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Sunday, May 8, 2016

My Sunday Best and My DNA Ethnicity Estimate Results

Rosie has a new link-up called My Sunday Best. Now that my morning sickness has improved a little I hope to start blogging again, but since my brain is still tired and foggy most of the time, I figure participating in link-ups is my best chance of regularly posting something. I am not into fashion, and I don't look like a model, but I do attend Mass every week, so I decided to join Rosie and her blogging friends and show off my Sunday best.

13 weeks 4 days


The cardigan is St John's Bay from JCPenney. The dress is the Maternity Fit and Flare Nursing dress from Old Navy. The sandals are Sonoma from Kohl's. 
Chris had to work today, so it was just Thomas, Ralph, and me at Mass this morning. Ralph made his First Communion last Saturday, so today was his third time receiving Jesus. I love to see his excitement. We only had one mishap today. Walking to the car, Ralph tripped, fell, and ripped a small hole into his new pair of black pants. Oh well. It was an accident. We all have them!


For my 40th birthday, I was gifted with an AncestryDNA kit from dear family friends. I was very excited to find out my genetic ethnicity estimate. My mother's father knew that both of his parents had immigrated from Hungry as teenagers or young adults. But my mother's mom said that her family had been in America for so long that they no longer knew where they were from, although there were stories of English, Irish, and Dutch ancestors. My father's birth certificate indicated that he was Puerto Rican, but as I never knew him, I always felt unsure of that side of my ethnic heritage. So on the day I was given the kit, I happily open the kit, followed the instructions, sealed it up, shipped it off, and patiently waited for my results. The results came in earlier this week, and I was so excited to learn my ethnicity estimate and share the results with my family and friends. In case you are curious, I have listed my results below. 




Europe 72%
- Great Britain 29%
- East Europe 14%
- Iberian Peninsula 14%
- Scandinavia 7%
- Ireland 3%
- Italy/Greece 3%
- Finland/Northwest Russia 2%

Africa 17%
- Ivory Coast/Ghana 9%
- African Southeastern Bantu 3%
- Cameroon/Congo 2%
- Africa North 2%
- Nigeria 1%

America 6%
- Native American 6% 

West Asia 4%
- Caucasus 3%
- Middle East < 1%

Asia < 1%
- Asia South < 1%


Each region has population history and genetic diversity information to go along with it. I found all the information to be very interesting. 

Any region percentage below 5% is considered a trace region. Ancestry states that since there is only a small amount of genetic evidence to support trace regions it is possible that these regions appear by chance and may not be a part of my genetic ethnicity. 

I am so thankful that my thoughtful friends decided to give me the kit for my birthday. I think it is a great gift for a family member or friend that is interested in their ethnic heritage and Genealogy. Ancestry has matched my DNA to 587 4th cousins (at varying degrees of likelihood). I am not going to connect with any of those people, but I know that some people like to extend their family tree. 
Or buy the kit for yourself! It is fun, and we have had many interesting discussions about my results. 


One last thing, Happy Mother's Day! 


To see what other people wore to church today, check out the My Sunday Best link-up at A Blog For My Mom


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