OK, I’ve always thought that getting my DNA analyzed might be kind of interesting. I mean, who doesn’t want to know where their “Ancestors,” or at least their “genes” came from? Would it change your outlook on life, if you learned something significant about where your genes originated that conflicted with what you thought you knew? So, now I’m gonna find out if it changes my thinking and take that next step. I’m gonna order up a DNA analysis kit.
There are a few companies out there who provide this service, however, I’m going to go through Ancestry.com. Why? Because they are the only company I feel comfortable sending my valuable DNA to. Some other DNA companies have websites and such… ‘but they all seem to look, uh, cheap. Last thing I want to do is send my DNA to someones garage/lab. I’m going purely with credibility, slick advertising, and the reviews of people who’ve used “AncestryDNA” before me. All in, the $99 kit costs $106, with tax, at the time of order! No hidden shipping costs. But pay attention, it was $79 the day before I ordered my kit. So watch for sales and coupon codes and you might be able to save some dough.
The Kit Arrives
Once the collection kit arrives at your home 3-5 days later, you’ll have to get your DNA prepped. The kit allows you to safely get your DNA from your body, to the Ancestry DNA lab so they can do their scientific voodoo on it. So what comes in the kit? A Test Tube… ‘for you to spit in! (Get it?!?!). You’ll spit in the test tube, put on the cap, which releases a blue preservative. You’ll shake your sample around a bit, pack it up, and drop it back into the mail. In total, you’ll get (1) the nifty test tube, the (2) the cap with preservative, (3) the directions with your activation code, (4) a protective bag, and (5) a return postage package.
That’s correct, you even receive a paid-postage box to send your sample to the lab with. Just slide your sample into the package, take it to the post office or UPS store (honestly, I wouldn’t leave it in a hot mailbox for a couple days). And then, the waiting begins!!!
What do I expect to see from my DNA?
Who knows… ‘but this will be interesting, because during my entire life, I’ve been running on the assumption that my ancestors came to America from Africa, and some were already here as American Indians. Honestly, I’m not certain of any of it, but it’s what I was told by family. And surely, I’ve extrapolated from those points over the years. Now, I have no doubt, that everyone hears something, and adds their spin to that.
Do you remember that “communication” exercise of sitting in a line and listening to a sentence and telling that to the next person in the line? Do you remember how the message was unrecognizable after 15-30 people, from the first person to the last? Imagine that over decades, generations, or centuries.
‘And now, I’m on the precipice of having all I “know” and believe about my ancestry, shot down by a tiny test! It will be interesting to see the results and attempt to comprehend how different my actual DNA tests… to what my understanding is/was. The DNA is tested and applies matches to 27 genealogical regions of the planet. So this could be crazy!
OK, so here’s MY UNDERSTANDING of where I come from. My story IS the story of America. Black, White, and Indian (in my understanding).
The Slavery Angle
My understanding is that my distant lineage is [obviously] from Africa. Being a black American dude, I don’t distinguish which parts of Africa my ancestors may have come from, because it’s just Africa (not that they all look the same). I believe my distant ancestors were bought to America during the slave trade, where they ended up in the Carolinas. Some of those genetic ancestors were owned by the very few British/Scottish people named “Pinckney” that arrived in America AND owned slaves. We know that is where they are from because, “Pinckney” is a habitational name; ‘Or a name which is based upon where someone came from [as in; Michael from Pinckney], “Pinckney” being a town. If you ever hear a British name, that is the name of a city, it is that kind of name (London, Essex, Newcastle, Sanford, England, Oxford, York). Well, those white Pinckney’s who arrived in America, apparently got some black indentured servants and/or slaves.
Slaves normally took the names of their owner’s families, and that is how the Pinckney name jumped to black Americans. [NOTE: Two Pinckney’s signed the US Constitution for Carolina]. There is a Pinckney Island (in South Carolina), which used to have a whole gaggle of slaves that worked on its plantations (in South Carolina), and there’s even a Pinckney Castle/Fort (in South Carolina). Pinckney is a very historic name. I would assume there was some mixing of genes during this time as some slave owners, had “liberties” with some of the people they owned (I’m NOT judging). I’m certain it happened then, just as it happens TODAY in cultures where there is still “SLAVERY” or “indentured servitude” such as in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia (and many other Islamic nations actually), Eastern Europe, China, Africa, and scores of other places throughout the world. When people OWN other people and have power over them, they eventually sleep with them. Thus, I’m expecting the second largest portion of my DNA, after some kind of African, to be from Great Britain.
The Indian Angle
I’m expecting the third largest portion of my genes to be from the American Indian. Why? Because family members have informed me that one of my Grandmothers was part “Red Bone” Indian. I have NO idea what the hell that means. A google search says it was just a generic term for Indians, but who knows. Since she was from Florida, I assume that she was part “Seminole.” It’s too bad that AncestryDNA cannot distinguish specific Indian tribes CURRENTLY.
This DNA test might be interesting, if it shows that I was REALLY wrong. It’s one thing to believe what I’ve been told by my family. BUT, I don’t know if I can dispute the DNA test results when confronted with subjective information. What if I’m part Japanese (although it would explain my Ninja reflexes), or Italian (which would explain why the women of the world find me “exotic”). But this it should be interesting.
See you when I get the results in 6-8 weeks.