I am not a science person by any stretch of the imagination, never have been, never will be, and yet, I am completely and totally hooked on everything to do with Ancestry.com’s DNA testing that helps trace ancestors through the use of DNA testing. In fact, it is one of the most fascinating things I have ever done! It took me a while, however…quite a while.
That wasn’t the case with Rickey Jones who had his DNA testing done a full year and a half before I did. However, my Davis background combined with my strong Libertarian basic fear of all things that even hint of possible government in our business just wouldn’t let me do it…until I finally took the plunge this past month, and I almost haven’t been able to work for studying my profile!
Now you have to keep in mine that none of us, not even brothers and sisters (except for identical twins) have the exact same DNA so it really helps if everyone will have his own test done. So what can you learn from the kind of testing done by Ancestry.com?
As you can see on the profile above, this person’s had 73% of the ancestors from Great Britain. That is an above average number. You do not, however, want to confuse the Great Britain of today with that of yesteryear.
Of course, Ancestry carries the story on through the years.
And for me, the DNA testing identified 311 known cousins. That number will, of course, grow as more and more come to Ancestry.com and do their own testing. As this happens, we will be able to find each other and verify our research, making it possible to know once and for all if we are actually correct in what at times we only think we know now.
On top of all of that, so far my DNA has hooked me into 29 DNA circles, and some were pretty important to research that I just “knew” I had to be correct on…but I also knew that I just might be wrong. Looks like I knew exactly what I was talking about after all! If you are not into research, none of this will mean a thing to you, but if you are, you know exactly how exciting it is to have all of your hours of extremely hard work pay off.