Germanic Heritage in Check
Okay, I think I get it now. In my last post I talked about my venture into the DNA testing world; and according to Ancestry.com my genome is made up of 79% Great Britain. In a more detailed breakdown of Ancestry’s data they state the typical native Great Britain tested with only an average of 60% DNA matched. So does that make me more British than most British? The old 1980’s movie “King Ralph” immediately came to my mind. Hell maybe I’m of royal blood?
You must see my dilemma and frustration from my last blog post. All of my life my dad’s relatives insisted that we were of German and Dutch origins. To them they were very proud of this since being from a predominant blue collar family, being German was like an inheritance. We were not of rich blood by any means. More than a few of the males on my dad’s family were not even well educated. In those days people had to work at very young ages, and most lost out on the basic education of even grade school. My dad for example could barely read and write until he finally took private classes in his seventies.
To return to my frustration, mom’s family were the ones that couldn’t seem to keep their heritage straight. We were Irish, then Scottish, then Dutch. I reached the point where I didn’t know what to believe. This was my main reasoning for taking the DNA test in the first place. The Ancestry results left more questions that answers.
So I started to piece together my family tree on the Ancestry.com website. I don’t want to seem like I’m doing an advertisement for their company, but their family tree tools are top notch. You need to signup for the monthly membership to get full access to the data, but in my opinion it is worth it. The only downside I see so far is to access the international records you have to upgrade to the “World Explorer” membership package. This is kind of expensive, but paying for it in one month increments doesn’t seem to taxing. Besides if I find out I’m a “King Ralph” descendant I’m going to be rolling in the English royalty moola!
After several hours of research and a few calls to my Aunt Shirley, I found all of my dad’s descendants to the time of the early 1800’s. I now have actual facts to back up my dad’s claim of German ties. In this same research I think I can explain the high number in the British DNA category. I pull three examples for display purposes.
From the days of my pre-Ancestry DNA test research, most of the records I found on the sir name of Korves mainly came from Prussia. These queries seem to be validated by my current family tree search. The Korves descendents seems to have established themselves primarily in the west cost areas of Europe. Lower Saxony and Prussia seem to be the main locations I have found so far. As you can see in the following screen shot I took from the Ancestry DNA results page, these areas fall mainly in the Great Britain DNA bubble.
One of my descendant examples hails from Deidesheim, German. Deidesheim is not far outside the DNA bubble. I will need to go back farther to see if their families stayed in the same geographic areas, however this gives me validation to my Germanic roots. “World Explorer” membership upgrade here I come!
So for now I can claim in confidence that I’m both German and British! I don’t know what Thor or Odin will think of this but hopefully I gain their admiration. I wish my current family ties were stronger but I have to play with the hand I was dealt. If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments section below.
Until next time…