This Christmas, I gave an ancestryDNA kit to my son and bought one for myself, as well. Whenever I get time, I work on our genealogy. And it is always full of surprises.
One branch of my family that we were told were Dutch, were German. I realize that over the centuries, the political boundaries on almost every continent changed. But the people didn’t necessarily move. So there is a lot of overlap.
But when your great-grandfather came to the US in 1898 from Germany and you were told from Holland, and you were told his name was Francis but it was really Franz, that’s just lying. My guess is that because Germany was an enemy of the US for a long time, my family made that up. But it’s just a guess. And we definitely had at least one German in my direct line marry into a Dutch family, but so far I don’t see a blood relationship. Yet. That could change with more digging.
I’m WILDLY interested in what my spit will tell about my ancestry. Here’s my guess…. 50% Ireland, 35% Great Britain, 14% Western Europe and 1% Surprise. I’ll share results when I get them back.
What I wish I had researched ahead of time, is that my favorite DNA, Neanderthal, is not tested in the ancestryDNA test. It looks like many of the other tests do test for it. Oh well. I’ll have to decide if I want to spend $200 on something whimsical.
But there is the matter of my burning my hand on the 400 degree pan from the oven. Definitely a Neanderthal move. Fire and I don’t have a great relationship. I’ve pretty much mastered a wood-burning stove, but it’s taken 40 years.
And what will my son’s show? Does he have more DNA from my family than his father’s? We both have a large percentage of Irish and Great Britain ancestors, but my son’s paternal grandmother’s family is Austrian/Slavic/Polish/Ukranian depending on which relative he asks.
All in all, I’m incredibly excited to spit.