Just over four weeks ago I sent a tube of my spit to the good folks at Ancestry to learn more about my ethnicity. While I was initially told it would take 6-8 weeks for results, it only took a month – wahoo!
I was hoping that I had some quirky Icelandic blood running through my veins but, alas, I only wear Viking hats in my dreams. Though I did eat a nugget of fermented shark that one time in Iceland and I did NOT hate it . . . so perhaps I’m an honorary Icelander!
Ok, ok – let’s get on with the results!
I know you’re all dying to see where in the world this pasty white girl’s ancestors are from!
Here’s the initial breakdown:
Irish – Not surprised.
Italian – Not surprised (see: Rapetti).
Middle East – Whaaaat!?
I did a bit of clicking around on my DNA Story and found that “Middle East” in my case really just meant even more Italian . . .
This led me to do a bit of digging around the Internet – did other Southern Italians have “Middle East” pop up in their ancestry results? Turns out, yes indeed!
I learned that “Southern Italians are heavily North African/Middle Eastern from both prehistoric and historic times.” Makes sense, but it’s something I’d never thought about! This stuff dates back to prehistoric migrations from 10,000 – 3,000 years ago!
It’s hard to think about anything happening that long ago!
AncestryDNA further broke down my ethnicity by region.
Now, this was the cool stuff for me to see – of course, I wonder just how accurate it is, but sometimes it’s fun to leave my cynicism behind!
Y’all know what this means, right?
I NEED to travel to all of these places!
Discover my roots and all that jazz!
But mostly it’s just an excuse to buy a plane ticket 😉
Fun Fact: I’ve spent my entire life (literally up until NOW) telling everyone that I’m Italian, Irish, and FRENCH. The whole me-being-French-thing came from my grandma (who didn’t know her own mother). She mentioned once or twice that her mother may have had some French blood and I RAN with it . . . all the way to the tattoo shop:
Don’t worry – I didn’t actually get this tattoo because I thought I was French.
I got it for my love of travel and spontaneity! Allons-y is not only the name of the workbook we used in my middle school French class (el oh el), but it also means “let’s go” – it’s a constant reminder for me to seize the day, book flights, and see the world before my time’s up!
Thank you again to the folks at Ancestry for letting me explore my ethnicity!
I was given two kits and I gifted the other to my grandma.
She has yet to send in her spit – I think she’s a bit wary of the whole thing – but we’re excited to see her results as she never knew her mother (my great-grandmother).
Are you ready to find out YOUR ethnic origins?
Use my link for $10 off your AncestryDNA kit!
Have you tested your DNA? Where are YOU from?
Let me know in the comments below!
Spread kindness and cheer, xo