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The Genealogy of Michelle Reed

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In 2015, I began to help my ex-husband find his birth family, since he was adopted. He ordered his DNA test from I wanted to see what kind of results they produced before I purchased my own.  I was impressed!! It helped me to successfully find his birth family!  So I ordered one for myself and eventually one for my son.  I found some amazing discoveries!!

From doing all of my research, I traced the majority of my ancestors as coming directly from Germany and Ireland, and a couple from England.  So I always identified myself as mostly German-Irish with a sprinkle of English.  Because of my fair skin and light hair, I just "felt" like I was more Irish than anything.  But to my surprise, according to this DNA result, I am sadly only 14% Irish, but a whopping 71% British!  Upon further digging, the German heritage falls between the Europe West and Europe East portion of my results and I have just small amounts of those.  Oddly, I remember discovering one of my ancestors census record showing he was born in Asia one decade, and marked as born in Turkey the next decade.  I believe this is where my West Asia/Caucasus 2% comes directly from. I have still yet to correlate who hails from European Jewish, Italy/Greece and Scandinavia. Maybe some day....

As a comparison, below are my son's DNA results.  I was really shocked to see he had less than 1% of African North, but assume that must come from his father's side. He has a more diluted mixture than I do, but we can see where I lack, he gets not just the African North, but Iberian Peninsula and Finland/Northwest Russia from his father's DNA.  I have also started his Family Tree, but his fathers-father came directly from Hungary and his fathers-mother's family was from Canada. So I don't have the luxury of a long line of Americans to research the records for.

I was able to download my Raw DNA Data from Ancestry. From there I was able to upload it to a few other DNA database sites to find other matches to my DNA.  When researching your family or ancestry with DNA, it is a totally different animal you are dealing with.  You have to have a pretty good understanding of the science behind it. I recommend that if you are getting your test, or already have, and want to research further into it, there are some wonderful sites out there that explain it way better than I ever could.  I will list them below.

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