My Journey, Pt 3: The Results are in!

The email hit my inbox at 4am.

I woke up and saw it on my phone, and I couldn’t resist. The DNA process had gotten slowed up a bit, and my results were overdue by about a week and a half. I know that doesn’t sound like a long time, but when you have been waiting for a few years to get the test, and then you have to wait for 6+ weeks for the process to yield results, and extra few days seemed like forever. Until this morning when the email arrived.

The Process Has Been an Enlightening One

Before I share the precious results, I do want to say that has been a delightful experience in the waiting process. Here is what I have enjoyed:

  • I received a text letting me know each time a step in the process had been completed, as well as a link to the site to see what was next.
  • I was able take advantage of a 14 day free trial to build my family tree while I was waiting. This was a captivating experience for me, and I got to find out facts and access vital records such as marriage certificates (and death certificates), census records, and gravesite records that I had never seen before. I found out ages and stages of monumental moments in the lives of my parents, grandparents, great aunts and uncles, and many more. It was fascinating and humbling.
  • I was also able to see other family member’s trees that they had constructed, and I gained (limited) information from theirs as well.

Building My Family Tree

There has always been someone in my family on both my mother’s and my father’s sides who has taken up the mantle of family historian. I was floored to be able to access information in a matter of minutes that it took some of them weeks, months or even years to accumulate. I couldn’t help but think how some, like my dad, would have LOVED this website, and I thought of the conversations about family that we could have shared together as we pieced together the family tree. Powerful.

DNA results

Switching gear from my family tree to my DNA origins, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised all the way around at the results. I knew that I would find myself somewhere on the western coast of the continent of Africa, just not sure which country. I was pretty sure that I had some European DNA, and I was hoping for a wee bit of Scottish in my makeup, just because I have had an affinity for Scotland for a while. {Okay, Dee, stop talking now and share the results with the people, lol!} Drumroll please……… is my DNA makeup!

My results are in!
My results are in! Photo credit: Dee Dean

My Thoughts and Reactions

Benin and Togo? Awesome!! I was on Wikipedia with a QUICKNESS to learn more about these beautiful African nations.

Mali? Check this out. Wikipedia says this: “During its golden age, there was a flourishing of mathematics, astronomy, literature, and art.” Whaaaaa??? If you know anything about me, you know that this tickled my math and science (especially space) loving heart to NO end!

I see you, Nigeria …and Cotê d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, and the Bantu peoples 🙂 I will be doing more research in the days to come, diving deeper <3. Rich heritage indeed!

Hold up! 21% England, Wales & Northwestern Europe?? Like I stated, I knew that as a black woman in the US, I would definitely have some european heritage, but I did not expect the percentage to be that high. In fact, between all the european countries listed on my profile, the percentage is 29%. Whoa.

And yes, that includes 6% Irish/Scottish heritage…I now know that my love of Scotland is down to the cellular level 😉

And the 1% Native American ethnicity  – I give a smile and a nod to my momma, who always said that our family heritage included lineage from those who were here in North America first. You were right mom!

In addition, and of particular note, I also found out that I am part of an additional community: Early Virginia African-Americans. This is of particular significance for me because I am a Hampton, Virginia native, born and raised there. Hampton is the site of Old Point Comfort, where, in 1619, the first documented enslaved Africans arrived at what would become the colony of Virginia. So to be a part of this community that is identified by my DNA is quite connecting and humbling. {By the way, I will be covering a bit of the commemoration of the 400 years of African impact that is taking place in Hampton this year 2019, so please stay tuned for that soon!}

I have a lot to digest here. And it’s not because the results are startling, but because they are complex, rich, and diverse. I will be taking some time to take it all in. And yes, I am so very glad to have done this test, and I hope to get my hubby a kit for his test later on this year.

Have you done a DNA test? Please tell me about it in the comments below, I’d love to hear about it!

2 Replies to “My Journey, Pt 3: The Results are in!”

  1. Awesome Dee! I’m so happy you got the info you wanted.

    1. Thanks Jen! I appreciate that. It was definitely worth the wait! Thanks for taking a moment to stop by 🙂

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