This is a picture of me.
Or, I should say, a picture of my DNA.
For Christmas I received an Ancestry DNA kit. Ancestry.com is a genealogy site that helps people research their family history and connect with long lost relatives. Through the use of DNA testing, a person’s ethnicity can be discovered.
So, I spit some of my saliva into a little tube and put it in the mail.
Then I waited.
What secrets might be hiding in my DNA? Would I turn out to be a descendant of a Viking warrior? Might I have the blood of an Indian princess? Could I be in the line of English royalty?
Or would I turn out to be connected to a ruthless dictator or an infamous criminal or a lady of ill repute?
This morning the results were in. That little dab of spittle showed that my ethnicity is:
- 50% from Great Britain. (No surprise there.)
- 27% from Western Europe (Yep, knew that.)
- 12% from Eastern Europe (Uh huh.)
- 10% from Ireland (Wait. What?)
Somehow a wee Irishman jigged his way into my family tree unbeknownst to me.
Or maybe my Scottish cousin got tossed around in his boat and landed on the coast of Ireland by mistake.
This must explain why my kids loved Lucky Charms.
It’s a good week to discover I’m 1/10 Irish!