I Always Thought I Was German – Ancestry DNA
Have you ever been so sure about something, and then found out it was completely different than you thought? That is what happened to me. Thank you to Ancestry.com for providing us DNA kits so we could feature this service. All opinions and are our own.
I was always told I was German… My great, great uncle was even the captain of the Hindenburg. I never even questioned this about me since there seemed to be no question about this. Recently Ancestry.com approached us about taking their DNA test to determine our heritage and feature those results here in a story. The results changed everything I thought I knew about where I came from. I was personally shocked by the results, but now I am so much happier because I know the truth.
The process to get the testing done with Ancestry.com is very simple. First, you visit their site here and order a kit. The kit is shipped to you in a small box that contains the necessary materials to collect and ship back a DNA sample. It is a small tube where you collect your saliva, which is then sealed up and sent back to Ancestry.com in one of their pre-filled out envelopes. Then, in a few weeks, you receive an email notifying you that your results are ready. That's where the fun starts!
When I received the results email, I anxiously opened it to discover that what I had been told my entire life was not really correct. As it turns out, I am 81% Eastern European, 9% Irish, and 10% trace regions. The largest category, Eastern European, is not German as I thought. So why was I being told all these lies my whole life?
Actually, the reality is, that I was not being lied to in any way. The most likely scenario is that my “German” ancestors were not German themselves. They most likely relocated at some point in the past from Eastern European regions into the Germany. So, my ancestors lived in Germany, but their ancestors were not from there at all.
The other surprise to me was that I am 9% Irish…..I had no idea! Heather has always known that she has Irish ancestry, so it was a pleasant surprise to me that I am part of the club too! Now if I could just have that “luck of the Irish” that I keep hearing about.
Heather and the girls (Maddie, Ashley, and Emily) also had their tests done. There were some minor surprises there too! Our plan is to get Ancestry DNA kits for the rest of the family so we can really put the whole picture together. We want to see where each of the places we are from come from. I'd really like to know if it is my mom or dad that has the Irish in them too!
Another very interesting feature of the DNA report is that it automatically matches your DNA with known people in their database if you choose. It then alerts you of familial matches. As you'll see from the screenshot below, it let me know of many 2nd-3rd cousins that I have never heard of before. Maybe I should reach out to see if we have anything else in common! Maybe there is some sort of inheritance that I am missing out on….
I have to say that this is a fun and unique way to get some really interesting information about yourself. These kits make great gifts too! You might be surprised at what you find out…