Guys! Remember this post and how I decided to try DNA testing with 23andMe? Well, I got my results back! I was so excited about this. It’s amazing how easy it is. Sign up online, spit in the vial they send you, mail it back, and a month or so later, get an email back with your genetic results and breakdown of your ancestry from 31 populations around the world! My mom has always been really into lineage and we have this giant family tree book back at home… years ago, she actually went so far to trace some of our ancestors back to the Mayflower. Fun/weird fact: My parents both had ancestors on The Mayflower and my dad’s ancestor worked for my mom’s ancestor. Weird, right?
Anyway, I just think it’s really cool to know a little bit more about my roots and where I came from. I was also sort of secretly hoping for something a bit exotic in my DNA… something that would make for an interesting conversation starter. Alas, no such luck. My own DNA is 100% European, the majority of it being British + Irish! So there weren’t any big surprises there, except that I’d thought I had German in there somewhere (not sure why, just did!) and I likely don’t. It’s all British and Irish with a bit of French and Scandinavian mixed in. What was really interesting was mapping out the timelines. My earlier (1770 – 1860) relatives were French and Scandinavian, and then the rest were British and Irish.
So, while I wish I could tell you that I had a distant ancestor from some far away, super cool place, that is not the case. This does, however, help to explain my obsession with both England and Ireland. I was just there, and now both places feel even more special to me, knowing that my distant relatives walked the same streets.
This was such a cool and interesting experience – if you are interested in learning more about your own DNA and lineage, I could not recommend 23andMe more!!
Photography by Carter Fish; Created in Partnership with 23andMe.