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Are You My Mother?

Credit to P.D. Eastman for the title of this story - it was one of my favorite books as a child.


When I purchased an Ancestry DNA kit for myself in the fall of 2016, I was excited to see my results, affirm some stories about my genealogy and maybe bust some myths (where's that Native American DNA everyone kept telling me about?). In January of this year, I went a step further and got my mom a kit. We’ve both been sitting on pins and needles waiting for the results, and last week, they finally arrived.


Survey says – she’s my mom!

While that result wasn’t a surprise (she’ll happily tell you about her 11 hour labor), what I find fascinating are the differences in our DNA makeup.  While a lot of the regions overlap on the map (Great Britain encompasses part of Scotland, but Scotland is also part of the Ireland/Scotland/Wales region), my mom has 4 regions more than I do in her makeup.


As you can see from the graphics, Mom has so many regions in her genetic makeup that it wouldn't even fit them all in the downloadable image.  The additional regions not pictured in Mom's results are:

  • Iberian Peninsula - 4%
  • Finland/Northwest Russia - 3%
  • Europe South - 3%
  • European Jewish - 2%
  • Caucasus - <1%
  • Europe East - <1%
  • Asia South - <1%

Asia?  What?  Granted, Asia South falls in the "low confidence" region, but I would have never imagined that Asia would show up in our ancestry. 


Also, I would have thought that Germany (located in Europe West) would have been a larger number on Mom's results.  The only place I've discovered German ancestors have been on her side, but her results show only 5% in Europe West compared to 27% for me.  Again, many regions overlap and even siblings can have different DNA makeups, but... it's just fascinating! 


With Ancestry's DNA program, you can share your results with others, get hints as to whom you might be related, and even get connected to those individuals in real life.  Through Ancestry, Mom has already gotten in touch with cousins whom she hasn't seen in decades, and I've been introduced to distant relatives.  But fear not, you don't have to share your results and can keep your tree completely private if you'd like.


I look forward into delving further into our DNA results and getting a test into my father's hands at some point.  As always, I'll continue to share my findings with our readers.  Thanks for sharing in my journey!