Wednesday, December 26, 2018

DNA Test In!

Pat's DNA test results

This year I gave Pat a DNA test for a Christmas present. Pat claims he is a "mutt."  Well, who isn't?  
The results of his DNA test came in on Christmas Eve. Good timing!

What we knew about Pat's ancestry (Flynn) before the DNA test was that his father was of Irish ancestry. His maternal ancestry is French. In fact his maternal ancestors (Nicolas Pelletier) colonized Quebec in the middle 1600's!  Thus it came somewhat as a surprise that Pat's DNA test results show his ancestry is 60% Ireland & Scotland. The balance of his ancestry is 33% England, Wales and Northwestern Europe.  His French ancestry is only 4%. Another surprise is that he has 3% Norwegian ancestry. Pat says his Scandinavian ancestry accounts for his love of the clean lines of Scandinavian furniture. Every one of our quarterly vacations includes visits to furniture stores checking out the latest clean Scandinavian furniture. IKEA is Pat's absolute favorite destination.

What I find very interesting with these DNA tests is the accuracy of the migration information. Pat's is absolutely accurate in that his ancestral migration was the Saint Lawrence River French Settlers.

Ron's DNA test results

My ancestry was no surprise for me. I knew from my family research history that my paternal line came from England via Jamaica.  My nine times grandfather Jonathan Tipton emigrated to Baltimore County Maryland in 1692 after the Great Earthquake of Port Royale in Jamaica. What was he doing in Jamaica?  He was one of the English colonists, probably by way of indentured servant, of Jamaica.  He was originally from Shropshire, England.

On my maternal side of my family my great-great grandfather Thomas Hadfield emigrated to America via way of New York with his young wife and two young children.  They had lived in Glossop, England. I have the ship manifest to prove that fact. I also have the record of the Baltimore Gazette that proves Jonathan Tipton emigrated to Baltimore County Maryland, his obituary. 

One of the great joys in my life was discovering my family roots. If a genie in a bottle popped up one day and gave me a wish, I would wish that I could visit back in time my ancestors. Wouldn't that be fascinating?  


Harry Hamid said...

I think these things are amazing. I read about genes and DNA - specifically mitochondrial DNA - a few years back and how they can more or less tell how many generations back that any two people had a common ancestor.

They've been able to tell an awful lot about early migration of man using this method, and it's something they've only been able to do for under a decade!

Unfortunately, my paranoia about privacy prevents me from being able to do one of these tests. I still find it interesting, though.

Ron said...

I always thought my ancestry would be one of the great mysteries of my life. I am so glad I broke open that mystery when my brother John discovered that there actually was a Pigeon Roost, North Carolina, where my father said he grew up until he was ten years old. Thus open a whole new avenue of family history to explore. One of the great satisfactions of my life, discovering my family history.

Travel said...

My sister and I did DNA tests last year, I passed. Mostly English, Irish, Welsh, with German and French mixed in. Jay ordered a test kit, it should be here this week.

Ron said...

You "passed" your DNA test? I felt the same way. Didn't know quite what to expect. One thing my DNA test resolved was that I do not have native American ancestry in my DNA. Our family lore has always had it that there was an Indian woman (Cherokee) back in the 1700's. I did find that woman but she wasn't a blood relative. Some of my cousins were disappointed at that news.

Ur-spo said...

Happily my family is so well documented I don't need DNA tests.

Ron said...

Dr. Spo,
The DNA tests are the cheapest yet. You should take one, might be some surprises in there for you!