Update On My Ancestry DNA

Previous Estimate

Scandinavia 31%

England, Wales & Northwestern Europe 21%

Europe East 21%

Ireland & Scotland 20%

Iberian Peninsula 6%

Europe West 1%


Current Estimate:

England, Wales & Northwestern Europe 50%

Ireland & Scotland 24%

Baltic States 21%

Sweden 2%

Norway 2%

Basque 1%


CURRENT MAPS

ENGLAND WALES AND NORTHWESTERN EUROPE 2

50% England, Wales & Northwestern Europe

Primarily located in: England, Scotland, Wales

Also found in: Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg

The history of Britain, the heart of our England and Wales region, is often presented as one group of invaders after another displacing the native population. The Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, and Normans all left their mark on Britain both politically and culturally. However, the story of Britain is far more complex. In fact, modern studies suggest the earliest populations weren’t wiped out, but adapted and absorbed the new arrivals.

IRELAND AND SCOTLAND 2

24% Ireland & Scotland

Primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, Scotland

Also found in: France, England

Located among the isles of the eastern North Atlantic Ocean, our Ireland and Scotland region remains linked to Celtic culture. Here, along with a handful of other isolated communities within the British Isles, you can find some of the last holdouts of the ancient Celtic languages that were once spoken throughout much of Western Europe. And though closely tied to Great Britain, both geographically and historically, people in this region have maintained their unique character through the centuries.

BALTIC STATES 2

21% Baltic States

Primarily located in: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Also found in: Belarus, Russia, Poland, Ukraine

Thousands of years ago, the early ancestors of the peoples in our Baltic States region came from the east and south. They entered a landscape of low-lying plains, thousands of lakes, and millions of acres of forest, a beautiful boundary zone straddling eastern and western Europe. Inhabitants have seen Vikings, crusading Teutonic Knights, empires, and Communism come and go, but they have maintained an attachment to land, culture, and freedom.

SWEDEN 2

2% Sweden

Primarily located in: Sweden

Also found in: Denmark

With its rocky coastline, wooded uplands, and subarctic, mountainous terrain, our Sweden region emerged from glacial ice as a rugged land of lakes and islands. The Swedish people share a common Norse heritage with Norway and, especially, Denmark that includes language, religion, and art, but they eventually developed a culture of their own. Situated north of the Baltic Sea, geographic isolation from conflicts raging on the European continent did not stop the Swedes from influencing the culture, trade, and politics of regions from the Volga River to Byzantium.

NORWAY 2

2% Norway

Primarily located in: Norway

Also found in: Sweden, Denmark

The earliest inhabitants of our Norway region were strong, seafaring peoples. For centuries, hunter-gatherers slowly pushed north across the Baltic Sea, probing coastal fjords and inland stretches for arable land as ice melted off the untamed region. While Norwegians, Swedes, and Danes all share a common Norse heritage, over time, Norway’s resilient coastal communities evolved into a nation known for its seamanship, technology, artistry, and mythology.

BASQUE 2

1% Basque

Primarily located in: Spain, France

Basque history has long been shrouded in mystery. The Basque country lies on the Bay of Biscay and in the western Pyrenees Mountains, with four provinces in Spain and three in France. The Basques have been living there longer than anyone can remember. Their language is probably the oldest in modern Europe and appears to be unrelated to any other known language in the world. Despite being an ancient people, the Basques currently have no nation of their own. They’re defined by being Basque—not by borders.

Born to Be Basque

The Romans encountered the Basques around 200 B.C., but the Basques had been there long before that. Over time there have been plenty of theories about where the Basques came from: They descended from Europe’s first humans. They were the 13th tribe of Israel. Some have even claimed they are refugees from Atlantis. But recent DNA evidence points to a more likely theory. The evidence comes from eight skeletons found in the El Portalón cave in Basque country. Archaeological clues show these people were farmers; the skeletons date back 3,500 to 5,500 years, and their closest living genetic relatives are the Basques. So the Basques apparently descended from early farmers who settled in the region.

At some point long ago, however, it’s obvious that the Basques became an isolated community. Geography played a role in this. Though local mountains aren’t particularly high, the Basques’ homeland is made up rugged, forested country, which made it more difficult to conquer and also less valuable for invaders to hold on to. The Basques also tended to work with would-be conquerors, like the Romans, who allowed them a great deal of self-rule. For centuries the Basques governed themselves according to their own fueros. These were local laws, taxes, and courts recognized by both the Basques and the kingdom that ruled over the Basque provinces at the time.

The Basques remained somewhat isolated culturally, too, but they didn’t cut themselves off from the world completely. In the Middle Ages, they became expert sailors and ship builders. They were among the first whalers to ply the Atlantic, and Basque sailors ventured as far as the coasts of Newfoundland for cod. And while most of us grew up learning that Magellan was the first person to circumnavigate the globe, he actually died in the Philippines. It was his Basque captain, Juan Sebastián Elcano, who finished the voyage.

Basque sailor Juan Sebastián Elcano

A Unique Language

The Basque language, Euskara, is one of only four languages spoken in Europe or Scandinavia that is not an Indo-European language, and it is an important link among Basques. Basques don’t call themselves Basques; they use the word Euskaldun, which means someone who speaks Euskara. Their land is Euskal Herria, the land where people speak Euskara. As he tried to strengthen his hold on Spain after the Spanish Civil War, dictator Francisco Franco banned publications, broadcasts, and teaching Euskara for decades to suppress Basque separatists.

Migrations from This Region

Large Basque populations live in many far-flung corners of the world. Basque sailors made up part of Columbus’s crew, and some came to the New World with the Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s. Others migrated in the 17th through 19th centuries or fled during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. Basque traditions of inheritance passed a family’s farm to the oldest child, which also made emigrating an attractive option for some younger children. People of Basque descent make up 10 percent of Argentina’s population, and about 18 percent of Peruvians have a Basque surname. Chile, Columbia, Uruguay, Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela all have sizable populations descended from Basques. The largest Basque populations in the U.S. live in California, Nevada, and Idaho. Many of their ancestors came from South America during the California gold rush. When they didn’t strike it rich as miners, they started working as sheepherders and ranchers.

Basque Culture

Modern takes on Basque cuisine have become popular in Spain, France, and the United States. Basque food is known for fresh ingredients, and favorites include seafood (especially salt cod and hake), grilled meats, and cheeses made of ewe’s milk. Basques are also known for their culinary societies, clubs where men traditionally gather to cook (though they’ve recently allowed women in their kitchens). San Francisco’s famous sourdough bread has even been linked to the bread baked by Basque miners.

Basques have made other significant contributions to world culture. Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque, was one of the founders and first Superior General of the Society of Jesus, popularly known as the Jesuits. Traditional Basque sports include stone lifting, log chopping, and pelota. Pelota is a sort of handball originally played against the walls of churches that developed into jai alai. And Pablo Picasso created his famous painting Guernica in response to the bombing of that Basque village during the Spanish Civil War.

A mural of Picasso’s Guernica in Gernika, Spain Courtesy Papamanila/CC BY-SA 3.0

Did you know?

The famous running of the bulls in Pamplona takes place in Basque country.







 

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Groups Are Over-rated

I don’t really want to be connected to a group. I don’t know why I’m that way. I love to be around people. All kinds of people. It doesn’t even matter if they’re nice. Maybe because my DNA matches so many regions around the world – and I draw on all of them by the way – I prefer living in a multi-ethnic environment.

I don’t have to like particular features of your culture and don’t tell me to accept your ways as a condition of anything. I accept only your humanity and right to exist, not the parts of your culture that demean the human creature or any other creature.

Those whose ancestry is limited to one region probably prefer to be with people from only that region. It’s a preference predetermined by one’s DNA (deoxynucleic acid).

Discriminating against someone or shaming someone or a group of someones, because they prefer the company of people from a particular region of the world is exactly as stated – a discrimination. It works both ways however. For a group that is more comfortable with those who look, talk and eat like they do, to discriminate against everybody else is as stated – a discrimination.

By you shaming or blocking or isolating them serves no useful purpose. Name one beyond the joy of psychological torture when you’re the one inflicting the pain.

For me, the whole group thing doesn’t allow me the freedom to be me. Groups do that. There are rules of conduct that reflect certain views, that if not adhered to or followed, then excommunication from the group results. That’s the discrimination that occurs within the group. All groups are the same in that regard.

There are always people within those isolated singular-ethnic groups, who experience the surge of wanting to see what’s outside their world on the other side of the invisible fence. They’re called explorers for that reason. All cultures accept those members of their respective groups who do that. They return with knowledge of different places and Peoples and habits.

It’s the explorers who bring the world together, but as people migrate or emigrate they bring their invisible fences with them and set up their congregations where they land. They develop networks that shuffle people to new locations where similar people have settled. It makes perfect ancestral sense. People want to be with their living ancestors.

What the world fears is assimilation. I don’t want their culture. They don’t want yours. So the invisible fences stay.

No one to date has found the key to unlock that fear. People don’t want to change the way they are. They want everybody else to change to their way. Unfortunately the oldest civilizations are the most resistant to change.

That’s why it’s called resistance. Half the USA wanted change that created a better more organized less wasteful, less fearful country sixteen years post 911. The other half wanted things to stay the way they were, chipping away, while holding onto the “never going to actually get there or by the time we do nobody will care mentalities. Slowpokers I call them now.

Slowpokers over time become high maintenance.

Somebody who makes a feverish attempt at staying slow is resisting the inevitable faster pace required for meaningful positive progress.

The world needs a common cause. That’s the key.

Animal Rights has been selected.






 

The Real Natives In The USA and Canada

My grandfather was born and raised in Inverness, Quebec Canada, yet my DNA results do not reflect me as being Canadian. I was born and raised in the Unites States of America, yet there is no DNA marker that proves that I am an American.

Canada and the United states are not ethnicities. The ethnicities of those who live in Canada or the United States are of a different origin.  Native Americans, although they were here before the Europeans arrived are also not American nor Canadian by their DNA.

So-called Native Americans migrated from Siberia to the western coasts of Canada and the United States, then moved inward. That makes those we call native in America and Canada basically Siberian in ancestry, which makes them essentially Russian/Asian, which explains in part the confrontational history and animosity between these two Peoples: Russians and Americans.

The question that remains is who inhabited North America before the Siberians came to inhabit and claim this land as their own?

To answer that question, you’d have to know how the first human emerged as a human and at what place on the planet that occurred. Did it occur in only one location, as one human in one location, or as two or more humans in the same location, or in simultaneous locations around the planet?






 

My DNA Results Are In

 

ANCESTRY DNA 1

ANCESTRY.COM \ ancestryDNA

ANCESTRY DNA 2

The big surprise was the SCANDINAVIAN influence coming in @ 31%.


ANCESTRY DNA 3

GREAT BRITAIN including WALES AND SCOTLAND @ 21% no surprise there.


ANCESTRY DNA 5

A separate category for IRELAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES was a little surprising @ 20%.


ANCESTRY DNA 4

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.


ANCESTRY DNA 6

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.

ANCESTRY DNA 7

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.

ANCESTRY DNA 8

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.






 

Ancestry DNA Databases

Ever wonder if those ancestor DNA companies that test your saliva and tell you where you really came from turn their DNA intel over to authorities so the authorities can check the results against their own databases of collected DNA evidence, to try to find a match?

I can see lots of room for abuse here.

I think it’s a scam. That’s my view.

Of course, criminals are probably not going to get their ancestry checked by handing over their DNA to somebody they know nothing about, but you never know. People aren’t thinking too logically these days.






I’m Cree

Cree, when I asked I was told through a physical medium – scrabble tiles I used during my rehabilitation from a toxic brain injury caused by toxic molds.

I wasn’t too pleased with that, considering their hunting nature, but then all Indians share that nature. I still don’t like it.

Canadian. On my Grandfather’s side. I’m a Scot French Canadian Cree. Ernest Romanzo Davidson was my grandfather. He died early, when my mother was six years old. My grandmother told me, “your mother will never tell you this, but you have Indian blood in you.” I believed her.

He was born in a Scottish community in Inverness, Quebec.

Romanzo is Italian. Don’t know what that all means. Maybe I’m Italian too. Crees are noted for their cross-breeding.

Maybe my grandmother was part Indian too. My mother said she had a touch of Dutch, from upstate New York in her from her mother, but never said the rest of what she was.

Nanny never did say who I got the Indian from, and I didn’t ask.

In a letter from my mother when she was eighty-two years old, she said her father was delivered by an Indian. That’s the closest she ever came to saying anything about it. I felt like she was leaving something out, but didn’t question her. It didn’t matter.

I was part Russian most of my life until Lithuania became independent of the Soviet Union, then I was Lithuanian. I felt like I lost something, not knowing what.

My father is English and Lithuanian, also Irish and Welsh. Davies.

I could be part Chinese for all I know. My parents didn’t talk about stuff like that. Probably because we had a mixed heritage – which one do you focus on? None most likely.

Hey, maybe I’m Spanish.

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight






 

my heritage

I’m not enough of any one thing to claim anything for myself based on heritage.

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight