I Had My DNA Tested And The Results Were A Little Surprising (to say the least)

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I’ve never been overly interested in researching my family tree but after stumbling upon this fascinating video below I was compelled to unlock the secret to my own DNA. This video really struck a chord with me. After watching it I felt like the world may be a happier more harmonious place if everyone took this simple test. Take a quick look at the video and you’ll see what I mean. 

Pretty crazy viewing right? Well on the back of watching this video I decided to send away for two kits – one for me and one for my husband – and by doing this we would uncover a little more about ourselves and also be able to paint a picture for our sons too. The tests cost us around $180 each but despite the hefty price tag, once my curiosity had been piqued I knew I had to do it. A week or so later our kits arrived in the mail. The testing involved filling a small tube with saliva and shipping it off to the other side of the world. 

Six weeks later we had our results. The only problem was I’d spent most of that time secretly wondering/hoping that my DNA would uncover a few surprises – like the people in the video. My father once told me there may be a Spanish connection in our family tree which sounded rather cool to me. The idea that my dark brown eyes could be a sign of some exotic heritage hidden within my DNA was definitely appealing.  

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Above: The DNA kit.

 

What my DNA did in fact show was 61 percent of who I am comes from Great Britain and 36 percent comes from Ireland (something I had no idea about). Two percent comes from the Iberian Peninsula which is primarily Spain and Portugal and the remaining percentage is from Western Europe which includes Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

While I wasn’t surprised about my British ancestry I was surprised about my Irish connection. I’ve never heard anything from anyone in my family about having a connection to Ireland.  My grandmother was born in Scotland so I was expecting that to come through but not Irish. The Spanish influence is definitely there too, albeit tiny – but it’s a connection to Spain nonetheless. I have to say I was pretty disappointed with my results on the whole though. I know how silly this sounds but I suppose I was kind of hoping there would be something a little more . . . well . . . interesting in my DNA. Turns out there’s not. My husband’s DNA on the other hand is made up of 28 percent Scandinavian, 31 percent Western European and 31 percent Irish. A far more interesting mix than my own DNA if you ask me.

So am I pleased I had my DNA tested? Hmmmmm I think so. It is ironic though that despite my husband’s father being born in the UK I have more of a connection to England than he does. I still wouldn’t be entitled to a British passport though which is rather ironic. But I suppose I’m pleased that I can share these results with our boys so they know a little about their ancestry. As for me, I’ve never been to Ireland before so I might just have to plan a visit and in the meantime, I’ll definitely be paying a little more attention when the next St Paddy’s day rolls around. Guinness anyone? 

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Above: My DNA results.

 

Have you had your DNA tested? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.