I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% not the ethnicities I thought I was my entire life 😂
This year for Christmas I purchased Ancestry DNA tests for my family, Doug and myself, and I recently got my results back!
My father is African American, but we didn’t know what part of Africa his ancestors were from (or if he had any other ethnicities). I just always “knew” that my mom’s mom was from Portugal, so I was at least 25% Portuguese, or so I thought. I talk a little bit more about my Grandma and her romantic journey from Portugal to the US here.
The entire process from start to finish took about 4 weeks for me. My mom and Doug’s took about 5-6 weeks. The process was really easy, and your Ancestry kit will have instructions that walk you through what to do. Basically, you create an account, spit in a tube, mail it in and then wait for your results. So much anticipation!
When you set up your account, you’ll be able to adjust your settings and decide if you want to know about DNA matches or not + if you want to allow DNA matches to contact you. This is a pretty big decision, so make sure you don’t skip this step! If you change your mind after you get your results and don’t or do want to know about matches, you can update your settings!
Once you get your results, you can start building out a family tree and learning about all of your past relatives and get “hints” (like marriage certificates, old photos of relatives, immigration records, etc.) which has honestly been the most exciting and cool part of the experience for me! I also got community results which helps tell the story of how and where your ancestors migrated which was super interesting. You can purchase a kit here if interested!
Ok, so let’s get to the results! Any guesses on what we might find? Drumroll…
My Ethnicity Estimate Results!
The first thing that stood out to me was that I was only 1% Portuguese! As I mentioned above, I went my entire life thinking I was 25% Portuguese. I even studied Portuguese in college, haha. My grandmother from Portugal’s father was from originally France, so that explains all of the French heritage.
The second thing that stood out that my most predominant ethnicity was German. I knew my grandpa had German roots, I guess I just never realized how strong his genes would be! I went to Germany this past Christmas and absolutely loved it, and now I want to go back. I also want to explore more German wines!
The third thing that stood out to me was all of the African insights. It’s important to understand that most Black Americans have no idea where their ancestors came from…whether they were kings and queens before they were sold into slavery, etc. So it was really special to see these results! I’ve always wanted to visit Africa, and now I have a huge list of countries to visit that I have a connection to. If you’ve ever traveled to Africa, I’d love to get your feedback on the best places to travel!
Also, how interesting is it that my African ancestors came in and settled in the Carolinas and now I live in the Carolinas? I knew that the Carolinas were one of the largest slave-trading ports in the US, but I just never made the connection. It was kind of a full-circle moment for me in a way…
My Final Thoughts About Ancestry DNA
I got my results back a few weeks ago and I’m still finding out little tidbits of history to this day. I’m loving learning about my heritage! I also found a few cousins I’d never known about and have connected with one!
Another thing this test showed me is where my traits come from. It was cool, but nothing to write home about. I did find out that I have a gene that explains why I have attached earlobes, which was pretty cool haha. You can purchase a + traits kit here.
Overall, this experience has been really positive for me. I feel more connected to myself and my ancestors, and I feel very grateful to have access to this kind of technology.
If you’re on the fence about trying this test out, I hope this post has helped you decide which way to go.
Thank you for reading!