Once the results came back they weren’t surprising and didn’t differ from what we have already documented in our family tree. We are 99% European.
Then to break that down further:
Great Britain 32%
Europe West 20%
Italy/Greece 12% (I was mildly surprised this % was that high)
Trace Regions – The % was so small it’s possible it showed up by chance
Iberian Peninsula 4%
Europe East 3%
West Asia 1%
As I said there really weren’t any surprises here. I will say it did answer conclusively that we do not have Native American ancestry. Like everyone else we had a couple of those stories passed down through the generations about a great great grandmother who was Native American. So this cleared that up but overall nothing of great note. You know that’s pretty much how I looked at DNA testing. So you get the results. Cool. Now what?
Well let me tell you now what. My sister gets a few messages from people on Ancestry regarding possible matches. The matches meant we shared surnames and some DNA with these folks. There was the possibility we could be 5th to 8th cousins. One person my sister communicated with is Rick. He happens to be the author of the blog Ohio Ancestors.
After a few emails back and forth it turns out Rick’s 5x great grandfather and my (our) 5x great grandfather were brothers. In fact Rick had recently written a blog post about a cemetery visit where he found my 5x great grandfather James Downing’s headstone. Holy Moly! You can read Rick’s post about it here.If that isn’t enough Rick did a little research and found more photos of James Downing and his wife Sarah Laughlin in a 1972 application for the First Families of Ohio adding all the pics to Find-A-Grave. Wow!
I’ve done very little research on the Downing surname but this certainly catches my interest and fires me up. This man has a story in fact he fought in the American Revolution. There is some research to be done here and it’s sure worth a summer road trip!
You know the chances of finding Rick, his blog, these Downing photos without the DNA test are pretty slim. Just think this additional info came from a little swab of saliva. Hmmm . . . maybe I’m not giving DNA enough respect . . . .
If you happen to have a James Downing or Sara Laughlin Downing in your family tree I’d love to hear from you. Please let me know in the comments.
Also I’m interested in your story about finding a cousin or any family history through DNA testing. Please tell me how it came about in the comments. I’d love to hear your story!