Mondays huh? After Daylight Savings a few days ago, I have been waking up more exhausted than ever. Everybody in the house was so excited because it would finally be light at 6 ‘o’ clock again. Me? I hate it. I love it when it’s dark by 5pm because I sleep wayyy better. Needless to say, when I made the plan to tackle the week last night, I did not realize how much I’d struggle to get out of bed this morning. Luckily, here I am! I promise you that I am not writing this from the comfort of my pillows and blankets.
One of my goals to start this week was to reconnect with myself and my body. I’ve decided I want to start working out again and I’m going to try out yoga. So this morning, I got out of bed (okay, more like rolled out) and decided that today is the day I’m going to be positive. I did in fact, work out this morning!
Today, I wanted to share a little part of my past; quite literally! As some of you may know, my momma is coming up to visit in just two days. So in light of the woman who gave me life, I’ve decided to share my ancestry DNA with you guys. I actually read another bloggers post a few weeks ago about her DNA and how shocked she was. And I wish I could remember which blogger so I could link you to her.
A few years ago, my mother bought me and her DNA kits from Ancestry.com and we decided that we were going to find out exactly what we were. I decided that I just HAD to be 50/50 between Polish and British and that it could not possibly be any other way.
I have never been more wrong in my entire life.
Taking the test is easy. After you pay for it, they ship it to your house. All you have to do is spit in a tube, shake it with a solution, and mail it back. Within a few months, they send you your DNA Estimate. It’s as easy as 1 , 2 , 3.
So I did just that. I spit in a tube, shook it up, mailed it back, and not so patiently waited for the results. In the meantime, my Nana granted me access to look at the tree she had started creating.
One morning, I was checking my email like I do everyday, and saw that my DNA was available to look at. I’m not going to lie, I was super excited. At the time, I was at Trey’s house and I shook him awake so he could read the results with me. So what are the results??
- 38% Europe West with primary locations of: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.
- 31% Europe East with primary locations of Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia.
- 22% Ireland/ Scotland/ Wales.
- 3% Europe South with primary locations of Italy and Greece.
- 2% Scandinavia with primary locations of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
- 2% Great Britain with primary locations of England, Scotland, and Wales
- <1% European Jewish with primary locations of Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, and Israel.
- <1% Caucasus with primary locations of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.
I was immediately shocked to find out that I had Irish DNA coursing through my veins. This was something I did not know at all! I was even more shocked that I was hardly a Brit, and this was very disappointing.
After taking the test last year, I didn’t really do anything with the information…until now. This morning I started working on my family tree and found out a lot of things I hadn’t known before. I learned some Maiden names, middle names, and even cousins I didn’t know I had. It’s also given me another chance to speak with my cousin and Aunt who I haven’t seen since I was a baby. I also got to ask my mom some weird questions about our family and view my Nana’s family tree as well!
Another great thing about Ancestry is that they create a timeline of history based on your DNA results and they match you to people based on their DNA and timeline. All morning and afternoon I’ve been reading some history facts and looking at potential family members dating back to the 1700s.
I hope to purchase a subscription to Ancestry some day so I can do extensive genealogy and learn all of my family history. I know it’s going to take a lot of time and money to figure everything out, but I think that it’s going to be worth it. I’m also trying to convince Trey to do a DNA kit some day so he can learn his, too, so wish me luck on that one!
My question for you today is this: Have you ever taken a DNA kit? If so what did you think the results would be? What were the actual results? Were your surprised? If you haven’t taken one, would you ever want to? And what do you think the results would be? I’ve loved sharing part of me with you and hope you’ll do the same!
Happy Monday, everyone!