My mother, Audrey Fredrick Glover, was the last result to come in. Of the four DNA tests that were taken, I figured my mother's would be pretty easy to predict, Eastern and Western European. My research of my mother's surnames-Fredrick and Graf, led me to Prussia, now Poland area, Palatinate area of Germany, and Switzerland. Imagine my surprise when her results came back 42% Great Britain.
Here is what my mom's ethnicity looked like:
- It is an estimate based on the best science can do now.
- It takes into account 1000-2000 years of DNA
- It goes beyond what genealogists can find as recorded family history.
- My mom is 98% European, less than 1% Asian, less than 1% Middle East, and less than 1% Asia South within this time period.
- I have to think of the results as broad regions, not countries.
- I have to think of it as having two trees: one my genealogy tree and the other my DNA tree. I have to keep reminding myself of this.
Next, I looked at the Ancestry DNA matches. My mom had one first cousin match. Actually, she is my mom's niece's daughter and I know her quite well. My mom had four second cousins, only one with a tree, and I don't know any of them. I am still going through the information, but I have starred five to look at further.
A few of the surnames that I have found a connection to my mom's DNA include Mast, Fredrick, Graf, Livengood, Hershberger, Forney, and Seese. I think I am on the right track with my research here. I still have a lot of work to do to understand all the results and how it will help me in my research, but I am so glad I have my parent's DNA and can continue to learn more about my family history through it.
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