Happy National DNA day! So what is DNA?





Young Gideon: Come get 'em! But watch out, 'cause I'm a fox! And like you said in your dumb little stage play, us predators used to eat prey, and that killer instinct is still in our duh'nuh!
Travis: Uh, I'm pretty much sure it's pronounced D-N-A. (Watch the scene HERE) 


Nine weeks ago me and my daughter did the Ancestry.com DNA test. I have so much of my Genealogy done already, but still wanted to know what my DNA make up was. Even siblings with the same parents can have different percentages of the DNA. (Unless you are identical twins) I wasn't surprised by my results, though there were a few places that were fun finds. Below is my results of the DNA test that I took. 


Dani's DNA

35% Europe West (France, Belgium  Germany  Netherlands Switzerland  Luxembourg Liechtenstein )

32% Great Britain  (England, Scotland, Wales)

19% Scandinavian (Sweden, Norway  Denmark )

6% Ireland  (Ireland, Wales, Scotland)

3% Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal )

2% Italy  Greece  

3% Middle East (Syria, Iraq  Saudi Arabia  Jordan  Oman  Yemen, United Arab Emigrates, Lebanon  Israel 

Look at those beautiful eyes she has. 

After I saw my results I kept looking online for my daughter's results, but they still weren't up. I wanted to know would we find out where her two different colored eyes came from? What surprises would show up? Finally about three hours later they were posted. I was so excited I couldn't resist taking a look. My daughter is adopted and she doesn't have a biological Family Tree, although I strongly believe that DNA doesn't make you family. I also know that it's an amazing feeling to know where you come from. Even without names to connect the dots just knowing that she has different ancestors from all over the world is an amazing thing.  Below are my daughter's DNA results. 


BROOKLYNN's DNA

40% Europe West (France, Belgium  Germany  Netherlands Switzerland  Luxembourg  Liechtenstein )

20% Ireland  (Ireland, Wales, Scotland)

18% Scandinavian (Sweden, Norway  Denmark )

7% Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal )

4% Europe East (Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia ðŸ‡·ðŸ‡º HungarySlovenia  Romania  Serbia ðŸ‡·ðŸ‡¸ Ukraine  Belarus  Moldova Lithuania, Latvia  Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia 

3% Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales)

2% Italy  Greece  

2% Finland  Russia 

1% European Jewish (Poland, Belarus  Ukraine  Russia  Hungary Israel 

1% West Asia/Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan  Georgia  Iran  Iraq Syria  Turkey 

2% Southeastern Africa (South Africa, Kenya  Namibia  Botswana Zimbabwe  Zambia Angola, Tanzania  Mozambique  Uganda )

One of my favorite pictures of me holding my daughter 
in our hotel room only a week after she was born.

Brooklynn was thrilled when she saw her results. How amazing to have West Asia, and Southeastern Africa in her blood. Yes it is a very small amount, but still knowing that she had an ancestor from those parts of the world is really neat. Brooklynn loves to read and told me that she wants to learn more about all those places. I am so happy that Brooklynn is part of our family and so thankful that she is able to learn about her heritage through so many amazing advances in science.