Family History

I’ve always really enjoyed family history.  My family has an incredibly cool story that includes sixteen people who came over on the Mayflower (including William Bradford), men who fought in the Revolutionary War, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Fast forward some years… there is also a history of immigration from Puerto Rico through Ellis Island.

It’s like my family history is forever written about in school books, and I love it!

For this last Christmas, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to the experience of AncestryDNA.  We wanted to see how our DNA stacked up against what we already knew.  I won’t be sharing his results as they are, well, his.  But as for me…

I was thrilled to see that the migration routes through time matched up perfectly with what I already knew about my family history.  If anything else had been written there, I’m not sure how I would have felt about the entire process.  But everything lined up, so I’m happy.

I think probably the biggest surprise for me was just the amount that is concentrated in the United Kingdom.  I mean, I always knew that was a part of my history, but I didn’t realize how much from both sides of the family.  The more detailed results stated that the major concentrations were in England, Scotland, and Wales.  I think that’s pretty awesome.  And considering one of my highest ranking bucket list items for many years has been to visit England… well, I guess it’s in my blood!

I wasn’t sure where the Benin/Togo connection was until I looked at my DNA matches.  That’s a pretty cool feature that AncestryDNA has.  They basically match you up with near and distant relatives.  My second cousin popped up!  And his results show Benin/Togo as well.  He is a second cousin from the side that immigrated from Puerto Rico.  It all became clear as I thought about history (even some of the saddest elements of history) and how people from Africa were brought to the Americas.  It made sense.

I had no idea that European Jewish would come up.  That was pretty cool from a Biblical standpoint if nothing else.  Having even the smallest blood connection to God’s chosen people is pretty awesome in my mind.

I’m still reading through a lot of the results.  The company provides a ton of history to go with it all, and I want to absorb every bit of it.  I haven’t done the Ancestry family tree yet.  I have a family tree for part of my family that has already been done (my great grandma was really into genealogy).  It’s well researched and for now that is enough for me, but I am keeping an open mind about maybe trying the family tree feature at some point.  It costs a bit extra and I’m not sure I want to spend the money.  The experience of the DNA has been pretty well amazing all on its own.

Have you ever tried AncestryDNA?  Did the results line up with what you already knew of your family history?

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