I have been anxiously waiting for my Ancestry.com DNA testing results for a few weeks now! I have found myself checking their website daily. I knew my biological maternal family history, but had no information beyond guesses on my paternal side and this process ended up being a little more emotional than I expected.
Over the past week, I’ve had many people ask me if I was surprised by my results. Honestly, the answer is yes. I am pretty into genealogy and know my maternal biological side very well for mostly 200+ years. However, that is really only half of the story.
My test was more specific than I thought in some ways, but less specific in others. For example, my largest percentage is Western European and apparently because that region intermarried so much, the description for it says this:
Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein
Also found in: England, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic
I was a little surprised by how diverse Western Europe was, but also I found it interesting though because a native Western European usually has around 48% and mine is 43%. Most of my British ancestry on my biological maternal side is Norman French and I have a German and Swiss German line. However, this category literally covers 12 different countries… .
My Irish ancestry was a surprise though because it must be strictly from my paternal side. It was interesting because I hadn’t known my maternal half Aunt had taken the test and I was able to isolate where the European Jewish, Finnish/ Northwest Russian, and Caucasus ancestry came from very easily by looking at her results.
As for genealogy, it has been interesting to see the connections it has given me. The system says I have 434 4th cousins through Ancestry.com’s DNA system; however, I think I was expecting it to better be able to identify family trees with common ancestors for me from unknown lines. So far, I have a lot of options of people, but I don’t know who my common ancestor is with any of them yet so I haven’t learned any new genealogy. I have contacted over 10 of my ancestry matches and none of them have responded thus far. I am trying to remain hopeful for more information in the future though because I tend to be very persistent and Devin is very good at finding patterns.
Over all, I thought it was a neat experience, but it wasn’t as life changing as I had built it up to be in my head. I feel the results are really helpful for people with a very well documented family tree or people who are looking for less detailed information than I was. Being adopted, I’ve always craved more to know about these unknowns and it turns out that I have a lot in common with others: I’m pretty human.