A for Ancestry

Last year my A to Z was “Fact or Fiction – Family Stories”. When I reached Z I thankfully put family research on hold.  There was one last thing to do.  My husband and I decided to have our DNA tested on Ancestry to verify my family tree research.

After a six week wait our results came back. I found my ethnicity included 54% Europe West, 19% Ireland/Scotland/Wales and 12% Great Britain.  Of slightly more interest I found 6% Iberian Peninsula, 5% Scandinavia, 2% Finland/ Northwest Russia and 1% Africa North.

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I was a little disappointed as I had expected to find out more.  Little did I know what was yet to come!

A few days later I discovered my husband had a cousin match.  We both recognised her name and marvelled at the fact that her family connection showed up purely through their matching DNA samples.

It was then I noticed that I had a cousin match as well.  That was impossible!  Not only was I an only child but so were both my parents, so there could be no cousins, aunts or uncles.  At the side of the page were listed 23 family names as my new cousin had quite an extensive family tree.

Not one of those names corresponded to anyone in my family.  Was this an error on the part of Ancestry?  Who was this person and how could she possibly be related to me?

I sent her an email through Ancestry wondering if she would reply.  I had an unsettling feeling however that I already knew the answer.

29 thoughts on “A for Ancestry

  1. Oh God, now thats building suspense. Its interesting when one gets to traving their ancestory, I would surely love to do this too, tracing down my DNA, across the globe. Going to be here through the month reading through your anecdotes:)

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  2. I am already hooked and want to read more. I just signed up to follow your blog so I don’t miss a piece of this intriguing story!

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  3. I am intrigued! In my family, we claimed “95% German” out of deference to the fact that my dad’s family tree is missing one name, but we assume Scandinavian of some sort.

    I can’t wait to hear the rest of your story! (my AtoZ blog won’t link on WordPress, so I hope it’s okay to put the link here: http:doesntspeakklingon.blogspot.com )

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  4. Hari OM
    Oh, my word… we had a long-lost cousin turn up due to family research, so it is very powerful stuff… as is your writing!

    Am so glad I saw your comment on Carolyn’s blog and got caught up on your being an Aussie – I miss the wide brown land very much (now resident in Scotland) – but am hooked, so will be back to watch this tale unfold!!! YAM xx

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  5. Whoa…wonder if I’m a long lost cousin of yours. My Ancestry DNA has produced a zillion cousins with names I have never heard before in my Family Tree. That’s what happens when tracing your lines back to the Pilgrim landing with 6x great grandmothers and other female ancestors changing last names. Great start to AtoZ…I’ll be back…cousin confirmation on the line.

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  6. I can’t believe I read all the other posts and missed this one! Also, starting out with a cliff hanger doesn’t quite have the same impact when you’re travelling in reverse. I’m lost for words.

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  7. If this tantalising clue is a hint to what I suspect it is, then you have hit on one of the reasons I feel Ancestry, and other DNA sites, should be a little more circumspect in prewarning people they may make unsettling discoveries which can affect all they thought they knew about their place in the world 🙂


      1. Yes, I caution people who think it is a fun gift for birthday and Christmas to take that into consideration. Conversely, I know several adoptees who have taken every test on the market in an effort to trace their biological parents.

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