I posted this on the Bolling forum but maybe someone here can help me understand the results of an autosomal DNA analysis I just received from DNA Consultants.According to my genealogy research, Marcus Marvil Bowling (Bolling) (born in 1780(?)/1786(?) in Patrick County, VA, died 1855 in Mercer County, WV, is my ggg grandfather.His son, James B. Bowling, born 1811 in Franklin, VA, (died in 1892 in Mercer County, WV,) my gg grandfather, was married to Ruth Harbor in Patrick County, VA in 1837. Their daughter, Mintoria Ruth Delilah Bowling (born 1852 in Patrick County, VA) is my g grandmother.Her daughter, Viola, is my maternal grandmother.In addition, in a strange, West Virginia sort of way, my PATERNAL g grandmother is Lucinda Bowling; her son, Elmer, by Franklin Tyler Suiter is my PATERNAL grandfather. (My grandmother somewhat wryly told my mother that she should not date my father because "he's your kin.")Nonetheless, there are three daughters from that union with Bowling/Bolling on both sides, my 2 sisters and me.
The autosomal DNA report is largely incomprehensible to me, a non-science person.However, something called World Population Matches (50 of them) show Portuguese - Northern first followed by (2)Belgian, (3)Portuguese - Azores, (4)Serbian,(5)Spanish, (6)Crotian, (7)Algerian Mozabites, (8)Brazilian - Bahia, (9)Arab - Damascus, Syria, and Jewish in the top 10 spots.In something they call the ENFSI database (European, I surmise) Belgium is first followed by North Ireland, Czech Republic, Scotland, and Sweden.England comes in tenth.
The 18 Marker Ethnic Panel was the most interesting, though I don't completely understand it.Of the Native American I and II categories I have one allele in Native American II, which the explanation states indicates people who are half or less Native American and half Iberian with lesser amounts of Sub-Saharan African.(And we were always told we were "kin to Pocahontas!")One allele is European I and one European II; I is a Mediterranean marker, they state.I have double alleles in the Jewish I category, which the report says appears in Spanish, Portuguese and Moroccan Jews (Sephardim.) One allele is in Jewish III which, according to the report, indicates Middle Eastern roots.The largest proportion of alleles in the panel were in the Sub-Saharan African categories, a total of 5 alleles, one of them a double allele (from both parents?)I have one allele in the Sub-Saharan African I, one in the the Sub-Saharan African II, and one in the Sub-Saharan African IV categories.I have double alleles in The Sub-Saharan African III category, which the report says comes from the interior of Africa.
Needless to say, this is fascinating, for I was much persecuted for my "dating choices" in high school.This natural blonde, green-eyed mountaineer is finding this information hilarious, divine Justice, if you will.Would someone please help me to understand this a little better?
Oh, by the way, the Melungeon Match "shows that you do not have a match for Melungeon ancestry."To me, this may mean that despite the family surname of Bolling/Bowling and despite the genealogy research from historical records my profile does not statistically "match" the DNA of those 40 individuals that were originally profiled.Is this a correct interpretation?