AND THEN CAME ANCESTRY.COM:
As I was ogling and showing all my friends the varied results, the results from Ancestry.com’s new genetic test came back and I had some new perplexing data to deal with:
41% Southern European (Modern Day Italy, Spain and Portugal)
29% West African (Modern Day Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Gabon, Congo, and various other nations along Africa’s west coast, from The Gambia to Equatorial Guinea)
10% Eastern European (huh? what?) (Modern Day Poland, Greece, Macedonia, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Moldova, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Belgarus, Kosovo)
Given the other tests I’d taken, I figured this meant that I was Greek on top of Turkish and I shrugged it off.
7% Middle Eastern (Modern Day Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Lebanon, Israel)
Yay for Israel!
So now I was a lot of ALIEN. Or well, Native American as the Taino natives on the Dominican Republic were the first line of defense in the Americas against Columbus and there are no purebreds or much DNA.
The cool thing about Ancestry.com’s new test is that it explained the history of how people went from all these places to another along with historical facts about wars and such that would affect my data.
And then I went back to 23andMe and Ancestry.com and I met some of my cousins. See after all the testing, you are connected (if you wish) to your cousins going from 1st cousins–hey, you should know these–to your most distant cousins.
That’s how I ended up with a Colin Murphy in Ireland as a 3rd cousin. And I discovered via ancestry that an O’Farrell-Broch had married a Dominican way back when. Well, that explained Northern Europe where apparently being an O’Farrell puts me in Longford, Ireland at some point.
That’s how I found out all (for now) the places in Spain and the rest of Southern Europe and the Caribbean that my ancestors were from. Dudes, I’m Basque. I’m BASQUE.
Even though I don’t travel well, I made the world’s greatest To Do Travel List thanks to information from my cousins and Ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com where I discovered that:
1. I am a direct descendant of Agustin Franco de Medina, a Spanish Earl
2. that my great-great-great grandmother came to the Dominican Republic via New York Harbor from France (not Turkey!)
3. finally, that an Italian part of my family had been born in America in the 1800s but decided to move to Cuba. So much for being first generation in the United States!
I even had family that ended up in Canada…which was almost as weird as the still unexplained Scandanavian stuff.