Two years ago for Father’s Day we got my dad the Ancestry DNA kit. It was what he wanted and specifically asked us to get him. Now, we all assumed that it would come back telling us that he was 90% German. What we knew from his family was that his father’s parents had come from Germany before they’d had children. We knew very little about his mother’s side and because her maiden name was German sounding we thought that she was also German.
After a few weeks, he got the results and they were a complete surprise.
That man is BRITISH. He has a little Western European in him, but way less than we thought. Once we got started on the website we were able to start making a family tree. It even links you up to cousins that match up with your DNA. It’s been a fun project..
I got my own kit and was shocked that I am 20% Irish. I didn’t know I was Irish at all. Now, both of my parents, in-laws, husband and lots of friends have done it too. It really is fun. The anticipation of waiting was even kind of fun. If you choose, it can be a lot of work too.
So after many hours of work I found out things I never would have dreamed. One thing that completely shocked me was that most of my family on both sides have been here for a long time. Many of my relatives were part of the Revolutionary War.
Some came over later and I’ve even seen their names on the passenger’s lists for the boats on which they arrived. Some seemed like nice people and others maybe not so much. You can’t pick your family.
Some of the coolest things I’ve discovered are the people way back in the past.
What this particular discovery had led to has been really fun and interesting. Our history lessons this year (we use Ambleside online) have been all about Medieval British history. It’s been neat to read and learn about these great grandfathers. The children have been far more excited to learn about British history because it’s related to them now.
If you’ve ever considered doing your Ancestry, I would highly recommend it. It’s been an amazing experience.
If you haven’t put your Ancestry kits on Gedmatch.com you might like to look into it. It is free, you will get more matches from the big 3 companies and there are lots of other tools to check out.
Thanks for letting me know about this. I’ll look into it :0)
I have been contemplating having my DNA, my spouse’s DNA, and our family “elders” DNAs tested. Thank you for your willingness to share your father’s (and the rest of your families’) experience with DNA testing.
Thanks for reading my post! From what I saw on your blog you would probably really enjoy all the discoveries you’d make doing the DNA test.
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