I Spit in a Vial All in the Name of Research for the AncestryDNA Test

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Grandpa and Grandma Huber in 1968

Grandpa and Grandma Huber in 1968

Who do I think I am? AncestryDNA helped me figure that out. When it comes down to genealogy, I thought I knew who I was based on what my family told me over the years. My father’s side is German with possible Austrian while my mother’s is Irish and Slovakian.

That's Me in 1971 with the Family Dog, Ahern. I Was About 1!

That’s Me in 1971 with the Family Dog, Ahern. I Was About 1!

Last May while attending the AARP Life @50+ event in Boston, I was introduced to the Ancestry.com people and their AncestryDNA kit. Basically, DNA is mailed in, analyzed and added to a database. If there are any matches, Ancestry.com lets you know and you have the ability to connect with that relative.

My Ancestry Map.

My Ancestry Map.

I was actually surprised by the results because as you can see by the analysis, German doesn’t rank high. In fact, it’s in the 4% “Trace Regions” segment. This process has also introduced me to a distant relative on my paternal grandmother’s side and I’ve been learning more about that side of the family. Now, I’m even more curious to really explore Europe.

As a result of going through this process, I was interviewed by a student researcher and it made me realize that what I’m sharing in my blog and through social media may be the only information my ancestors down the road will know about me. In fact, I feel social media influences my life so much that I do things in order to maintain expectations others have of me.

For instance, when in 2008 I was named a top 50 Travel Twitterer to Follow, I felt as though I needed to post more travel-related content. With this blog called “Solo Travel Girl,” there are expectations that I want to be alone which couldn’t be more further from reality.

Here’s a video I began in June 2014 and finished last night about the kit and my results. If the video doesn’t play view it on YouTube.

Have you taken the AncestryDNA test? If so, were you surprised by the results?

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Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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