Topic: Donor 689A

I believe that it has been several years since Donor 689A was active, so this is for those of you who still have vials of 689A in storage:

We successfully conceived in 2012 and I gave birth in 2013 using Donor 689A.  We have a beautiful daughter who is 5yo now.  She had some severe allergies to animal dander when she was little, but she seems to have outgrown them and she is very healthy now. 

Donor 689A claimed to have French, German, Romanian, Spanish, and Welsh ancestry.  I was very interested in knowing how much of Donor 689A's Spanish and Romanian ancestry had been passed to my daughter, since she is very pale and looks nearly identical to me.  So my daughter and I recently took some Ancestry DNA kits.

We just got the Ancestry results back yesterday: My daughter only has English/Welsh, German, Irish, and Norwegian blood.  My daughter has absolutely NO French, Romanian, or Spanish ancestry at all.  Which leads me to believe that Donor 689A has no French, Romanian, or Spanish heritage, or that he only had a negligible amount.

My wife is Spanish, so we chose Donor 689A because of his claim of Spanish ancestry.  These findings are disappointing to my wife, who shares no blood with our daughter and now we have found out that she shares very little ethnicity.

In the grand scheme of things, it is not terribly important.  We have a smart, beautiful, healthy, and funny little girl.  I just thought that y'all might want to know that Donor 689A's ethnicity is not what he claimed it to be.

Re: Donor 689A

I'm pretty sure ethnicity is self reported, and that NW doesn't submit their DNA to 23andMe or anything of the sort. I've always taken ethnicity claims with a grain of salt, because very often people don't actually know where their ancestors came from, especially if their families have been in the US for more than 2 or 3 generations. I'd be willing to bet that at least half of all donors (at NW and every other bank) list at least one ethnicity that they are not really part of - especially those who list more than 2 ethnicities.

Sorry you're disappointed, but you are also right that it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.