Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX


March 24, 2014

reflections on My DNA

I have been a member of ancestry.com since its inception - even before, as I was one of the first to participate in rootsweb.com which was subsequently pirated by a few not-so-good people and turned into Ancestry. Ah, but that is another story.

Anyway, I have used Ancestry for years in my research and writing, and for my birthday this past December, Raf gave me my DNA test to run. This is something I had been wanting to do for quite some time, and I was excited to see what nationalities are in my background.

The first kit arrived; I spat into the vial; I returned the vital to Ancestry; they, in turn, said it wasn’t correct and sent it back to me.  The second vial was handled in the same way, and, low and behold, the results came back.

I discovered, not to my surprise, that 99 percent of my ancestry is European.  Of this, 35 percent is Western European, 28 percent is Scandinavian, and 24 percent is Irish. There are trace amounts of other European blood, that being, 6 percent from the Iberian Peninsula, 4 percent being Italian or Greek, 1 percent being English, and less than 1 percent being from Eastern Europe. The less than 1 percent remaining is from the Caucasus Mountain area.

Interestingly, my grandmother always said she was Scots-Irish, but there appears to be no Scots blood in me. The Scandinavian blood is accounted for by the migration from that area into the rest of Europe and the British Isles.

My grandfather came from Germany in 1888, so I was not at all surprised at the Western European percentage, but I found it interesting to have some Spanish, Italian and Greek blood. The one that surprised me the most was the ancestry from the Caucasus area. How every interesting.

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