This past holiday season my favorite Christmas present from my husband was an AncestryDNA kit. I think I casually mentioned maybe once or twice that I wanted to take the test after watching the commercial on TV. I couldn’t wait to receive my results so I quickly spit in the provided tube and off my DNA went to their laboratory in Utah. Approximately five weeks later I received an email that announced my results were ready. I clicked on it with anticipation and my computer froze. I wanted to scream but I didn’t. I waited for the system to get itself together, and when it did, there before me were my results from 17 different regions. After viewing the chart I discovered that I am:
- Ivory Coast/Ghana – 26%
- Congo – 22% – This may explain why I connected to the people in the Congo when I lived there as a Peace Corps Volunteer
- Senegal – 16%
- Benin/Togo – 9%
- African South-Central Hunter Gatherers – 2%
- Mali – 2%
- African Southeastern Bantu – <1%
- Nigerian – <1%
- Asia Central
- Great Britain – 11% – This may explain why I connect so easily with everyone I meet from the UK. I often thought I was British in a past life but it turns out I am British in this life.
- Iberian Peninsula – 2%
- Italy/Greece – 2%
- Ireland – 2% – My maiden name is Irish.
- Scandinavia – <1%
- Finland/Northwest Russia – <1%
- Europe East – <1%
<1% West Asian
- Caucasus Region
- Saudi Arabia
I love my results. I knew my bloodline was busy but the Middle East was a surprise. I was also extremely shocked to find that I am 0% Native American. Now see I know many blacks back in the day claimed to have Native blood and I know from watching a PBS special that most blacks do NOT possess Native blood but white blood instead. I know that history but didn’t think I was one of those blacks because I was told my great grandmother was Native. She raised my mother and her children and my mom always said, “Mama was Native American.” In addition my mom has stories of her great grandmother singing Native songs to her when she was a young child. So, with all of that, where is my Native blood?
I started thinking and thinking about my family with a side eye. Who are these people? Then I called Ancestry to discuss my results. I needed more answers. They sent a video that explained siblings can have different DNA results because they inherit half from their mother and half from their father and might not inherit the same half. However children will share the same DNA that their parents have but still won’t inherit all. Okay so again where is my Native blood?
The video continued and explained all DNA from grandparents and great grandparents do NOT pass on to every child. As time goes on through generations one can easily loose strains of DNA.
So that’s what happened to my Native blood? That particular gene, for whatever reason, did not pass on to me. WOW!
I told my mother she should take the test too.
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