March 13, 2012 § 2 Comments
I will admit when I got my results I was a little let down, though its not in a regretful way. You can learn a lot from DNA, a hell of a lot, and I was hoping my results might be a tiny bit more conclusive as to giving me some insight about myself that I couldn’t have other wise guessed. Being adopted is a weird thing – especially being adopted from the US and being caucasian. Because honestly? I may not know much about myself but I of course could have surmised a few things, I was European or Russian – based off most of my features and the particular olive tint to my skin we always guessed Russian or Eastern European. My adoptive parents briefly met my Mother and her Grandmother (whom was raising her) and could fairly close to 100% guarantee me I wasn’t from a recently-Americanized family. But this is all still fairly vague information, and its always bothered me to an extent to never be able to pinpoint these things.
Like I mentioned previously, it was always kinda weird to be the one kid in Middle and High school, doing genealogy projects in Biology classes who really had no idea what they were. I mean most of my friends or classmates probably couldn’t list specific cities or region of a country, but they at least knew if they were French or German or Austrian or not – something I never shared.
Well back on topic, unfortunately for my curiosity (and the fact that I’m female is to blame!) I happen to belong to the most common haplogroup that makes up, well, a majority of Europeans! Oh great, I totally couldn’t have already told you guys I was European, right? I mean come on! It was almost comical in a way to refresh the page and see my results, and how generally unhelpful or inconclusive they were for my needs. Does this make it less cool that I had my mtDNA tested? No, not really, just a little bit of a let down in so far as finding something out about myself.
40-60% of Europe shows markers or belongs to haplogroup H and its fairly evenly spread out – something any and all of my googling has agreed upon. On another sucky note for me this doesn’t rule out anything! A pretty big portion of the populated portions of Russian is included in the large frequency area of the haplogroup – as are Germany and Eastern Europe (what most people also guess). On the good end this does pretty much confirm our thoughts about where at least half of my lineage is – Eastern Europe, France, or Russian; on the other end? I didn’t win any bets!
When I started to look into other information and mappings of other H sub-groups that more definitively give a location it does make it look like I do have more of a chance of being French/Eastern European then anything else. If you were to ask me, I’d honestly guess French based off a lot of charts I’ve seen, they seem to pretty commonly be the one lineage that sticks in the close subgroups/main grouping of haplogroup H, though that could be completely wrong and is 100% based of me likely half-misreading charts at 8am while drinking a Bloody Mary.
Friday’s post may or may not be an outfit post or may be something else entirely! As I have a rather annoying 11am flight where I have to get all the way to Midway after dropping my puppers off at 9am, well, I’ll be cutting it close! But at least I’m seemingly back to keeping on schedule!
February 9, 2012 Comments Off on [ the journey of man – February 9th, 2012 ]
I get asked this a lot, probably not shocking for everyone to hear that, and I’ve always known the answer — if the opportunity presented itself I would go for it, but honestly its expensive, I don’t live in Florida any more, since I’m over 21 my (adoptive) parents now can no longer request it themselves so right now? It would honestly be more of a hassle then it would a help.
That being said, it doesn’t mean I’ve never been curious – infact the truth is quite the opposite. Its something I’ll admit to have struggled with over the years. My (adoptive) parents -are- my parents, I don’t know other parents I don’t consider myself as really (actively at least) having other parents, but somewhere in the back of my mind I constantly am aware that biologically, I’m not their child – even if I’m not treated differently by anyone in my family or not; which is probably a perk of having been adopted at birth and thank whatever higher power may exist not having to have gone through the Foster care system.
My big news I mentioned a few entries back is something I never thought would happen.
When I was younger me and my parents had talked about getting my DNA tested but it used to be really expensive, like not worth it expensive for how young I was the one time it came up. The second lab we had in my Bio-Anthropology class we got told we could put our names in a hat, to have them drawn (3 people would get their DNA tested through National Geographic’s Genegraphic Project). I kinda made a bold step and asked the class that if anyone got chosen and really didn’t mind, to give up their test to me because – well I’m adopted and unlike the majority of people I don’t even have a sliver of knowledge about what ethnicity I am or where I fall on the Geneology tree.
One of the guys in my group ended up gettingp picked and he gave up his test for me – probably one of the nicest things someone has ever done for me and I don’t really know if he understands teh gravity of the gesture he made or how much I appreciated it (I’ll admit I cried when I got in my car).
Thinking about knowing something like half o my lineage is a world changing thing for me, its so weird. In both freaky and awesome ways. I’m really curious but I’m scared at the same time. Honestly, I used to make jokes and try and get out of famil history/nationality projects when I was a kid, I guess I won’t have that option any more.
I feel like I should say more, but I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around it. So this will be a really short entry, but look for updates on my results as soon as I get them!
PS. Not this week (mmm midterms) or next week (mmm two papers due) but the following week after I’m gonna change my updating style. Tuesdays will be my generic update day and Fridays will be an outfit post! It’ll probably usually be me but maybe every now and then I’ll post someone else! We’ll see!