DNA testing | part 2

Getting my DNA results as someone is adopted. | via The Spirited Violet

I have been anxiously waiting for my DNA testing results for a few weeks now!  I have found myself checking their website daily.  I knew my biological maternal family history, but had no information beyond guesses on my paternal side and this process ended up being a little more emotional than I expected.

Over the past week, I’ve had many people ask me if I was surprised by my results.  Honestly, the answer is yes.  I am pretty into genealogy and know my maternal biological side very well for mostly 200+ years.  However, that is really only half of the story.

Getting my DNA results as someone who is adopted | via The Spirited Violet

My test was more specific than I thought in some ways, but less specific in others.  For example, my largest percentage is Western European and apparently because that region intermarried so much, the description for it says this:

Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein

Also found in: England, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic

I was a little surprised by how diverse Western Europe was, but also I found it interesting though because a native Western European usually has around 48% and mine is 43%.  Most of my British ancestry on my biological maternal side is Norman French and I have a German and Swiss German line.  However, this category literally covers 12 different countries… .

My Irish ancestry was a surprise though because it must be strictly from my paternal side.  It was interesting because I hadn’t known my maternal half Aunt had taken the test and I was able to isolate where the European Jewish, Finnish/ Northwest Russian, and Caucasus ancestry came from very easily by looking at her results.

As for genealogy, it has been interesting to see the connections it has given me.   The system says I have 434 4th cousins through’s DNA system; however, I think I was expecting it to better be able to identify family trees with common ancestors for me from unknown lines.  So far, I have a lot of options of people, but I don’t know who my common ancestor is with any of them yet so I haven’t learned any new genealogy.  I have contacted over 10 of my ancestry matches and none of them have responded thus far.  I am trying to remain hopeful for more information in the future though because I tend to be very persistent and Devin is very good at finding patterns.

My Ancestry DNA testing results as someone who is adopted. | via The Spirited Violet

Over all, I thought it was a neat experience, but it wasn’t as life changing as I had built it up to be in my head.  I feel the results are really helpful for people with a very well documented family tree or people who are looking for less detailed information than I was.  Being adopted, I’ve always craved more to know about these unknowns and it turns out that I have a lot in common with others: I’m pretty human.

Part 1: Submitting my test
Part 3: What I have learned 4 months post-results

Have you ever considered ancestry testing?

  • Great Post Dear! Have A Wonderful Weekend:)


    • Rae

      Your results have made me a bit curious as to what mine might be. My father doesn’t know a whole lot about his family’s European point of origin (they are “Arkies” as he mutters); my mother’s father’s family have been in the U.S. since the late 1690s from Germany (and they immediately married into what look like Irish and English families, there’s even a Scottish branch); my mother’s great-grandfather (on grandmother’s side) was off-the-boat Irish; his wife was born in Canada to off-the-boat Irish. My maternal grandmother was born in a part of Germany that is now Poland. So I bet I am all over the place!

      My husband is adopted and I wonder if I can talk him into doing this.

      • You should totally do it! The information has been really interesting. A lot of people do it for Christmas presents so I would do it ASAP because it looks like they get really backlogged. All is my family is from Arkansas as well.

        It would definitely be interesting if your husband could get it done! It is definitely a puzzle trying to figure out how people are related, but hopefully some of my matches contact back soon.

  • I had to do a family tree in college and I could only go back a 100 years. I was suppose to do ancestry DNA testing but I got lazy and never followed through. Sorry it wasn’t everything you hope of.

    • I think it is a great opportunity to look up and you should totally do it if you have the chance, but the more information you have the more info you will get!! ♥

    • I’m sorry the results didn’t turn out to be as exciting as you;d hoped! And I hope you hear back from some of your genetic relatives. I’ve had a hard time on that front as well but two have been amazing and we are working together to figure out where I fit on their family tree. It’s been a great experience getting to know them these past weeks, especially since they are close relatives.

      • I’m glad people are helping you piece out information!! Have you been able to figure out a lot? I have a few 3rd cousins listed that I am really hoping contact me back. What do you consider close relatives? I would love if you were able to find out a lot of information!! I have been able to figure out one or two last names that I think should be on my paternal tree after a few hours yesterday.

  • This is really cool thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Samantha!

      • I’m adopted, and I’ve considered doing this as well! There are some things I already know, generally, but I’d like to find out more specifics! Very cool that you tried this!

        • I would love to see your post if you do it! It is really hard to construct the genealogy from it if you are looking for information on a closed adoption, but the ethnicity matches are really interesting!

  • Super interesting read! I’m sorry you didn’t get everything you hoped for, but it sounds like you being persistent will definitely help 🙂 I can only imagine how curious you are, I feel like the unknown is always a struggle for me. I hope you eventually find EVERYTHING you’re looking for. 🙂

    • 4th cousins go back 300-400 years in some cases which I totally wasn’t expecting. It was a cool experience, but I think my expectations were too high for the info it could give me. As more people take the test over the years, I’ll get more info!! ♥

  • Joy

    This is so interesting! I wish (for your sake) it had narrowed some of the info down a little more, though. Very cool that you have Irish in there! You’ll have to keep us updated as to whether anyone responds in the future!

    • Yours would probably be very interesting since your mother is Finnish! I didn’t realize how isolated that area was on the chart until I was able to see their result information. Hopefully as more people take the test, the info becomes more specific!

  • Wow! So interesting! It makes me want to look deeper into my family roots!

    • You should definitely do it! The information was really interesting!

  • I’m so happy that you got your results even though they weren’t as detailed as you wished! Do you think you’ll do another test in the future, or are you just going to try to work with what you have for now?

    • I think I might try the 23 and me test. It tends to give more specific information. If I get any messages back from the matches I’ve contacted, I likely won’t pursue anything if they can help me piece some info together. I literally spent about 8 hours trying to figure it out and figured out one of my common paternal ancestors with these people by searching through all of the names and trying to see patterns.

  • I’ve been thinking about doing this more and more. Who wouldn’t want to know where they cane from, right. I hope you’ve gotten your test results by now.

    • The test results are in this post. It took about a month to get them, but they’ve been interesting to read over. You should definitely do it if you have been considering it!