Post # 1
I recently took a 23andMe test after uncovering some interesting gaps in our family geneology. Results were fascinating (my dad’s 1/4 to 1/2 Persian and we thought he was French this whole time!) and I really enjoyed it. I’d love to hear your stories!
Post # 2
I took the Ancestry DNA test last year and found out that my dad has a half-brother no one knew anything about. His mom (deceased) must have been 16 when she gave up the child.
Post # 3
I did 23andme – genealogy and health, and Ancestry.
23andme was more involved but it was basically everything I expected. I’m all western European with the bulk of it coming from Ireland and England. Next bit comes from Germany. Teeny tiny little scraps of DNA from Scandinavian countries, probably the Vikings who settled in the British Isles lol.
My husband was totally boring. But his family is direct from the shtetl to the US in the 1900s. Hard to get a lot of variety in the shtetl.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
Myself and my sister (half, same dad) both got results claiming 25% of a heritage that we had no clue about. Still no explanation from our dad and I am unable to trace it back. Because of that, it certainly doesn’t change the way that I identify, but it does make me wonder every now and then.
Post # 5
I always thought I was 50% Chinese / 25% English / 25% German, but turns out I have no Western European in me. My white half is a mix of English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Scandinavian, and Southern European. Oh and I’m around 5% Hawaiian somehow too, which was unexpected!
Post # 6
Thanks for sharing guys! I’d love to hear about any other discoveries Bees! It was an awesome experience for me and it’s fun to hear what you guys learned!
Post # 7
graced : Through the DNA part? Not any surprises… yet. I did find a 2nd cousin (1st to my mom) that was given up for adoption that we all knew about. He didn’t believe me when I told him who his mom was.
Non DNA, just doing family research on Ancestry and beyond: newspaper articles about a murdered relative in the 1920s, articles about a young boy relative who was run over in the 50s, found my husband’s birth mom and her family (also 5 half siblings), and that a grandfather had 3 wives and not 2 like we thought. More to come, I hope!
Post # 8
Ancestry – no surprises – 25% Swedish, 25% British/Irish, 50% Chinese.
Family tree was more facinating…discovered a Native American ancestor, what my ancestors were doing back in the 1600s, the exact spot my surname came into existance…
23andme had a fun surprise. My first cousin is half Chinese, half white like me…our completely Chinese mothers are sisters….I discovered we are also distantly related through our white fathers! We have some white DNA relatives in common.
Post # 9
69% Western Europe – Not a surprise at all. My moms family was German and Polish
8% Eastern Europe
The only thing that I was suprised by was there was nothing back as Europen Jewish. As I have been told my dads family is. I also look Jewish. so just wondering about how much of that I am now.
Post # 10
MrsWiggles : That 8% Eastern European could be Jewish! Especially if it’s from Poland or Ukraine! A good friend of mine is 25% Ukranian but it’s all Jewish!
Post # 11
graced : That’s kind of where I think it might be! I guess I wish it had been like “HERE IT IS!”
But I loved seeing what I am. It really put into perspective the feelings I have for that part of the world. I have such a strong pull to it. We’re going to Romania next year. I can’t wait.
Post # 12
I did Ancestry DNA. The percentages surprised me a bit because of the amount of Iberian peninsula and Scandinavian. That is most likely due to my Celtic ancestry. Ancestry is coming out with updates with a larger DNA pool which might show some changes in the %.
My Ancestry matches have been surprisingly accurate so far. A lot of my tree matches up with my DNA matches.
Post # 13
I did the Ancestry DNA test. My dad is 100% Croatian so seeing I was exactly 50% Croatian was no surprise. My mom’s side was the surprising part. I grew up being told her mother was German and her father was British. Turns out there’s no German in there at all…which is confusing as I know my great grandparents spoke German. There must have been some migration from another part of Europe to Germany or something. Also, Irish instead of English blood. Also little bits of Scandanavian, as mentioned before probably Vikings that got to the British Isles. My mother was shocked and I’ve been pressing her to take her own DNA test to try and figure it out.
Post # 14
I did Ancestry. No surprises for me. I’d already traced multiple branches of family back to the 1600’s, so the results really just confirmed that my reserach was correct. That said, as more people test, the database expands and the results become more nuanced. Mine have already changed once. Nothing major, but I’ll be interested to see if that remains the case.
Post # 15
graced : I did Ancestry. I knew I was part Irish, but wasn’t sure how much. My dad was 47% Irish, and my aunts and uncles (his siblings) were all around 30-40%, so I figured I would be somewhere between 20-30%, but I’m surprisingly 46% Irish. All of my dad’s siblings were shocked to see that I had a lot more Irish in me than they did.
It’s also crazy how different my sister’s results were from mine (full sisters, same mother and father).
ETA: Yes, it’s possible that my sisters results were very different to mine. No, there’s not a chance that we aren’t full sisters. I’m only stating this because the last time I commented on a thread like this and shared this, people tried telling me this was impossible and that my mom must have had an affair or there was something I didn’t know. Genetics aren’t automatically shared the same way among siblings. 🙂