DNA land has a new algorithm for ancestry composition. When I looked at my mom's I was a bit shocked. It said she was 4.4 percent Italian and I was 3 percent. Hmm, even with the few unknowns I have in my tree, I am pretty confident that no one was Italian for the last 200 years. Had I seen something like that on the admixtures at gedmatch, I may give it a bit more credence, but to be honest, sometimes I don't know which groups those admixtures are referencing.
.Mom's maternal grandmother comes from immigrant English stock. Even with the difficulties of researching overseas I have managed to get her tree back to the 18th century, and she comes from common English workers. Lucky for me most were nonconformist, which does make them a bit easier to track.
On her maternal grandfather's side we do end with both 2nd great grandparents. One was an immigrant from England born in 1823 and the other was born in England or Canada about the same time. Either way, Italian doesn't seem to fit. The other side is pure early colonial with roots in Massachusetts and Connecticut just a few years after the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth. The latest immigrant there is a 3rd great grandfather from Ireland. And I am not even lucky enough to have a non British surname in the bunch.
I think that the later English immigrant lines are one of the reasons mom's maternal line segment map on her DNA is so poorly identified. I don't know if they just don't test, but we just don't have that many matches I can identify in England. The colonial tends to show up in greater percentages and we have identified some of those segments.
Mom's paternal grandfather came from a mixture of British Isles and German descent. I think if anything this is what is picking up as Italian. The Mangum, Collins, Adams, Hager, Whitley, and Stokes family on this side all came through Tennessee from North Carolina. We do seem to probably connect somehow to the Estes/Estep family from North Carolina. The Barnett and Bagwell family came from North Carolina to South Carolina and Georgia. All of these families though were present prior to the American Revolution, most having qualifying patriots for the DAR.
Mom's paternal grandmother is again a mixture, this time though it's British Isle and Choctaw. The Adams, Rogers, Wallen, Blevin and (not proven) Anderson family all came from Virginia to Tennessee. All of these lines also were present prior to the American Revolution. The Wallen and Blevin line has a bit of tendency to remain strong in my mom's dna. She shares a 1 percent DNA segment with multiple descendants of Elisha Wallen and Mary Blevins in common with Doswell Rogers Descendants.
The Choctaw side while a mixture is a mixture of pre American revolution immigrants to Spanish Territory (those identified origins have been from Virginia) and of course the Choctaw.
So 4.4 percent Italian, hmm.. I don't think so. Even if I didn't have the genealogy, the DNA matches have identified most of these family lines at this point as accurate. The only non British Isles family I know of are the Hagers, and I suspect highly that the colony in Lincoln may have been an offshoot of those from Pennsylvania (the German surnames in both places mirror each other).
I still think everyone should do their DNA. It's interesting what all you can learn.
Speaking of segment maps. Here is the latest on what I have identified on Mom's DNA.