My Saliva’s from Ireland

I had no big surprises in getting DNA results about my ancestry. I had known my great-grandmother left Ireland and settled in Massachusetts and that other Irish were in my family tree, but I was surprised what a large chunk of my DNA came from Great Britain.
Really, though, the only surprise is just a sense of wonder that I can send some spit off in the mail and a technician in a lab somewhere can reach into my past, generations back and back, and confirm the origin stories I heard in my childhood.

On another note, I think I’m done sending bits of myself off in the mail. I sent off my ponytail (to donate it), and I sent off some, ahem, poo to learn about my microbiome.

For the record, these are my ancestry estimates:

  • 50% Ireland
  • 29% Great Britain
  • 07% Europe East
  • no other significant percentages

What a fascinating age we are living in!

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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2 Responses to My Saliva’s from Ireland

  1. Linda says:

    I want to do this too! But the big two companies don’t differentiate between the native populations of North America, South America and the Caribbean. Crazy, right? Glad you received confirmation of your heritage!

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