Okay, first things first. For those who don’t already know, I submitted my raw DNA to Genomelink because I’ve heard a lot of good things about its accuracy… and it revealed that I have a bit of Ashkenazi Jewish DNA on my mother’s side, which wasn’t surprising. I have trace Sephardic DNA on my dad’s mom’s side as well, and it seems like many of them converted to Mormonism when they migrated to the United States. Through the Ancestry tree that a friend of mine was kind enough to make for me on his paid account so that I could explore… holes, I was able to find where the Jewish DNA came from, as it was my last great-grandmother (from that generation upward) who came to the United States as Hitler and his men were ascending to power. She married a man in Indiana, had a child, and died when that child was only four years old. Given my own health problems, that doesn’t surprise me… but I was, and am, uncomfortable finding that out. The daughter-in-law that she never got a chance to meet also died at thirty-nine years of age, which made those matters a bit worse. I’m really starting to see where in the family tree I inherited my health problems.
I am still waiting for a referral to a cardiologist to be processed by my primary care physician and my insurance. In the interim, I am still on The Medication From Hell, which is surprisingly… not quite so much from Hell, although it does cause me to randomly cough. I haven’t had a single “asthma attack” since starting it, though. So things are exactly how I had initially thought they were, back when I had to fight to get that referral even though I have family history of early-onset, severe heart disease (or problems, heh).
At some point, I need to change some of what is in the About Me pages that I have up on here… especially with the information that I’ve found out about ancestors of mine and what Genomelink has revealed to me in terms of ancestry. But given what has been in the news so much these past few days alone, I’m not going to.
I am getting ready to resume streaming for real this time! The second monitor that I got the gaming computer has been coming along smoothly, and it’s been fairly easy to set the things I want to set up on it to make switching panels as seamless as it can be for someone who trips over things as often as I do. I am considering upgrading the webcam to one that a lot of streamers use, and possibly getting a keypad that I’ve seen a lot of streamers use. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the keypad, so I guess we’ll just see.
I also have a few content creation organizations interested in me, and one has asked me if I’ll join their team.
At some point, I’ll be needing to change the page on this blog that reflects what ancestors I’m thought to have had and what ethnicities have or share. Although 23andMe and Ancestry have introduced me to great relatives, and answered some of the questions that I had going into testing — as well as caused even more questions to form — the ethnicities that it thought me to have were a bust in that both sites wildly guessed that I had a lot of English, northwestern heritage… and left it at that, not telling me anything else. As both… what do you call them?… continued to update over the years, none of these questions were answered. Not too long ago, I decided to feed my Ancestry test results into more specific sites, like MyHeritage (which was surprisingly more helpful) and, eventually, Genomelink. Not only did that answer the remainder of my questions, I felt the most confident in the results based on what I already knew. All of this is fascinating.
There are also some other things that I’ve found out by way of Ancestry tree (thanks, friend!) and Gemnoelink, which bounce off of eaxh other confirming what the other one says. It’s wild. 2023 is wild.
So 23andMe and Ancestry… are nowhere near as accurate as they need to be (or even are), given what I know about my family history. It seems like both sites take a guess assuming that I have substantial British DNA because what European doesn’t? (The answer is me. I am substantially Scandinavian and have less than five percent British DNA in all seriousness. I also know from what side of the family it came from, too.)
Getting back on track though… I did feed my raw data file from Ancestry to Genomelink, and I had it extrapolate my European DNA — not very much of that was a surprise, as it confirmed findings from ADNTRO and MyHeritage’s results — as well as trace Asian DNA that it said I had. The amount of it didn’t surprise me, but the origins of it did. I wouldn’t have guessed that I had Levantine or Turkic DNA. But then again, I have a fairly substantial amount of Iberian DNA, so the Levantine one shouldn’t have surprised me as much as it did. But it got me thinking because I have two cousins on one very specific side of the family who have that much trace Asian DNA. However, one of those cousins had Melanesian DNA, so it’s probably not too much of a stretch to assume that some of my trace Asian DNA might be Melanesian and I’m recording something like Turkic, Siberian, and South Indian DNA where he’s recording something else. It’s like how I have Balkan and Iberian DNA where one of my other cousins, way off on the other side of the family, has clearer Portuguese and Spanish DNA. I’m still glad — and thankful — that more and more strides are being made in genomics so people can learn more about their family history, especially people who know next to nothing about their family history for whatever reason. I am definitely going to keep studying this.