“Now, many many years ago
When I was twenty three
I was married to a widow
Who was pretty as could be
This widow had a grown-up daughter
Had hair of red
My father fell in love with her
And soon the two were wed
This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life
My daughter was my mother
‘Cause she was my father’s wife”
~ Willie Nelson; I’m My Own Grandpa
Well, I’m pretty sure I’m NOT my own grandpa, at least based on DNA.
I decided to post this today in memory of my dad, who passed away 30 years ago on this date. A day that I remember vividly. This DNA stuff would have fascinated him. Thinking about you, dad, bless you!
A few weeks ago I wrote about sending my DNA to Ancestry.com to find out where I came from. Even though I’m still working with all the data and there are still a number of things I don’t completely understand, I thought I’d give y’all an update.
I did study a lot of medical information and reached out to two Medical Doctors that I know to verify that my heart transplant would not have affected my DNA in any way, and it does NOT.
Thankfully, there were NO earth shattering surprises. Most of where my roots came from is where we “thought” they came from. And, I had no new unknown siblings, nor any new off-spring, nor aunts and uncles.
So what are my basic numbers?
I am ……….
48% – East Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland & Lithuania)
35% – West Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg)
7% – Ireland, Scotland, Wales
6% – Scandinavia
2% – Finland, Northwest Russia
1% – Great Britain
<1% – Middle East
THEN THERE’S FAMILY –
My DNA linked me to 150+ other folks in the United States. (That I can contact) If there was any surprise, it was that I only knew ONE person (my Aunt, aka my dad’s sister). I did not know anyone else on the list including matches that showed a very high level of confidence that they are “second cousins”. There were some very interesting surnames on my list, I saw a Kennedy, Bush, and a Taft …… when I told my sister about the 3 “Presidential names” she laughed and said that we are going to find out that we came from a very long line of poor people. True or not, this has been a very interesting journey thus far and I plan on reaching out to some of these “second cousins” and try to build my family tree.