Last semester, Chris asked me if he could get the ancestry.com DNA test kit for himself. Les and I quickly said yes to him. It’s indescribable being involuntarily separated from your birth mom. It’s unfathomable being shifted from home to home without any say on who your next “parents” will be. It’s simply salt in the wound not having ANY information about your family other than knowing only your parents’ names.
Yesterday, we received the results for Chris’ DNA test. The excitement in the house was palpable. They’ve been waiting 8 weeks for these results. (But poor Chris…he didn’t fully understand the commercial. He thought the test results would give him a list of ALL of his family’s names. I had to explain it to him, which led into several lessons on genetics.)
I’ve been waiting for these results too! I hit a dead end with their family tree. I can’t go as far back as I had hoped due to lack of marriage records and not a single one of them listed dad’s name on any of the birth certificates. Although I do now have both of their grandmother’s full names thanks to ancestry.com.
The results are in! The big boys are 59% German and 35% Irish! (with a smattering of other ethnicities – which are equally fascinating) Chris was hoping and hoping that he was predominantly Scandinavian – because he REALLY wanted to say he was a Viking. I told him to just be happy that it showed up at all. So…as of yesterday, they now claim they are of Viking lineage. My boys.
Even though the results show “Europe West”, we’re pretty confident that it’s Germany, for two reasons: 1) The area the boys were born has a prominent German population 2) I found their birth mom’s birth certificate on ancestry and the boys’ grandma’s last name is very German.
Les also got his results yesterday. I did not. The boys latched on to the fact that they are exactly as much Irish as Les. That was neat. But dad is more Viking than them. Hahaha.
I think the whole thing has been really beneficial for the boys. Not only has it provided them information about their biological family – because even if their family made poor life choices, they will always be their family – but it also helps them bond to Les and myself more. It showed them where we have some concrete, biological commonalities between us.
Now, we’re embarking on a study of Germany and Ireland. I’m excited to see where this takes us!