Grant and I have just done one of those DNA test thingies. Have you ever done one? It’s absolutely fascinating.
I was tad if-ish at first – the whole conspiracy theory thing about surveillance and identity and blah blah blah almost put me off, but my curiosity outweighed it.
As for the results? There weren’t too many surprises on my side – it panned out pretty well to what my mother has found in her family tree research, although she was surprised not to see and French or Spanish a number of generations back (one of my great-grandmother’s relatives had the surname “Jacques”).
That, of course, led me to do a little more research to find out how it works. Because we inherit 50% of our DNA from each of our parents – and the DNA we pick up from them is random – who’s to say what part gets left behind? It’s why if my sisters or brother did the test they could end up with a slightly different result to me.
What was super interesting was how the testing could centre my results as far as regions and communities.
In essence, my ethnicity is below. The Norwegian influence relates to (early) historical influences in the north of Scotland (hello Vikings), while Scotland/Ireland relates more to the north and highlands of Scotland and the north of Ireland ie the Celtic communities.
Drilling down further, my roots are largely from West Cornwall – Poldark country. My ancestors began coming to Australia in the late 1700s and yes, they settled in the south of NSW and north of Victoria.
Interesting isn’t it? And the “matches” that came up are largely people who Mum has found in her research – although this goes so much wider.
Grant’s is equally as interesting with his roots firmly and squarely in northern England and the lowlands of Scotland. He is, however, dirty that I have more Scottish in my DNA than he does in his – even though he was born in Stirlingshire. Whatever.
While my ancestors were on the move in the late 1700s, his, however, largely remained in the same place.
Of course, I’m now fascinated by the whole thing and want to know more of the stories.
I love how this technology is available to us and how it’s improving all the time and getting more and more accurate as it does. Yes, I know there have been some nasty little secrets exposed as a result of DNA tests such as these, but those secrets are also stories and, to be honest, if I listened to all the warnings and what-ifs I wouldn’t take a chance on anything.
Anyways, even though I need another project like I need a hole in the head I think I might stay down the rabbit hole for a bit longer and see where it leads…
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