Monday, January 8, 2018

Be Italian? / ¿Ser Italiano?

AFTER OUR DETAILED DNA test results, most of which I don't understand, there are at least some interesting things I've learned. We had tests done by both Family Tree DNA and Living DNA. San Geraldo ordered custom books for each of us from Living DNA that, along with customized information, contain boilerplate information on the science of testing, haplogroups, motherlines and fatherlines, human migration maps and theories of migration, and more.

My customized information details my own individual ancestry (which I just typed three times as "Incestry" and couldn't figure out why autocorrect thought there was an error), as well as each of my parents' entire regional genetic ancestry. Below is the chart of my most recent 10 generations — 44 percent of me came from Southern and Central Italy (including Sicily). I had no idea. I thought I was half Russian and half Polish. Mamma mia!

DESPUÉS DE NUESTROS resultados detallados de prueba de ADN, la mayoría de los cuales no entiendo, hay al menos algunas cosas interesantes que he aprendido. Hicimos pruebas con Family Tree DNA y Living DNA. San Geraldo ordenó libros personalizados para cada uno de nosotros de Living DNA que contienen información sobre la ciencia de las pruebas, haplogroups, líneas maternas y paternines, mapas de migración humana y teorías de la migración, y más.

Mi información personalizada detalla mi ascendencia individual, así como el ancestro genético de toda la familia de mis padres. A continuación se muestra el gráfico de mis 10 generaciones más recientes: el 44 por ciento de mí vino del sur y el centro de Italia (incluida Sicilia). No tenía ni idea. Pensé que yo era medio ruso y medio polaco¡Mamma mia!


BLENDING IN WELL. BOBOLI GARDENS, FLORENCE, ITALY, 1977.
MEZCLANDO BIEN. JARDÍN DE BOBOLI, FLORENCIA, ITALIA, 1977. 
THE CATHEDRAL IN PISA. IN FIORUCCI JEANS AND FERRAGAMO SHOES. BE ITALIAN!
EL CATEDRAL DE PISA. CON VAQUEROS DE FIORUCCI Y ZAPATOS DE FERRAGAMO. ¡SER ITALIANO!

29 comments:

  1. the mention of those jeans reminded me of this song:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-GcL1Cd5b4

    italian, eh? southern italian, dark and hairy and handsome. WOOF!

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    1. Oh great....now you went and got Anne Marie all hot and bothered.

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    2. anne marie:
      dark and hairy and... 2 out of three ain't bad.

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    3. mistress maddie:
      Is that a difficult thing to do?

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  2. Italy! Nice part of the world and wonderful people. My "sample" is going in the mail this morning. My sister's profile is German and English, we should be about the same I would think.

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    1. Travel:
      If you get tested at an intricate level, you might be surprised by the results. I was.

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    1. Debra:
      And exactly what I was hoping for (not to be Italian but to be surprised).

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  4. My father did our family history on both sides of his parents lines. And we have a huge family chronicles book on his side of the family which is also a family tree lines of sorts and family history. I thought of having this done to see how it compares. Stunnng pictures!

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    1. mistress maddie:
      Like you, Jerry has a well-chronicled family history going back centuries. Until he did research for me, I knew nothing beyond one pair of great-grandparents. So there are many more surprises for me in this kind of testing.

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    1. Wilma:
      My extended family always talked of our limited geographic background. I love this mix!

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  6. We got my grandmother ancestrydna, as my mother and I have already done so for Christmas

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    1. Adam:
      It really can be fascinating. It should be fun to see the differences among yours, your mother's, and your grandmother's.

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  7. Incestry....I actually laughed out loud :)

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    1. Cheapchick and Jennifer:
      My mother would be appalled. None of that in OUR family! Jerry's great-great-great-grandparents were first cousins. But that was acceptable (and often arranged) in high society at the time.

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    1. John Gray:
      It could explain why I am often thought to be Italian. My father was always assumed to be Italian. My mother? Eurasian! I was disappointed, though, that over the last 10 generations there was only a tiny bit of northeastern Spanish.

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  9. Now I've got ABBA in my head. Well I can chat with you baby, flirt a little maybe...

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      And I haven't stopped being Saraghina, you little Italian devils.

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    1. Kirk:
      I'm still mistaken for Italian here in Spain. Everyone thought my father was Italian.

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  11. The Italians are known for their tailoring, shoes,music, romance and general hot bloodedness etc.
    Seems okay to me.

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  12. It's no wonder you eat so well. But I was looking for the portion of "nice Jewish boy." Maybe it's a given - the nice Italian boy incorporates it. Neither calls their mama enough.

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  13. Italian eh? How cool is this! Ever any talk in family about that connection?
    We had ours done and just got an update......Ron is 40% Tuscan, and I am 36% Greek and 44% Finnish.....go figure. So much for the 50% Scottish and 50% French!!

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    1. Jim:
      One set of grandparents were from Russia, another from Poland. That's all I knew. So this was a wonderful surprise. Even Jerry was surprised by his DNA results. He knows his family ancestry going back centuries, but one set of grandparents came from Norway, so he always simply said he was half Norwegian. When you dig below the surface, however, you learn there's really only a hint of Norwegian over the most recent 10 generations.

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