I received my DNA test results from Ancestry, and boy, what a shocker! As I’ve stated before, I grew up thinking I was half German and half Lithuanian. Turns out, I’m a different person. LOL! It’s an eye opener, to say the least, and the results prove that, a) I’m not a Native American or Puritan, and b) I have no links to the UK, which is weird since many of the Who Do You Think You Are? shows indicate they had links to Ireland, Scotland, or Britain. Below are my DNA percentages. The ones marked with a green dot and lines around it indicate my family’s specific regions.
The 4% Jewish shocked me when I received my Family Tree DNA results, and now again, I was surprised by only being 11% German. And Swedish and Finnish? I had no idea!
On the ancestry site, you can click on the different percentages, and it shows the map of the areas, where people migrated from, and the history of the change in regions. What’s even the awesomeness of awesome is it shows a timeline of when people from your family tree migrated, AND historical moments you can add to each family members profile if you want.
This is an example from my family tree; my 3rd great-grandfather on the paternal side. I pieced together some of his timeline. Friedrich Hasselbring was born in Hanover, departed for the U.S. from Bremen, Germany, and arrived in New York in 1862. In 1870, there were political discriminations after the ratification of the 15th Amendment that he might have encountered, and probably felt the German Immigration Wave of the 1880s.
He died and is buried in Cedar Lake, Indiana, about fifteen minutes from where my dad lives. Kinda mind blowing.
I’ve still hit a wall on my mother’s side of the tree. As I’ve been working on my family tree, my husband found some interesting information about Lithuanian citizenship. If you are a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild of a Lithuanian citizen before 6-15-40 and who left Lithuania before 3-11-90, you can receive dual-citizenship with the proper documents.
As you can see from the below, my grandfather and great-grandmother, along with my other set of great-grandparents, were all born in Lithuania.
Germany doesn’t allow for dual-citizenship but Lithuania is part of the EU, so I think we might make another trip to Lithuania to apply for dual-citizenship. You never know what the future holds, or where you might be.
To date, my ancestor search has been enlightening, surprising, and humbling. I’m not an ancestor to America’s founding fathers, my deep history and DNA lies within the Baltic States and Eastern Europe & Russia. Since I live in Europe, I might as well take advantage of what I can find out.
Hope you enjoyed a bit of insight into Ancestry and my family tree. Viso gero! Auf Wiedersehen!
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