Where do you think you come from? After years of discussion, Adam and I sat down and ordered the Ancestry DNA tests to find out exactly where we come from. We made a list of what we thought we were in the meantime to see if our results would connect with the dots in our DNA.
We have always been interested in genealogy and tracing our family’s roots. We have scoured websites looking for marriage certificate, death certificates, Durant rolls, censuses, trying to find the missing clues. We have heard stories passed down from one person to another about where our family comes from. We have spent countless hours building our family tree and digging for the next clue to our past.
My mother has always told me that her side of the family was Irish, English, and Welsh. My father on the other hand was always Native American, French, and I discovered Scottish ancestry. Adam, on the other hand, primarily believed that he was English, because Brazier is very English and most Brazier’s reside in England. Adam also believed that he was Polish (for some unknown reason) and Austrian because we found documentation that an ancestor originated from there.
It’s just a little spit.
We ordered the kit from AncestryDNA and received free shipping thanks to a promo code. After a few short days we received our Ancestry DNA tests package. The only thing you have to do it spit into a vial, seal it, shake it, package it up, and mail it. Within a six to eight weeks we received our DNA results via email.
Fortunately, due to new technology of these Ancestry DNA tests, both men AND women can test their DNA. While some databases only test the Y-chromosome from the men (and will only tell you the paternal side) and others take mitochondrial DNA which can be taken by both male and female (but will only tell you the maternal side), AncestryDNA tells you both. They look at over 700,000 locations of a person’s genome.
What are the results?
Adam found out that he is:
- 92% Great Britain (located in England, Scotland, and Wales).
- 4% Eastern Europe (located in Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Russia, Romania, Serbia, etc.).
- 2% Italy/Greece.
- 1% Ireland (located in Ireland, Wales, Scotland).
- Less than 1% Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, etc.).
One of the cool things that Adam found out through his Ancestry DNA tests and about him being 92% Great Britain is that…
…Adam’s genes are considered to be more native than those living in the Great Britain Region.
He figured that he was English, but he did not know that his Great Britain percentage was THAT high. His guessing that he was Polish and Austrian was right, as he was 4%. the biggest surprise was the fact that there is some Italy/Greece in him, as well as West Asia in him.
I found out that I am:
- 70% Ireland (located in Ireland, Wales, Scotland).
- 21% Western Europe (located in Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, etc.).
- 4% Great Britain (located in England, Scotland, Wales).
- 1% Eastern Europe (Poland, Austria, Romania, Croatia, etc.).
- 1% European Jewish (Poland, Hungary, Israel, etc.).
- 1% Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark).
- 1% Finland/Northwest Russia.
- 1% Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, etc.).
I was surprised in my specific Ancestry DNA tests that my Irish genes are that strong. I was expecting more Great Britain and French in my genes. I was disappointed that it did not show Native American in my genes as I am Chippewa Indian, have an Indian card, am on the Durant Roll, and I am 6% Chippewa. I knew that my family was “mutts,” but I did not expect to be Eastern European, Eastern Jewish, from the Nordic areas, or Western Asia.
It was a very interesting experience being able to see what your genes tell you, where your family possibly traveled from, and the history of everything. This is part one of our DNA journey. We are waiting our results from AncestrybyDNA to compare what these two DNA companies tell us.
Have you caught the genealogy bug? Have you ever wondered what you are made up of?