DNA Ethnicity Estimates and the Vircigilo Surname #GOONSblogchallenge – Post 5

Ethnicity Estimates Feb 2020

Ethnicity estimates for Julie Goucher Ancestry Feb 2020

Over the weekend I spotted that Ancestry had updated the Ethnicity estimate page on my DNA test. I thought nothing more of it, until I scrolled down and noticed that there now showed a line for Sardinia which was not there previously.

By coincidence, just last week I shared post number four in the Guild Blog Challenge (#guildblogchallenge) where I talked about the surname of my paternal great Grandmother, Virciglio. If you did not see it, you can read that post HERE.

In that post I shared that having looked at the surname distribution map, the nearest locations to Sicily for the surname was in Sardinia and Lazio, although, the frequency of the surname outside of Sicily was in fact Piedmont.

The ethnicity element is hardly an exact science, yet, mine has previously been fairly accurate. I am 50% English, with the majority of my maternal line hailing from the south east of England – Surrey and Sussex and Hampshire which is classed as central southern England. I am also 50% Sicilian, so perhaps I might therefore treat my ethnicity as a pointer in the direction for more research.

Is your ethnicity estimate fairly accurate compared to what you know? or is it wildly inaccurate?


About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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