I had a DNA test done last summer through Ancestry. At least I think it was last summer, I know it was last year. At any rate, I was expecting much different results than what I received. I’ve always been told that my mother’s Mother was half Italian, half Irish. That wasn’t necessarily true. Well at least the Italian part wasn’t necessarily true. I knew I was at least half of African decent. That was easy peasy. However, the Scandinavian took me by surprise. When I went in for highlights (and then cried like a little baby when I went blonde in like 10 minutes) I was told by my stylist that I had some Scandinavian in me. I thought she was crazy… turns out, not so much.
I did some research. Apparently, the Vikings (probably Norwegian) not only raided and settled Ireland, they also raided and settled the British Isles. (In my best Paula Dean voice) I’m Viking y’all!!
So knowing that little tidbit of information I think it is safe to say that Grandma was most likely Irish, the most she would have contributed to me would probably be around 13%. If the DNA contribution is truly 50/50 that is. The rest must come from the remaining 1 contributor. (grandparents)
Now for that 12%, a little more research revealed that it could very well be that Native American blood that I know exists in my bloodline. Apparently Native American DNA does not show up in DNA tests. Some long spiel about economic situations and the fact that those that weren’t impoverished or in indentured servitude, were living on the reservation. I’m sure it didn’t help that when census’ and stuff were done they didn’t categorize Native Americans as such in some of the Southeastern states. They were mostly classified as Mulatto.
Now, from what I’ve heard from others on Ancestry, it’s possible that not all of my make up could be on the board. I spoke to this one guy in particular that stated that he knows that he has all these european influences in his bloodline as well as Native American, however when his Ancestry DNA test came back it only said he was Welsh, and not a very high percentage with the rest being uncertain. Ancestry says as people contribute it widens the pool of genetic hits, however it seems no matter who contributes, certain things will never be recognized. Native American DNA for example. The other thing is no two “tribes” would contribute identical genetic material, so I guess it’s easier to just ignore it than try to figure out Cherokee or Blackfoot, etc. I think as the pool widens your numbers change a little also, if I am not mistaken my numbers have changed a little since I first got my results… anyway.
I’m inclined to believe because of the area in which the majority of my family on my Dad’s side lived in the 1800 and 1900’s that my Native American influence is Haliwa-Saponi. I was always told that Great Grandpa on Dad’s side was Cherokee, but I’ve found no proof of that. I also heard that he was adopted by the parents that raised him, no proof of that either. The parents that I found for him did indeed look to be quite “Indian”. And since that is what I was always told he was, that pretty much nails that 12% for me. It’s a shame that I’ll probably never have proof of that.
I would recommend anyone that wants a clue about what they are or where they came from to take the test. It’s like $99, and mines was done pretty quickly. I think I was told 6 – 8 weeks for results however ,they got back to me in like 2 or 3. The good thing is, it doesn’t matter if you are male of female, you get a full look at your DNA with this test, which is why I chose it. With the former tests I could only get a full look at my DNA if I tested a brother as well, and the problem with that is, I don’t have a full brother, only halves. So I was stuck til this test was developed at Ancestry.
Sometimes it’s nice to know what you really are. However after almost 40 years of thinking I was part Italian, it’s hard to come to terms with the fact that I am not. I still think of myself that way. I knew I was part Irish, but never saw myself that way because I’m not typically Irish. I don’t even like to drink lol. Way to stereotype right? However, I have a better picture of myself. I may get a DNA test done for William just so Andre has a full picture for his future. He won’t have exact numbers but he’ll know. Ya know?
You may think you know where you came from, and what your genetic make up is, but at the end of the day, who really knows what they are. This test, in the least, can tell you what you are… it’s up to you to decide who you are.