Last November I decided to order an analysis of my DNA through Ancestry dot com. I ordered the ‘test kit’ ($99.00) online on the 17th. It shipped on the 18th. I received it on the 23rd, placed my saliva sample in the tube provided, and mailed it back. By December 3rd it was in processing. On December 13th my results were available online. I printed them out.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the McAllister family came from Ireland and the Bergstrom family came from Sweden. My cousin, Jim Thomas, found a Finnish connection on the Swedish side when he visited Sweden in the 1990’s.

I expected a 50/50 split between the two families. I was surprised to learn I was 63% Irish (Celtic). The Swedish (Scandinavian) part was second at 21%. Eastern Finnish and Northwest Russian were 15%; the two groups intermingled along a common border. Great Britain was less than 1%.

The DNA process was quick and the results are enjoyable. I’ve started my own research by watching 6 hours of a DVD about the history of the Celtic people. Now I’m reading Celtic Myths and Legends by T.W. Rolleston, published in 1917. In spite of the title it devotes ample space to discussing the few facts that history has preserved; the Celts left no written records. They were first recognized as an ethnic group about 400 BC. They lived along the Danube river in central Europe. Around 300 AD they were pushed into Ireland, Wales and Scotland by the Roman legions. They remain there to this day, though there are no pure Celtic people left due to invasions and intermingling of cultures over centuries.

Have you watched the TV programs on genealogy, Who Do You Think You Are and Finding Your Roots? I enjoy them. I’m also enjoying my own research. I feel a deep connection to my ancient relatives. What else do I owe these hardy people besides names and cultures?

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