So most of you Giorgio descendants know that I’ve been doing this blog to capture my husband’s story and it has been so much fun researching his ancestors because we knew so little about them. And getting to know our Giorgio kin was the best part of 2013 and 2014.
You might also know that while Rick had been eager to have his DNA tested I figured I knew what mine would be (100% European and mostly English) so what was the point of spending $99 on that. But when Ancestry.com ran a special just before Christmas and I could save $20 I figured – “well, why not?”
I was all set to spend most of last night catching up on my book for this month’s book club meeting which is on Thursday night (1/8/15) when I made the mistake of checking emails and learned:
“YOUR ANCESTRY DNA RESULTS ARE IN!”
That was it for Miss Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightly.
Imagine my surprise when I clicked on the map to reveal my Ethnicity Estimate and saw the following percentages:
30% Europe West (which includes Germany where my maternal grandfather’s grandfather immigrated from in 1850 so no surprise there)
28% Ireland (the concentric circles over this area include most of England, but the greatest concentration was over Ireland – a bit of a surprise)
26% Scandinavian (That was a surprise but I’ll chalk it up to marauding Vikings who made lots of visits to England back in the day)
7% Italy/Greece (Big Surprise and I’m excited to learn more)
5% Iberian Peninsula (another mystery)
2% Great Britain (really?!? – 2%)
1% Finland and N. Russia (sure, why not?)
I’m still deciphering the results (it’s complicated) and even though I’m sure that the primary purpose of these tests is to make money for the companies doing them, I’m excited to find out more about the 88 DNA matches likely to be at least a 3rd to 5th cousin of mine. I’m hopeful that they will be willing to share information. And I’m really hoping I find the Italian connection.