On May 29th I took an ancestry DNA test to find out more about myself. I have always been quite interested in my heritage because there are parts of my family I don’t know a lot about. I was under the impression that I had German ancestry because my Grandma told us we did, but today I found out that is not the case. I do not have any German in my DNA. However, I was still happy to find out that I am 12% Scottish, which comes from my mum’s father. He is Scottish. I am 88% Northwestern European (including Belgium but not other countries outside UK) and English, which makes my DNA a little boring. Basically I’m pretty much completely from this small island I call home and, even more interesting, is the fact that it told me where my ancestry is derived from. Surrey and Sussex. I have lived in Sussex for my entire life but I did not know that so many of my ancestors also lived in Sussex. It’s like I don’t ever want to leave Sussex now — because it’s where I’m meant to be.
It also tells me about other people who have taken the test who are related to me. I found out I have a 2nd cousin, some 3rd cousins, and a lot of 4th cousins. I have contacted a few of them but no one has come back to me yet. I am interested to know more about my family, particularly my mum’s father’s side of it because he left her as a baby, so we don’t know a lot about him. All we know is he was Scottish.
Another thing I did, once getting my DNA results back, was upload it to this site called Promethease which can give you a health report based on my DNA. It is very interesting and tells me about whether I’m more likely or less likely to get certain health conditions. For instance, I have a 1.42x increased chance of getting autism. As you might know, I am autistic. I also have a 99% chance of having blue eyes. I have blue eyes. It also told me I have an increased risk for certain cancers based on higher meat consumption; I am vegan so this actually made me feel better about myself. It also told me, in so many words, that I am more likely to be sad. Genetically I have lower levels of serotonin and dopamine. Another example is a higher risk of breast cancer. My mum had breast cancer so this makes sense for me. I was also made aware of other things that I already had issues with, so it’s nice to know that it’s because of my genetics and that I haven’t done anything wrong.
Overall, I was really intrigued by my DNA results and the fact that I am so unvaried. I don’t even know how it’s possible to be this British. Like, I thought we were all from everywhere so how can I be basically entirely from the UK? I don’t know but it’s interesting. I would also love to find out more about my ancestors but it’s hard to find out, especially when I know so little about some members of my family.
Thanks for reading,