My ancestry DNA results are in!

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Hello you! Welcome to this blog. As you could read from the title… My ancestry DNA results are in! They were in for a little while now but I’ve kept playing around with the features and enjoy the holiday festivities before writing this post. If you are curious about doing a DNA test myself, check out the post below for more information:

In this post, I’ll be sharing with you my results across the DNA features of Ancestry DNA (I’ll be writing about the family tree features and the world subscription in another post) that go across my ethnicity estimates, the DNA inherited from each parent, DNA communities, matches and traits.

Origins

Ethnicity estimate

Let’s just say I wasn’t surprised at all about the results. Although leading to this experience (being a hopeless romantic and a lover of the cultural diversity of the world), I made up this fantasy scenario to entertain the idea that I might have something more exotic in me. Some complex story of war and migration, and find about stories of lovers from all around the world… to make up for the possibility of having a mostly European result and that ending up being all from only Spanish descent. I didn’t want to be predictable or boring.

This was not completely a made up idea though, since most people I met overseas kept guessing I look French or eastern European. My mom’s family has names like Efrain (Coming from the Hebrew name Ephraim). The north of Mexico is known to have adapted lots of eastern European folk traditions like the Polka dance. And food from Middle East and North Africa like tacos de trompo and cabrito.

What do we eat in the north?

Needless to say, I was really happy that my indigenous percentage was the highest in the list and I wasn’t just full on European like everyone would tend to believe. In fact, recently somebody from New Zealand asked me if I was a “peninsular” and it felt lowkey offensive.

I didn’t want to get into that for too long here but here’s a post where I dive deeper into this issue:

Deep dive into my origins: Being a white Mexican

Although I’d trade being more indigenous for an exotic European background, it was a bit underwhelming to just have two big percentages on my list. Still, there’s much of Mexico and Spain’s history and culture with a very rich and complex ethic background behind.

Adding up the smallest percentages to the bigger picture, turns out I’m 56% European and 43% indigenous American, 2% other with Levant and Nigerian.

DNA inherited from each parent

Ethnicity Inheritance

It doesn’t say which side is your parental and maternal. It first only shows as Parent 1 and Parent 2. It was difficult for me to guess which one was which because they’re both very even with the percentages of European and indigenous, more than I expected. It was until I got in contact with the closest DNA match I got that I could determine the match I had with her was from my dad’s side. It turns out she was my second aunt, my dad’s cousin. And they met when she was a kid and he was a teenager visiting his mom in the USA.

Chromosome Painter

I still haven’t fully figure this one out yet, but with this data, you can get a general feel for how recent your connections are to your ethnicity regions. The longer a segment (a single colored block) is for a region, the more recent your connection to that region may be.

Chromosomes are bundles of DNA in your cells. Most people have 23 pairs. In each pair, one chromosome came from one parent, and one came from the other. The chromosomes that have the most to say about your ethnicities are your 22 autosomes (your non-sex chromosomes), so that’s why we’re only showing you these 22 chromosomes.

DNA communities

The history of the north of Mexico is not as commonly known or widespread as the history of the south and center.

Matches

As I mentioned before, I got in contact with the closest DNA match I got and this is how I could determine the match I had with her was from my dad’s side. It turns out she was my second aunt, my dad’s cousin. And they met when she was a kid and he was a teenager visiting his mom in the USA.

Since it’s such a prevalent story of Mexicans and Latin people in general leaving their families for a better life in the USA, it was interesting to hear from one of my own family’s perspective. My father’s mom was a single parent and had to migrate when my father and his siblings where very young to make ends meet. She left them behind so that the money she earned would go further. She’d send them money but other than that they were left to fend for themselves. Being an illegal immigrant, she couldn’t go back to visit them so it was up to them to go to the US to visit her.

Just to clarify: My grandma was called Eugenia but this family match knew her by the name of Lupe (because that’s what people called her) and no, she didn’t have 10 to 15 kids – it was my dad and 4 siblings – but her sister did!

By Parent

By Ancestor

ThruLines®

ThruLines shows you how you may be related to your DNA matches through ancestors you share. You get ThruLines when ancestors from your tree are also in a match’s tree. Pick an ancestor to see which matches descend from them. 

By Location

Traits

The traits were extra money and they really weren’t very eventful for me. Once you have identified which parent is which, it’s interesting to see where you could’ve gotten those traits from. Most of the traits are somewhat correct but I don’t imagine there’d be anything there that you didn’t know about already.

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