On September 17, 2012, I published a post “My DNA–What? Surely you Jest!! Just a few days earlier I received notification of my DNA results from Ancestry.com. My photograph of a torn up circle representing my DNA was prominently included in my post.
For amateur genealogists everywhere, Ancestry.com’s $99 DNA test was probably their (and my) first chance to actually get a sense, scientifically of “where did I come from”. I bought a test in the Fall of 2012, took the test, received the results and was totally confused. Nowhere in my DNA test results did I see any support for my research concerning my Western European roots. Since my own research indicated strong ties to France and Germany, I tore up my test results in frustration.
What a difference a year makes. On Oct. 17, 2013, I received an e-mail fromAncestry.com notifying me (and, I am sure, everyone else who has taken their DNA test) that “Our breakthrough update is here, with exciting new details and context…”. The new results more closely mirror my years of research into my family tree.
In many respects the old and new results are similar. But in terms of my family history research they are miles apart. Much of the research I had given up as wrong, is now consistent with the new results.
My revised DNA test results: My original test results:
Scandinavian 33 % Scandinavia 43 %
Ireland 30 %  British Isles 40 %
Europe West 18 % Middle Eastern 10 %
Italy/Greece 12 % Southern European 7 %
Iberian Peninsula 4 % 
Finland/N. Russia < 1 %
Great Britain < 1 %
Caucasus 1 % 
My research is validated in many significant respects: My Lewis ancestors presumably moved to the colonies in the 1600’s from Wales rather than England.
My Western European DNA is consistent with the Mesle migration from Western France where they lived in St. Maixent, Alencon and Poitou (just North of the Iberian Peninsula) beginning in about 1000. By the 1300s, Mesles lived in the Normandy Region of France. By the the 1500s and 1600s, Mesles lived in Germany before relocating to the New World.
My great-grandfather Franz Mesle, nicknamed “the Swab”, almost certainly lived at least briefly in Austria-Hungary. Germans who settled in Austria-Hungary, (near the Caucasus area) were called Swabs. Franz married Katharine Kirsch/ner, daughter of Conrad Kirsch/ner. A Catharine Kirschner was born in Jabuka, Austria-Hungary in the 1800’s to Conradus Kirschner. By 1881 Franz and Catharine lived in Canada and then the U.S.
If my new and enhanced DNA results are correct that I am 1 % English, my maternal great grandparents, John Fox and Jane Bond Fox, both born in England, must be my only English ancestors.
My search continues. The biggest change in my results are, to be fair, a shift of DNA results from Northern Europe to Northern and Western Europe. But this seemingly minor change is significant in connecting my research to my DNA.
I now continue my search. Who am I? Where do I come from? What difference does it make? Maybe none. But my quest continues.
As for my Lumbee ancestors–I still do not have a trace of Native American DNA
 “Ireland” includes Wales for purposes of the DNA results
 The Iberian Peninsula includes extreme SW Europe: parts of France, Spain, Portugal, Andorra & Gibraltar
 Caucasus is on border between Turkey & Kazakhstan in W. Asia