Discovering Our Roots with Ancestry DNA

I’ve been working on genealogy of my side of the family since circa 1995 or 1996. I’ve collected plenty of photos and information dating back to 1700, I used slow dial-up internet connection to get in touch with possible distant family members in USA and Argentina and snail mail letters with others who did not have web access. I know that already my great grandfather was looking for his family that crossed Atlantic by ship to America as we found his letter written to Polonian organizations in USA in search of his father and brother. Needles to say he did not succeed. I’m hoping that taking AncestryDNA will help me to find at least some of those missing links…

taking AncestryDNA test

What I did not know at the time was that all that restoring photos for the purpose of the tree with result in me actually learning Photoshop and eventually ending up as photo retoucher but this is a story for some other time.

After I met my husband Michael, while working on the cruise ship in the Caribbean, and then moving to UK, life got very busy.  I stopped thinking about our family tree until our older one had to make one for her homework. I have opened Ancestry account to use their family tree making software but I got stuck on my husband’s side of the tree. So when Ancestry asked me to review their AncestryDNA tests I could not be more than happy as deep inside I always wanted to take them anyway. I love the idea of having our family roots in different parts of the world. I think that now it is very important to embrace diversity and talk about it to stand up against racism and xenophobia.

genealogy and dna testing

I know more or less what my results will be: mostly Central / Eastern European (Polish) with traces of Jewish and possibly Tatar blood but of course I could be wrong. Although I have many photos of my ancestors I do not really know all the stories behind them. Now I wish I was listening more carefully and writing down all those family tales when I heard them as a child…

Stanisław Lucydy Dolewski, Baku, Azerbaijan

my grandfather (Stanisław Lucydy Dolewski) with his sister and nanny in Baku, Azerbaijan

On Michael’s side things will get probably more exciting as there is very little information. We can only guess ancestors on his dad’s side came from West Africa before being brought in slave trade to Montserrat in the Caribbean. On his mom side there will be Carib Indians from Dominica and possibly some Chinese influence, after his great grandmother from Martinique, if I remember correctly. When we combine all this together our girls will probably have roots across all of the continents, except for Australia.

old photo of Warsaw Lazienki

Łazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland

At first I did not realize how the DNA works and I completely missed the fact that although our girls have the same mom and dad, their DNA is unique and for this reason they may have inherited different genes. For instance they could inherit different ethnicities or not inherit some at all, especially if they were already traces in our DNAs. That would explain why they look so different. Therefore in future we would definitely like to test both of them as well, if they will be curious to know more.

Zofia Brykman, Falenica, Warsaw, Poland

my granny – Zofia (Piotrowska) Brykman with my mum

ABOUT AncestryDNA TEST

AncestryDNA  provides a personal ethnicity estimate from up to thousands of years ago from 26 separate regions across the globe (including Great Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, Middle East, Asia Central, East and South and nine African regions). It allows also to uncover new family connections as the test matches users with a database of more than 3 million people worldwide who have taken the test.

With the Mother’s Day approaching Ancestry offers Mother’s Day gift discount at the price of £69 instead of £79 + P&P for the AncestryDNA kit so you can give your mum the exciting opportunity to discover more about herself and the unique stories hidden in her genes.

how does DNA test work

Taking test itself is pretty straight forward. Once you will order the kit you have to activate your test online (using the unique number from the kit), spit in the tube, pack it in provided bag and prepaid shipping box and drop it off in the post box. It may take up to 6 – 8 weeks for the results to show up in your Ancestry account but you can check progress of your test at any time. You can also start working on your family tree while you are waiting or even search the records (if you have paid Ancestry subscription).

awaiting AncestryDNA test results

We are impatiently awaiting our results and we will be sharing them with you as soon as we have them back so don’t forget to visit again soon…

NOTES

I’m also excited that the outcome of the tests may result in some new recipe inspirations for our Inheritance Recipes.

In a meantime you may want to try out some of our recipes that were inspired by our ancestral culture: Traditional Tatar Meat Pies – Vak BelyashiPolish Style Chocolate Crumble & Walnut CheesecakeEuro-Caribbean Chicken & Dumpling Soup – Fusion CuisineChicken Pelau – Caribbean Comfort FoodGin & Coconut Water Drink – Caribbean ClassicBarszcz Czerwony – Polish Red Borscht Soup Made Easy or Tuna Bakes – Fried Dumplings from Dominica.

DISCLOSURE: We have received complementary AncestryDNA test kits for review purposes. We were not financially compensated for this post. All opinions expressed here are our own and we retained full editorial control.

Your thoughts…

  1. Sylwia Korsak says:

    I have a lot of Tatar blood so looking forward to see if we are ‘cousins’;) I think I might order it too. :)

  2. I would like that very much Sylwia :)

  3. How fascinating, Margot. You’ve got me all curious now about how your results will turn out. Tempting to get mine done!

  4. Thank you Michelle. I don’t really want to get too excited yet, in case my results won’t reveal any big family secret but I’m still waiting very impatiently… Michael’s results may be very interesting.

  5. This is so interesting! I’m really curious about my heritage and looking forward to reading about your results.

  6. Thank you Jemma, if you are curious about your roots, you should definitely take the test! I’m very curious myself…. and I try keep myself occupied by gathering info for the tree. Apparently having names and dates in the tree and connecting them to DNA samples may improve results, especially if someone else from the relatives got tested as well.

  7. This is so interesting, although I think I would be a bit scared of what/who I might find! LOL! We already found some ‘long-lost’ relations without the help of DNA though, so maybe this is the next step…

  8. I know what you mean Helen :) Finding long-lost relatives would be nice but what I’m hoping for is to discover where our families came from. For instance on my husband’s side we do not know where some of his ancestors came from. They were brought as slaves from Africa for certain but that’s it… DNA test may answer some of our questions.

  9. This is fascinating! I would absolutely love to do one of these tests. I always assumed it would involve blood tests or something, but spitting in a tube sounds easy enough!

  10. I’ve heard all about this test on TV and how this Danish guy had so much ancestry he was totally unaware of. Can’t wait to hear your results:-)

  11. Z ciekawoścą czekam na wyniki i kolejny wpis :-)

  12. Dziękuję Agata, my też… już niedługo powinny być :)

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