Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Here are the results of my DNA test.  Remember that my father's family was from the British Isles and my Mother's family was from the Aeolian Islands. Remember that if you are closely related to me, you may have virtually identical components or you may have only similar results or just variations in the percentages.  Your genetic history is your genetic history, but the way that chromosomes combine in each individual in a family may make for variations from sibling to sibling and cousin to cousin.

Europe 89% with concentrations in 35% Greece, Aeolian Islands and Calabria.  46% Great Britain
19% other regions.
The other regions include:
Africa 1%.  This means the area opposite the island of Sicily on the mainland of Africa.
7% Middle East.  This would include Palestine as we absolutely have Jewish in us. Lazzaro is an indicator name. That is 3% alone
1% Asia, which seems to be concentrated in India. Now there is a wild card!
2% Ireland Mitchell side.
1% Finland Mitchell side
1% eastern Europe which would include Poland and the other Slavic countries. Mitchell side.
1% Scandinavia.  Mitchell side.
2% Caucasus Could be either side but Cafarella seems probable.
Well, If you can figure that out, you are doing well.  As I explore this more, I will post more and revise this as it is a bit confusing. 

The report also places my family in Coastal Massachusetts...That is both sides as the Mitchells came in in the 1620s in the Cape Ann and Marblehead area,  and of course the Cafarellas came in in the 1890s.
It also places my Mitchell side mainly in the founding populations of the New York area and Long Island.

One strange thing is that our family includes the Vasquez name, which is VERY Spanish, yet the DNA says there are no matches in the Iberian Penninsula...Hmmmm.  Of course the Vasquez family may have come from elsewhere before Spain....that is a mystery!

1 comment:

King Hilary said...

Just a comment about the Vasquez name. It is very likely that the Spanish relatives were actually "conversi", that is they were very likely of Jewish origin and were forced to convert to Catholicism at about the time the Moors were expelled from the Iberian peninsula in order to remain in spain. Despite adopting Spanish names, these families were still persecuted or discrimintated against after conversion, and many then migrated to the Aeolian Islands where there were fewer restrictions on them. One would then expect middle Eastern (Semitic ancestry in the DNA rather than Spanish.