Family Ties

I love Game of Thrones! Last night was the start of Season 8, the final season. What I love most about Game of Thrones though, is the strength and loyalty of family.

When it comes to my family, I only know my mother’s side. My father was adopted when he was 13. Over the years, I have had various illnesses and wondered about my family history. I also was curious about where I came from. Its pretty obvious, that I am a typical white woman. But how “white” am I? All I know is that I cannot tan, no matter how long I stay in the sun. And that is a bummer, living in Florida. About 5 years ago, I signed up for ancestry.com DNA kit. It was pretty easy to complete, just swab the inside of your mouth with a big q-tip and drop it in the mail.  A few weeks later, my results were emailed to me and up on my ancestry.com profile. Here are the findings:

Ethnicity Estimate

  • England, Wales & Northwestern Europe 67%
  • Ireland & Scotland 26%
  • Norway 4%
  • Germanic Europe 3%

Additional Communities

  • Northern Arkansas & Middle Tennessee Settlers
    • Tennessee Upper Cumberland Settlers
  • Tennessee & Southern States Settlers
    • Upper Middle Tennessee Settlers
    • West Tennessee, Arkansas & Northeast Texas Settlers
  • Lower Midwest & Virginia Settlers
    • Missouri Ozarks & East Tennessee Settlers

This is crazy! Considering I spent most of my life in southwest Missouri!

And yep, I’m pretty white, and it is apparent after my sunburn this weekend!

I really like using ancestry.com, my DNA results were matched with other users who completed a DNA kit. I have found several extremely close relatives I have never met. Has anyone else tried home DNA kits? I see commercials on TV for 23 and me. Has anyone tried this? What do you think?

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