But surely, I thought, there is more than that?
And so, at the start of June, I ordered a DNA test. (This may or may not have been research for a story I'm currently working on, too.)
My results came in this morning. I woke up, around 5am, with Celaena soundlessly sleeping on my stomach while I really had to go to the bathroom, but couldn't get it over my heart to move her. Instead, I grabbed my phone off my nightstand and saw, to my surprise as I'd not expected the results to roll in for weeks, that my DNA test was complete.
While this didn't really offer any surprises, it was still very interesting to see, and there's a lot higher % of heritage I didn't know I had.
Bottom line: I'm 100% European.
Not a surprise, but you never know what you might find. I guess my ancestors weren't travellers!
And this is where it gets interesting. Here are my results:
But Scandinavia? Although not surprising (the possibility had crossed my mind!) it's definitely interesting to see that a quarter of me comes from this region, when no one in my family knew!
And then... another 21% from Great Britain--the place I fell in love with and now call home. See, I always knew there was a reason. ;-)
Let's look at things in a bit more detail.
Primarily located in Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein.
While I could have blood running through my veins from people from any of these countries, the 49% here isn't surprising for the aforementioned reasons. Unfortunately, at this point, this company is not able to break things down further, which is a bit of a shame and might have caused an even more interesting breakdown.
Primarily located in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark.
Ah, I knew I was a viking after all! Given it's relatively close proximity to the Netherlands, it's not really surprising, and like I said, I had wondered. But 26%? I say it's finally time for that holiday to Scandinavia.
Primarily located in: England, Scotland, Wales
My dear, dear Great Britain. I've been calling England home for the past three years, and it's called to me for a long time. Moving here really felt like going home. Like with Scandinavia, it's not strange to see this in my heritage, but it does make me wonder... was it really that 21% of myself that called for the move?
Funnily enough, I love England, Scotland and Wales equally. It's all gorgeous and truly unique, and I doubt I'll ever get enough of getting into my car and just drive.
Primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, Scotland.
Ireland! I've only been there once (Dublin + surroundings) but absolutely fell in love. What a gorgeous country, and such lovely people. In fact, I'm going to Ireland next year (Galway, here I come!). After knowing that my ancesters also came from Ireland, even though I'm only 4% Irish, going back feels a little different.
I wonder if my parents knew this when they called me Shanna -- from the Irish river "Shannon".
While tracing your heritage goes thousands of years back according to the site, they had another nifty feature I really enjoyed exploring.
The below picture shows where my ancestors probably lived in the past few hundred years.
I told you my family isn't big on travelling...
As expected, there's also a large presence in Germany, and, although it's a little tough to say, is that North West France, right there, or still Belgium and Luxembourg? ;-)
I hope you've enjoyed this little trip into my heritage!
Have you ever taken a DNA test? Did the results come as a surprise to you? I'd love to know!
(And now, back to this exciting story I'm writing, where a DNA test doesn't quite show the results my main character was expecting to see...)