundred years.
On the site we get a lovely coloured picture showing all the regions of the world where our dna is linked but I was unable to copy that here.
It appears that if one is female, then only the maternal line is available to see because a female has two X chromosones and a Y is needed for the paternal line to show up. I could get that from a direct member of my family like a brother, if I had one. The only direct male relative I have with a direct line to my paternal grandfather is a cousin. I tried to reach him today to ask him if he would do the test and share the results but he was out so I'll have to try again another day soon. He may not be willing to do the test. It's not a blood test, merely a sample of saliva given over for analysis. It's easy to do and fairly expensive but well worth the money for the results that come back - everything from ancestry composition to health reviews.
My health reviews were favourable but I discovered that I am a carrier for Hemachromatosis, which causes the blood to retain too much iron with unwelcome results. The iron can attack vital organs like the liver, heart etc. I do not suffer from this myself, as far as I know, but I will need to tell my sons in case it crops up in their lifetimes. Apparently being a carrier is something quite common.
I also discovered that I am part of the X2b4 haplogroup on my maternal side. This is a rare, small group but very widespread, popping up all over the world but with particularly high occurrences in the Orkney Islands of Scotland, in some Native American Indians and particularly in the Druzes community in the middle east. They predominate in Syria, Jordan, Israel and the Lebanon, which is probably why I have slightly Arab type features with darkish skin and hair (grey now of course). There is a group to belong to on the site where I looked at people who look a bit like me. Interesting.
This is my composition. I highly recommend the site. 

Northern European
British & Irish
French & German
Broadly Northern European
Southern European
Broadly Southern European
Broadly European
< 0.1%
Sub-Saharan African
< 0.1%
Broadly Sub-Saharan African
< 0.1%


Infuriating hold ups

Over the last couple of weeks or so I've had computer problems. I installed Windows 10 and all went well for a couple of days and then Bam! it stopped working properly and try as I might, I could not find a solution. I decided to restore back to Windows 8 but found I couldn't do that either because my 'Settings' had gone!!

Finally I called up Microsoft and asked for help. After nearly three hours with a technician, they said they would elevate the call to Level 2 and call me back the next day.

Next day came and I got the call back. The technician thought the User Account had become corrupted and so he installed a new one, transferred all my files over and then deleted the old one. That was yesterday and so far, so good.

I have decided that in future I will not update Windows until I get a new computer with the newer version on it.

Windows 10 is not much different to Windows 8 as far as I can see but then again, I don't use all the facilities on it. These days my use of the computer has diminished a lot.

There has been an issue with Sony laptop computers. I thought for a while that that was the trouble and I would have to wait for a fix (promised in October) but it turned out that was not the problem after all.

Now I have to reset lots of things in my new User Account.

If I was starting out afresh at a younger age I would try to afford an Apple Computer. Larry has one and his is six years old and whilst a little slow, it is still working well and he doesn't seem to get nearly as many problems as I've had with Microsoft. I could go on and on but those of you who already have a PC will know exactly what I'm talking about, I'm sure.