In December, I was so excited to find out what my AncestryDNA would be. In my post Still Obsessed With DNA I said I would share my story and results. My first look at my Wheel of Fortune showed that unlike my guess of 50% Ireland, 35% Great Britain, 14% Western Europe and 1% Surprise, my real results were very different. Hellooooo what happened to Western Europe?
Instead, my composite is 70% Great Britain, 10% Ireland, 7% Scandinavia, 3% Eastern European, 3% Iberian Peninsula, 2% Asia, 1% Italy/Greece and trace amounts from Africa, and Northwest Russia.
Wow. I guess I won’t make quite as big a deal about St. Patrick’s Day. The AncestryDNA disclaimer is that there is a lot of overlap, the regions and percentages are all subject to debate, and history and conquests tell us a lot. For example, the 7% Scandinavian DNA I have running around in my cells could be from Viking invasions in France and England. Since I’m currently watching “Vikings” on the History channel, that’s kind of cool.
I can trace my relatives on my mother’s side of the family back to England and Germany. Germany is pretty much missing from my DNA so I guess I don’t take after that grandfather. My English ancestors came here in the early 1600’s, quite literally on the ships that sailed right after the Mayflower. They arrived in 1624. How annoying is that?? My husband gets to lord it over me that he is a Mayflower descendant. So there is lots of info about my early, immigrant relatives. On my father’s side, both his mother and father were from Ireland and came here during the potato famine.
Conclusions? It is really interesting. But I want to know more. Of course, I could have a lot of DNA from one specific grandparent down the line of a kazillion grandparents. What does your DNA show? Or what do you think it shows?
Now I want to do the more specific
read expensive tests, especially the one that shows Neanderthal DNA. I realize we are breeding that out in each generation, but for some reason I’m really hoping I’m at least part Neanderthal.
My goal in life is to be part Neanderthal.