Well, here are the results from the other recent DNA test I took, My Living DNA. These look more like what I expected to receive and also provide something interesting that I will share in this post.
The results appear to be in line with prior tests and my research. Here is the breakdown:
Again, no surprises in these results, except maybe the South Italy. I am not exactly sure where that fits in the picture. Maybe I will be able to identify it at some point in the future but, until then, it remains a mystery.
Here is, what I think, to be a cool feature that they provide on this site. They have maternal and paternal migration routes. Let me share them now.
Here is the route my Maternal Ancestors took. The haplogroup U5b is 23,000 years old and originates at the height of the last Ice Age in Europe (a haplogroup is a genetic population group of people who share a common ancestor on the patriline or the matriline).
The population distribution for the haplogroup is represented in this map:
Today, the U5b haplogroup is most commonly found in the Scandavian Sami who are an indigenous group of people who are found in both Finland and western Russia today. They are known for reindeer herding, and are thought to have occupied the area for approximately 5000 years. This might explain the results from the HomeDNA test.
For comparison, here is the paternal ancestor route.
The fatherline signature belongs to the R-U152 haplogroup (also known as R1b). It is found throughout Western Europe and the European Alps, which first nurtured the Celtic people. The Alps were key to the European transition from the Stone Age to the Metal Age due to the valuable ores that lay deep within the mountains. They were intrinsically linked to the rise of the people often referred to as the ancient Celts.
Paternal haplogroup distribution map.
Again, this may explain the wide distribution of results from FamilyDNA, placing populations who share the same haplogroup in Poland, Greece, and even Turkey.
So these results confirm prior tests and research. It also adds another dimension about the historic migration of both maternal and paternal lines from Africa to Europe and beyond.