FTDNA released an update to their population finder tool. My old percentage was 90% Orcadian and 10 % Mediterranean.
My new percentage is, 100 Percent European.
If I click on the + symbol next to European, I can expand this to four different reference populations.
My population breakdown is:
56% European Coastal Islands
Islands is typical to the British Isles, especially Ireland. Its reach
includes all European Islands from the far north and down south to the
Azores Islands off the coast of Spain. The continuous mixing of European
populations means that this group is also present in lesser amounts on
the mainland. Genetically close to European Coastal Plain and European
Northlands, European Coastal Islands has had an impact on the demography
of the world because of the explosion of population in the Anglosphere
over the past few centuries.
The farmers came to Britain late,
but when they came they brought great change. The hunters were
assimilated by the farmer. This admixture caused the European Coastal
Islands as we know it to become a hybrid of farmer and hunter. Perhaps
due to its isolation and strategic placement, the major powers in the
world and throughout history have wanted to rule the islands. From
Caesar to the Irish king Niall of the Nine Hostages, we see the wide
variety of genetic influence from the Celts, Picts, Vikings, Normans and
29% European Coastal Plain
The European Coastal
Plain combines nearly all of the threads of European genetic history
into one. This cluster goes from the Bay of Biscay near Spain, toward
the Pripet Marshes of western Russia, to the coastal plain of Northern
Europe. The hunter-gatherer, farmer, and intruder from the steppes were
forged together as one people. The French and the German were created by
the intersection between the civilized and the barbarian during
antiquity. With this diverse ancestry across the uniform plain, a
relatively unified cluster was born.
European Coastal Plain
represents the diverse groups brought together over the past 5,000
years, as Germans, Celts, and Slavs have moved in with their cattle, and
the Romans brought their mills and cities. This cluster is common among
many populations with Northern European heritage. Germanic migrations
after the fall of Rome guaranteed its presence in the south. The people
on the European Coastal Plain are at the heart of recent history. Being
the engines behind the Great Powers of the age, they became the dominant
actors in colonization of the world.
8% North Mediterranean
The North Mediterranean
cluster is a distinct European cluster. It is situated in the southwest
of Europe from Spain to Greece. Its people are a mix of the first
hunter-gatherers to reach Europe and later migrations from Western
Eurasia. There were two waves into the area: first the farmers of the
Middle East and later the Roman Empire.
A long history of
traveling merchants and seafarers shaped this group. The great empires
of Rome and Greece brought it to distant lands. They also brought a
second wave of Western Eurasian influence into the cluster. Its modern
geography speaks to the history of those who moved, either willingly or
in chains, under the Roman Empire. Because of this, the cluster’s
signature is strongest in the western part of the Mediterranean. It is
particularly strong on the isolated island of Sardinia. It reaches
upwards to the British Islands, as well as east into modern Turkey.
have the same genetic origin as those who reached north to what is now
Sweden. While the culture survived there, the genetic signature was
largely replaced by later migrations.
7% North Circumpolar
The world is not such a
wide place at the top and the bottom. The North Circumpolar cluster
began around the arctic as hunter-gatherer peoples. They have carried
their genes down to the modern era. The North Circumpolar stretches from
Lappland east to Greenland. Though genetically diverse, the root of
many of these populations is a genetic signature found most often in
These are the descendants of hunter-gatherers who
withstood the push of the farmers. They adapted, and flourished, in a
new age. Like the Bering Expansion, this cluster goes beyond
conventional divisions, and has clear connections with both east and
west. Even the New World is connected to North Circumpolar due to their
shared kinship with ancient Siberia.
Humans pushed into the deep
north only within the last 30,000 years, going where no Neanderthal had
dared. With connections to populations in the south, the northerners
maintained long term lateral connections and developed a coherence as
the ice retreated. North Circumpolar has its roots with Saami hunters
and fishers, as well as Uralic, Russian, Swedish, and even Scandinavian
Overall I'm quite pleased with the new product since it is an update to an existing product that I purchased several years ago.This is a good example of a DNA test providing results for a long time. This test matches my known ancestry from genealogy.
More info here: https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/ftdna/myorigins-population-clusters/