|Genealogy is a funny thing. Even with an archaeologist in the family, (seriously), you can come across some gaps in the family lineage. So, a couple of months ago, I finally decided to do something about it. |
I had thought about having my DNA tested for a long time. Now, I knew that English and Irish heritage already played a good part in my history, but I wondered about the hidden parts. My mom's family history had some gaps, and I wanted to know more. I sent off a DNA sample to Family Tree DNA with an autosomal DNA test as well as my mom's DNA, the mitochondrial DNA, that went back about eight generations.
I was pleasantly surprised.
|James Claude, my paternal great-grandfather|
My Dad's DNA yielded what I knew to be true. Mostly British Isles, including Ireland, England, Scotland, and the Orkney Islands, which lends a bit of heritage toward the Picts. Yes! As well as a bit of Middle Eastern thrown in the mix. Surprise!
|James Claude, again, with his wife, Fannie, and two of their children. This photo of James Claude, with the mustache, I think resembles my father in his younger mustache days. My dad has those ears!|
My Mom's DNA proved to be a little more interesting.
|My paternal great-grandmother, Tamar, and great-grandfather Jim, with children Beatrice, seated, and Ora, as a baby. Longevity is a hallmark of this line, with the women living well into their nineties.|
Her information told of German, Belgian and French influences, as well as a healthy dose of Irish blood in the mix. Oh, and a bit of Finnish in there as well.
The Irish was expected and I knew of a French trapper ancestor, but the German, Belgian, and Finnish DNA was a fun surprise.
|Bird, as a young woman. She told me that she always disliked this photo, as the dress was too big. Hence, no smile.|
This put my mitochondiral DNA sample into the K Haplogroup. Interesting, to say the least, and a bit unexpected for this Appalachian area.
|Bird's husband, my maternal grandfather, Henry Edward. It was mentioned that, in his early days, he possibly ran a little 'shine on the back roads.|
So, where does this leave me? Somewhat satisfied, with a yearning to know more. Family Tree DNA allows members to work out their family trees and link up with others, as well as participate in family surname projects.
Possibly a project for this summer.
Have any of you had your DNA tested?