I did the ancestry testing. (Hubby did too so we can put both together for the kids).
I have family trees going back multiple generations due to the hard work of my uncle on my dad’s side.
I had family stories and nothing more on my mom’s side.
While I was waiting for the test to come back, I started building a family tree. The amount of records I have been able to find became overwhelming!
There’s some very cool gems uncovered, but it drastically changed the course of the Family Lore. Kind of like when a science denier is hit so hard with science it makes denying the science impossible.
I present ME!
The one genetic community is from my paternal grandfather’s side. He was the closest generationally to immigration without massive migration and intermarriage along the way, as seen from the family tree made by my uncle. All other genetic heritages are thousands of years old and the result of many migrations and intermarriages.
Colored areas are definitive. Unshaded circles are smatterings.
This would likely be my maternal grandmother’s family, partially from Germany, and my paternal grandmother’s family, partially from Italy.
Both grandmothers’ families again, I presume. Paternal grandmother’s family is also from Lithuania. Birth records from my maternal grandmother show country of origin births for her grandparents in There is also a mention of Germany.
This would be my paternal grandfather’s family. There is some Scottish on my mother’s paternal side.
The majority of my mother’s family, both maternal and paternal, goes back to England, with a dash of Wales.
Now we go to the tiny percentages that speckle and flavor the rest.
There is Family Lore that my mother’s paternal grandmother was from Sweden. I found records which proved otherwise and have since shown those records to be correct by not having a higher amount of Swedish present. This also mentions Germany, which I know to be factual. And these markers we’re seen in Great Britian due to invasions and migrations.
Records my uncle completed show my paternal grandmother had family from Russia who migrated to Lithuania.
This is likely paternal grandmother’s Italy.
I have no idea……
So…my ancestry is not what I thought it was. I have Germanic ties to my gods, but no strong Northman ties.
What I proved is that I am, like I have always believed, a mutt. I am a large mixture of European muttness. I’m a pound puppy.
What I learned, going through family records while I was waiting for the dna to prove it, is that I have much stronger ties to America than I ever thought.
Paternally, my grandparents were first generation Americans.
Maternally, I found records linking forward to grandparents that stretch back to the 1500s. Some of the records say “British Colony Massachusetts”. I have ancestors who fought in the American Revolutionary War. I have ancestors who fought in the War of 1812. I have ancestors who fought for the Union during the American Civil War.
I have an ancestor who was accused of, and confessed to, witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials.
I am the granddaughter of one of the witches you weren’t able to burn.
I can’t wait to teach The Crucible this year…