Exploring Your Ancestry

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

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Have you ever been curious about your ancestors? Ever wonder about what ethnicity flows predominantly through your veins? Many people have ideas about where they came from through family stories and documents, and these are exciting. But I wanted to know family treewho went before me and from what country.

The curiosity needled me. When would I ever have time to conduct a genealogy search?

Where would I begin?

Oh, why bother.

Then one of my friends told me about using a DNA test through www.ancestry.com to learn her ethnicity.

Within two months, another friend revealed her ethnicity by using the same DNA testing.

appointment-15979_1920I gave in. The website explained the process. After payment, they’d send me an easy test to use with saliva. (That part sounded gross). But actually it was simple.

Then I waited the six weeks.

At times I forgot about it.

When I least expected it, the results soared into my e-mail inbox! Ethnicity estimate for DiAnn Mills. I laughed while excitement settled like reaching the top of a mountain peak.

The what-ifs tossed psychological stones at me. The e-mail could be informing me that the test was inclusive. Or I made a mistake when taking the test. Or the findings were . . . I was related to a serial killer from a remote island that no one had ever heard of.

With a deep breath, I clicked on the message. Wow, I was thrilled with the findings.adventure-767042
76% Great Britain
8% Irish
6% European West
9% Trace

The site furnished a map and offered graphs and helpful information. It also gave me a list of possible first, second, and third cousins.

I’m still not sure when I’ll do a genealogy trace, but I do have my roots.

What about you? Do you know your ethnicity?

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