John Jr’s Family Tree DNA Family Finder Genealogical DNA Test Results

To my surprise I got my Family Tree DNA Family Finder (autosomal DNA) genealogical DNA test results yesterday, I was not expecting to get my results this soon, especially because this company is based in The United States in Houston, Texas which was recently devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

If you are interested I already did a post called, John Jr Does The Family Tree DNA Family Finder Genealogical DNA Test, where I briefly mention getting the kit and sending it back by mail.

Yesterday I got an email from Family Tree DNA with the subject New Family Finder Results, and this is what it said:

Family Finder results have been uploaded for your kit, John Jr.

Family Finder uses autosomal DNA to connect you with relatives descended from any of your ancestral lines in approximately the most recent five to six generations.

The myOrigins tool also provides analysis of your ethnic percentages.

Accessing Your Matches

You may view your Family Finder matches on our website by following these steps:

Sign in to your myFTDNA account.

On the top menu bar, find the Family Finder menu.

From the Family Finder menu, select Matches.

The Family Finder – Matches page has two sections.

The top Filter Matches by: section is where you can change the testing level and filter for specific parameters.

The bottom Matches section is where you can view your matches.

To view all of your Family Finder matches:

In the Filter Matches section, change the Relations: field to Show All Matches.

By default, your closest matches will be at the top of the report.

If you come from a population where few people have tested, you may not have even distant matches right away.

As you get new matches in the “close” and “immediate” ranges, we will notify you by e-mail.

About Autosomal DNA

Autosomal DNA is DNA from one of our chromosomes located in the cell nucleus.

It generally excludes the sex chromosomes.

Humans have 22 pairs of autosomal chromosomes and one pair of sex chromosomes.

You inherited your Autosomal DNA from both of your parents, all four grandparents, all eight great-grandparents, etc.

This is why Family Finder results generally include matches from all of your lines.

You get about half of your autosomal DNA from each parent.

They in turn received about half of their autosomal DNA from each of their parents.

Each time Autosomal DNA passes from parent to child, it is partly mixed.

This is called “recombination.”

The randomness of recombination means that after 5 to 6 generations you may have much less autosomal DNA from one line than another.

Random recombination means that while autosomal DNA and Family Finder matching are powerful tools, beyond 3rd cousins it is possible to have a cousin who does not show up as a match to you.

Therefore, Family Finder proves relationships, but failure to match does not always disprove them.

Learn & Understand

Our help pages have the answers to questions about Family Finder autosomal test results.

There are three relevant sections.

Begin with an introduction to Autosomal DNA Testing:

Then, you can begin learning how to use some of our Family Finder pages and tools:

Finally, you can look through our Expert’s Guide to interpreting your results:

Accessing Your Raw Results

You may download your Family Finder raw data at any time.

Learn how to do so here:

Sign into to your myFTDNA account.

Under your Family Finder results icons, select the Download Raw Data link

Select the file type to download

The download file is in the compressed GZ format.

You can read about this page and file formats by clicking on the blue Page Help button at the top of the page.

Recovering Your Password

If you have misplaced your password, you may recover it by following these steps:

Go to the Forgot Password page.

Enter your kit number and e-mail address in the recovery form.

Click the Get Password button.

Check your e-mail for a message from Family Tree DNA.


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However, you should use caution if you are ever asked to export your results to other databases not endorsed by Family Tree DNA.

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Under no circumstances should you share your kit number and password outside of Family Tree DNA.

Also, you can modify your privacy settings (this links to anytime to opt-out of showing your ethnicity breakdown to your matches.

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Message To Readers

For privacy and security reasons I will not share my matches, but I will share my MyOrigins results and my AncientOrigins results using mostly screenshots:

MyOrigins Results

*Click on the images to see the full-size versions*


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For more information about each of these population clusters read:

Popular Clusters In MyOrigins

Here are several examples using my main population clusters:

West Africa

The West Africa cluster spans the western coast of Africa including present day Chad and Niger with strong representation in Lesotho and Swaziland.

Little about the ancient populations in the West Africa cluster has survived; however, much of the early development of the African continent can be attributed to populations in this cluster.

It is evident that pastoralism was widely practiced in this cluster before the adoption of farming techniques.

Farming may have partly begun with the Bantu people, originating in the grasslands along the Cameroon / Nigeria border and then spreading with their migrations throughout Africa.

This large and long-lasting migration is called the “Bantu Expansion” and is credited with introducing other African clusters to farming and iron working practices.

Urban and state centers were established in this cluster by the 1st millennium BCE as seen at the sites of Jenne-Jeno in Mali and Koumbi in Ghana.

Urbanization in this cluster occurred indigenously; societies had developed social complexity via organized trade and market networks and even monarchical rulers prior to interaction through trade or colonization.

Urbanization and government were enhanced for these established complex societies through international trade and interaction.

Trade was greatly stimulated by the established trade routes along the Sahara (Trans-Saharan trade routes), which not only brought Islam to sub-Saharan Africa but also intensified contact between West Africa and traders from the Mediterranean and Muslim dynasties.

Beginning roughly in the 7th century BCE, traders exported gold, gum, timber, and slaves from West Africa across the Trans-Saharan trade routes to North Africa.

From here, these exports were sent to areas in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Asia.

By the 15th century CE, Portuguese traders stopped along the coast of West Africa on their way to Asia.

This sparked the long history of colonization in West Africa as well as the beginnings of the Atlantic slave trade, which lasted until the beginning of the 19th century CE.

Merchants from some of the most influential European powers; France, Britain, Germany, and Scandinavia were primarily invested in the Transatlantic and European slave trade.

This trade seized Africans from areas in the West Africa cluster, transporting them mostly to plantations in North America, South America, the Caribbean islands, and to a lesser extent locations in Central Asia and Europe.

This mass movement of people from West Africa has contributed to some of the genetic and cultural diversity around the world.

British Isles

Modern humans arrived on the British Isles roughly 40,000 years ago via a land bridge that connected these islands to continental Europe.

Early hunter-gatherer populations were able to navigate into and out of this region until roughly 6000 BCE when melting ice sheets caused sea levels to rise and the connection was severed between the populations within the British Isles and continental Europe.

Farming occurred largely as an indigenous adaptation with little evidence of acquiring this technology from surrounding colonizing regions.

Small agricultural communities are even recorded as the primary lifestyle by Roman invaders in the early 1st century CE.

By the second millennium BCE, trade relationships spread, and under the control of the Chieftains of Wessex, trade routes spanned from Ireland into central and eastern continental Europe via waterways.

The wealth amassed from this intensified trade likely enabled the Wessex Chieftains to begin construction on what would grow to become Stonehenge.

These trade practices further solidified a deep genetic connection with populations in the West and Central Europe cluster and areas of Scandinavia.

By 43 CE, Roman forces had conquered Britain.

However, by 500 CE, Germanic tribes (originating in present day Scandinavia and eastern Europe) and Asian forces toppled the Roman Empire, and the subsequent continental European expansions brought Saxon tribes into the British Isles.

Powers in the British Isles also conscripted mercenary populations from continental Europe.

The Saxons, Angles, and Jutes came over to support Briton forces defending against the Picts and Scots in the 6th century CE.

Starting in the late 8th century CE, the British Isles were invaded and settled by Viking parties during the Viking expansion.

Normandy later invaded and solidified cultural and economic connections between the British Isles and continental Europe.

To this day, these ancient occupations and trading practices left a lasting impression on the genetic relatedness between populations in the British Isles cluster and Southeast Europe, Scandinavia, and West and Central Europe clusters.

East Europe

The East Europe cluster consists of an area encompassing present day Latvia, south to Ukraine, Romania, and the northern part of Bulgaria, west along the eastern edge of the Balkan states to Poland and the eastern half of Germany.

The early populations in the East Europe cluster consisted largely of small agricultural communities.

Some of these developed indigenously, while others were colonies of farming communities from Asia Minor.

Eastern Europe played a significant role in the metalworking traditions of Scandinavia, and an intense metal trade was established between the two by 1500 BCE.

In 1000 BCE invasions from the Celts (from Gaul and Germany) in 1000 BCE in the north and central regions and invasion from Iranian tribes to the south interrupted this trade.

By 200 BCE, Scandinavian groups drove southward and ended the Iranian control in the south.

Slavs from the North Carpathian Mountains were forced into the steppe regions of present day Ukraine and Belarus by the 5th century CE.

The Turkish Empire controlled the Ukrainian steppe between 700–900 CE and used its location to improve their mercantile empire.

By the Viking Age of the 8th century CE, trade between the Scandinavia cluster and the East Europe cluster continued.

By the middle of the 9th century CE, Vikings took control of the trade route that ran from the Baltic Sea, along the Dnieper River, and into Constantinople in present day Turkey.

The Vikings exploited the local Slavic peoples and established their stronghold in Kiev.

These Viking merchants were to be the progenitors of the Kievan Princes.

By the 11th century CE, the Viking Age ended, and in 1240, the Mongol army sacked Kiev, adding further cultural and genetic influence to this cluster.

Since the invasion of Kiev, this arm of the Mongol army became known as the Golden Horde—the western portion of the Mongol Empire.

The East Europe cluster sits on two prominent trade routes, which resulted in a history complete with invasion and migration.

As a result, the genetic relatedness of populations within this cluster is shaped by the water trade routes from Scandinavia and from the Baltic to (the Black Sea) Constantinople via the Volga, Dnieper, Dniester and the Danube, connecting Eastern Europe with Scandinavia and Siberia; it also includes the Steppe region, connecting Eastern Europe to Russia, Asia Minor, and the Eastern Middle East. Genetic diversity in this region is high.

Southeast Europe

The Southeast Europe cluster consists of present day populations from the areas of Italy, Greece, and the western Balkan states from Bulgaria to Croatia.

Present day populations in the Southeast Europe cluster show some of the highest rates of genetic relatedness to the second wave of migration into Europe roughly 11,000 years ago.

This wave of migration consisted of Neolithic farmers from the Fertile Crescent and expanded primarily into southern Europe, incorporating small scattered European hunter-gatherer communities along their path.

The island of Sardinia, having early evidence of post-glacial hunter-gatherer inhabitants, was not permanently settled until this migration of Neolithic farmers from the fertile crescent populated it roughly 8,000–7,000 years ago.

Although a key position in early Mediterranean trade routes, the populations of Sardinia remained relatively isolated genetically and today, represent a particularly unique connection to Southeast European Neolithic ancestry.

Populations within the Italian peninsula and the Greek and Balkan states, however, display more genetic diversity having experienced waves of migration and the rise and fall of numerous civilizations.

The ancient populations on the Italian peninsula generally consisted of the Greek colonies in the south, Etruscan cities in west-central Italy and north of Rome, and Italian groups, such as Samnites and the Umbrians, who inhabited Rome and central Italy.

The western Balkan States mostly consisted of small kingdoms until the rise of Alexander the Great’s father Philip II of Macedon (present day Macedonia).

These early states had a wide influence as they were shaped by Alexander the Great’s campaigns, the Roman expansion, and migrations from Slavic tribes who were forced from the Carpathian Mountains by Germanic tribes in the 5th–6th centuries CE.

The Southeast Europe cluster is home to civilizations that many consider to have founded the principles of Western civilization and continue to influence modern politics, art, and architecture.

Greek and Roman influence spans the western and southern regions of this cluster, while the influence of the Hellenistic world of Macedonia and Alexander the Great encompass the Western Balkan states.




For more information read:


AncientOrigins is a feature of our Family Finder test.

This feature compares your autosomal DNA to DNA found at archaeological dig sites throughout the European continent.

With the inclusion of ancient artifacts found at each dig site, ancientOrigins provides a percentile breakdown of your DNA relation to the three major groups of people associated with ancient migrations on the European continent.

The following are the three ancient European groups:

Metal Age Invader (Bronze Age)
Farmer (Neolithic Era)
Hunter-Gatherers (Mesolithic and Neolithic Eras)
As more DNA and scientific information is provided in the future, we hope to expand the ancientOrigins feature to include information for ancient origins outside of the European continent.

Final Thoughts

And those are my results.

Luther “breaks up” with Alice – Luther – BBC
Luther Held at Knife-Point | The Enigma of Alice Morgan | Luther | BBC Studios

😀 Can you figure out some of the things that the end of those two video clips from the television show Luther possibly represent to me in relation to my results?

If so, please share your guesses on this post using the comment form below, I am curious if anyone will guess this correctly. 😉

I was hoping for and expecting a bit more diversity, but I anticipated that my results would possibly be a bit less diverse because I possibly inherited more genes from my dad’s side of the family compared to my mom’s side of the family and / or because of the various other factors that effect / affect what you do and do not inherit.

I wish that the estimates were a bit more specific, and so I hope that Family Tree DNA will update our results to be a bit more specific in free future updates as the science and technology and database et cetera improves.

Now I have a better idea of where some of my ancestors possibly lived and what ethnic groups (social groups) they may have been part of, which is helpful for families who lack proper family historical records like both sides of my family, and this information will help if we do find some historical records in the future.

Also, here is a photograph of me when I was a baby, an old slightly censored photograph of my mom and I, and a slightly censored photograph of me and my parents if you were curious:

The end,

  • John Jr

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