For Christmas this year, I decided that I wanted to get my mother and father DNA-tested through Ancestry.com. While it’s true that my family tree is extremely well-elucidated and researched, there are still pockets where certain things are unclear. For example, I only know back to my 3x great-grandparents on my Krueger side (due to records from Pomerania being difficult to find and the common nature of the family name), so if we matched someone in the world who had Krueger ancestors it would indicate a link between those families despite the absence of documentation. Similar situations are present for many of the Irish lines of my family due to the scarcity of records from Ireland.
So at Christmas this year my mother spit into a test-tube and sent off an envelope to be analyzed. Yesterday we got the results back.
My mother’s DNA matched at least 20 people “closely” (5th cousins or better). I’ll have to investigate each one!
It showed that she has 19% DNA from Scandanavia (that would be the Norwegian side, Hanson and Olson), 32% “Europe East”, which would be the Prussian stuff (Krueger, Hoge, Schmidt, Zierke, Schulz, Winkelmann). Then 38% from “Great Britain”. I assume this is the Irish from the Mullins, Hammond, and all the British stuff from the Curtis side of my family. Then there’s 9% of the DNA marked “Other”.
I have no idea how much confidence to give these results. I know from my research that my mother’s grandparents break down as follows:
Oscar Krueger: 100% Prussian
Edith Curtis: 50% Irish and 50% English
Olga Hanson: 100% Norwegian
Edwin Schmidt: 100% Prussian
So my maternal grandfather was 50% Prussian, 25% Irish, 25% English, and my maternal grandmother was 50% Norwegian and 50% Prussian. That makes my mother 50% Prussian, 25% Irish/English, and 25% Norwegian. The DNA results have much more “Great Britain” than predicted. No idea what that means.
On the Schmidt side of my mother’s family there was a family rumor that someone in the family brought back and married a “Mongolian Princess”. Interestingly, my mother’s DNA shows 2% of her genetics are from “Asia Central” which is the area around Turkmenistan and Northern Iran. Very interesting!
Here’s the full breakdown of her results:
Great Britain 38%
Europe East 32%
Europe West 4%
Asia Central 2%
Finland/Northwest Russia 1%
As time goes on and other people are tested, we can see if more matches are found.