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I have to share with you guys that this whole DNA thing has sparked some of my family members curiosity. Back at the end of June, when I shared with my mom the results of my admixture test that I received through AncestryDNA she was quite intrigued to find out what my genetic breakdown was. I shared my findings in the following post: The Results: I'm What?!! As a recap, here's what I found out.
West African 70%
Finnish Volga-Ural 11%
British Isles 10%
I could see it in my mother's eyes that she was thinking about taking a test herself. Then finally on July 1st, when my mom, brother, and I were hanging out around my dining room table and chatting about my results again, she finally said "Hey, I want to do that!" Within a few minutes, we were online ordering a Family Finder test kit from FamilyTreeDNA. Within a couple of days, the test kit arrived. She swabbed and mailed off her sample immediately. We received email confirmation that the test had arrived at the lab on July 10th and exactly one month later her results were in.
Here are her results:
31.23% Europe (French, Romanian)
68.77% Africa (Yoruba Mandenka)
Okay, West African roots no surprise here but hold on one gosh darn minute. What's this French and Romanian stuff all about? Again, another test and now more questions. With my mother showing 31.23% of her genetic make-up being French and Romanian, wouldn't some of this show up in my results? Could this simply be attributed to that I take more after my father genetically than my mother?
Tune in tomorrow folks for the next episode of "What on earth is going on with this DNA?"