For over a decade I’ve been fascinated with my ancestral roots, wanting to know where I came from and of course, where we all came from. This fascination began with my cousin’s research into our family tree; she embarked on a journey across Australia and the world when searching the web wasn’t an option and conducted an exhaustive amount of research culminating in a book issued to every member of the family full of history and rich in story.
Once the internet filled up with information and allowed access to historical files, I took over this research, and while exhaustive in the search sense, I was thankful I didn’t have to resume the research on foot. There was an abundance of new research which helped me compile a second book!
It’s keeping this information updated that is even more exhaustive than land or net searches as there is so much information that requires money to simply view files. But that’s another story…
DNA testing is the new story.
There are so many DNA testing companies and tests to choose from that the mind truly boggles, but I was excited to choose; in fact, I couldn’t wait, and so chose to purchase kits (not all at once) from:
Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, and Living DNA updating results to other companies when completed.
What I uncovered from these tests wasn’t entirely shocking as I knew most of it but what I didn’t know did surprise me and it sparked further research, especially into my father’s side of the family whom I have never met, only spoken to.
So the results? See below…