In my last post, I confirmed that all of my family's outstanding DNA tests were received at the Family Tree DNA lab and are now being processed.
I also mentioned that my own test's results are starting to come out.
When I took this test, I knew a lot of the information would go over my head. I was correct. I'm still trying to interpret everything and understand what it means.
I expected to see a pie chart that said I had a lot of French and German in me. I expected that my Native American-ness would be likely non-existent. My ticket into the Chickasaw Nation was a white guy and my sixth-great grandmother is known only as "Halfblood Chickasaw" in published histories.
So when I sent off my DNA swabs, I had this pie-charted European vision in my head. That is what I expected to see.
Here is what I got:
It says Europe (Western European) 91.86%, Middle East 8.14%, each with +/-7.08% margin of error.
Any way you do the math, there's still a piece of Middle East pie on the plate.
Family Tree DNA defines "Middle East" as Palestinian, Iranian, Jewish, Adygei, Bedouin, Bedouin South, and/or Druze.
I suspect I fall in the Jewish category, and I suspect it's the Austrian/Hungarian line I'm currently researching. Even though they are all Catholic so far, that's the best scenario for me getting this result.
Of course, this is all speculation. That Middle East pie slice comes from somewhere. Is it my mom's side or my dad's? The five other family members' pending DNA tests should answer that question. When all is said and done, one side of my family is in for a surprise.
Until then, I will continue to attempt to understand all that is possible with genealogical DNA testing. Luckily there's a "DNA Day" event at the Clayton Genealogy Library tomorrow and I have reserved a seat. My friend Debbie Wayne, CG, is teaching two classes and Family Tree DNA is teaching another. Good thing, too. When it comes to DNA, Genetic Genealogy, and interpreting test results, I need all the help I can get!