Jennealogy 101

Jennealogy 101

How was your first week of the new year? Mine was… hectic. At least it felt that way. I imagine it is because everyone was back at work and trying to catch up after the holidays. I did work a few days between Christmas and New Year’s and was able to play catch-up, but this past week made it feel like I didn’t catch up enough. Oh well. I’ll probably feel better in a week or so.

I finally got around to using a Christmas gift I bought myself on Cyber Monday in November. Do you do buy yourself Christmas gifts? I never used to and would avoid buying myself anything a month before hand, but when things I want are on sale for such a good price, it is torture to wait a full month to get it. This year, I bought myself the Ancestry DNA kit (not a sponsor, I assure you.)


I’ve had an account for a few years now, but before it I had a rough idea of my heritage: 50% Polish, 25% Dutch, and 25% English. Through the website, I was able to further determine the cities/towns of my origin:

  • Groningen, Netherlands (my paternal grandfather’s side)
  • Taplow, England (my paternal grandmother’s side)
  • Busko-Zdrój, Poland (my maternal grandfather’s side)
  • Domaniewice, Poland (my maternal grandmother’s side)

One of the most interesting things I’ve found out since working on my family tree is that I am related to one of my co-workers. We’ve worked together for almost two years now and during that time I’ve noticed many similarities between us. It’s fascinating!

Now with the DNA kit, I’m not sure what to expect, but I was obviously intrigued enough to order one to see what it would reveal. Inside the kit is a test tube that you spit into for the DNA sample (yes, eww), stabilizing solution for the sample, a bag to put the sample in, and a box to mail the sample to Ancestry’s lab in Ireland (prepaid postage).

Test tube pre-spit (you're welcome)
Test tube, pre-spit (you’re welcome)

I mailed the sample on Friday and the instructions say to expect it to take six to eight weeks from when the lab receives my sample to get my results. So… I have a bit of a wait ahead of me. When I receive my results I will let you know what they say.

Your turn!

Do you know your heritage?

Do we have similar backgrounds?

Would you ever do an Ancestry DNA kit to find out more about yourself?

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