Who Do You Think You Are?
Does anybody remember that show of a couple of seasons ago? It was a product of Ancestry, the genealogy website and featured celebrities researching their family history. I really enjoyed the show because I have done genealogy for years and years and visit the Ancestry website on a regular basis.
I was intrigued a while back when I learned of the Ancestry DNA program. I was quite interested in learning more about my father's side of the family -- there are some mysteries there -- but I was not able to participate in any of the DNA programs available since I was not male. In fact, there was only one male left in the family that could be tested and he didn't seem to be interested. Unfortunately, before I could press him, he died unexpectedly a year ago. So, when the Ancestry program came about I was excited because it is an autosomal test which would show both sides of a females DNA -- it just can't tell you what ethnicity comes from which side. I ordered the test, provided the sample and sent it off.
About three weeks later I got the results. I was simultaneously overwhelmed and underwhelmed. I was overwhelmed because I thought it was so cool to have actually participated in such a program. I was underwhelmed, not because of what it showed me, but by what it didn't show me. I know I have some American Indian ancestry and it didn't show up at all, even in the "uncertain" category. I was most interested in finding out if my father's father was actually from Irish Jewish heritage, which we suspect, yet, nothing "Jewish" showed up at all. I understand the test is shallow but wide which may show a lot of heritage but maybe not so far back so possibly what I am looking for was too far back for it to show up. They say the results can change as more people participate -- I am not sure how that would affect my personal DNA, I guess I need to do more research as to what the results mean and how they are compiled.
At any rate it was an interesting thing to do but I have to say that I am a bit put off by the fact that I paid $129 to take the test and they are having a New Year's special and the test is now $99 for a limited time. Figures.
So, here are the sought after results -- no surprises. Maybe that is a good thing.
British Isles -- 86%
Central European -- 6%
Scandinavian -- 8%
I tried to post the actual page -- it is pretty -- but it wouldn't work so you are just going to have to take my word for it!