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The big surprise was the SCANDINAVIAN influence coming in @ 31%.
GREAT BRITAIN including WALES AND SCOTLAND @ 21% no surprise there.
A separate category for IRELAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES was a little surprising @ 20%.
EUROPE EAST including primarily Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia, Herzegovinia, Croatia came in at 21%. I expected to see only Lithuania, or Russia, Poland and Lithuania because of all the ‘occupation of Lithuania’ that went on over the centuries.
IBERIAN PENINSULA registered 6% and generally covered SPAIN and PORTUGAL, yet the physical map included Northern Coastal African countries of Morocco and Algeria. Also included in this map are Corsica Island (France) and Sardinia Island (Italy). I was wondering if I might be Spanish or French. A small amount of both. I say, 6% is statistically significant.
EUROPE WEST @ 1% included primarily FRANCE and GERMANY with map overlays into Northern Italy, Western Spain, some countries mentioned in EUROPE EAST category plus Switzerland. Some more French here and Italian – not much but it’s on the board.
The NEW ENGLAND SETTLERS ethnic categories for me included Great Britain, Ireland/Scotland/Wales and Europe West. The Davidson side of my mother’s family are from Inverness, Quebec outside of Montreal, which is included on the map along with New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island.
What I didn’t find was the Native Canadian via Quebec or Native American via Northern New York connection – the Indian blood my grandmother told us we had, “your mother won’t tell you this, but you have Indian blood in you”.
Maybe some of my siblings or cousins share that DNA. Maybe Ancestry DNA doesn’t track Canadian Natives or aboriginal peoples.
Either way it was interesting to see the results. I understand now why my mother often called me a mongrel. The dictionary says it’s a disparaging (insulting) term for a person of mixed breeds. She didn’t say it that way though. Kinda like when she’d call me her little gypsy as she ruffled my hair as I walked by.
I don’t have to look for the Indian – Canadian or American – I know it’s there somewhere.
I’m satisfied with the results. Nothing shocking once researched and explained. It takes a long time to get the results.
I recommend it for people who have never committed a crime.
It was a Christmas present from Steve. I wouldn’t have pursued it on my own.
Now he gets a present from me and we’ll compare heritages.
French and Italian – though in small amounts – surprised me too. My family didn’t talk heritage like I guess a lot of other families do. It just wasn’t important to neither father nor mother. That’s probably a good thing.
Now, I’m not going to do what so many others appear to be doing or appear to have done, and that is to try out different DNA companies to see if they get the same results as ancestry.com.
I’m satisfied. Looks like I’ve got some Northern African DNA too. A smidgen. But it’s there.
Actually I’m happy with all of it.
Hey, where’s my China connection? I’m supposed to be part Asian. It’s probably hiding in the same place those Indians are hiding. Siberia.