How many of you have taken a DNA test? Or several? My first test was with Ancestry. I must admit that my DNA is probably one of the most boring on the planet – 46% England and Northwestern Europe, 40% Scotland, 12% Ireland and 2% Wales – my ancestors were all concentrated in the British Isles. I read that my Carrico’s probably came from Portugal. That was my mother’s maiden name. A lot of my ancestors carry that name, but no Portuguese shows up in my lineage. Perhaps Carrico’s were from England?
Ritchey, on the other hand, has a good variation – 44% Germanic Europe, 29% England and Northwestern Europe, 10% Scotland, 9% Norway, 3% France, 3% Sweden and Denmark and 2% Ireland. This fits in with his Swiss and German great-greats, as well as his Ritchey and McKee families.
If you have purchased your DNA kit through Ancestry and look at the map showing your results, you can enlarge the area to get a better idea of where your ancestors were from. If you take Ritchey’s 3% French ancestry, it is located in the area that includes Limoges, Clermon-Ferrand, Nimes, Montpellier and Marsaille.
My Scottish ancestry includes the Shetland Islands – quite interesting since we enjoy the Britbox Shetland series! I love their accents.
This year our children were tested. Which parent would they take after most?
|England and Northwestern Europe||29%||46%||41%||38%|
|Sweden & Denmark||3%||21%|
It seems that Linton and Kate are a good combination of both of us. Kate has a good chunk of my England and Northwestern Europe, but also a hefty amount of Ritchey’s Germanic Europe. Linton has close percentages to my England and Northwestern Europe and Scotland heritage. But note that he has no Irish DNA, or it is such a small amount that it doesn’t show up. BUT he has 21% Sweden and Denmark whereas Ritchey has only 3% – not sure how that happened! Both children share my Welsh DNA.
I’m so glad we’ve all been tested. It makes for interesting conversations and gives me a true (true-ish) idea of how much our children inherited from each parent.
What do your DNA results say?
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