Who do I think I am? – Living DNA testing

Who do I think I am? This is so relevant to me partly because I am adopted. Identity is a big issue for me as there are gaps in what I know about my birth parents and my birth father in particular. Obviously having seen DNA tests on the daytime telly box, I have wanted to have one done so I can at least have some non-negotiable facts about just who I am.

DNA Testing

I was delighted to be contacted by a company called Living DNA, a DNA testing company that provides a detailed and accurate view of your ancestry. It presents you with your ancestry journey in the following ways:

  • Your family ancestry stretching back 10 generations with an in-depth breakdown of the countries and regions (80 regions worldwide including 21 in the UK)
  • Your maternal ancestry (also known as the motherline) and paternal ancestry for males (also known as the fatherline) going back around 200,000 years
  • Your ancestors’ migration paths going right back to when the first humans migrated out of Africa

The procedure

I received a kit which was really easy to use with very clear instructions.  I had to create an online log in and activate it. I took a DNA sample which I found so exciting. I was keen to get it right but once again, the guidance was clear telling you what to do and not do. A quick mouth  swab and off it went in a pre-paid envelope leaving me waiting enthusiastically for the results.

Who did I think I was?

I have held my Irish ancestry dear for many years. I was sure I would be mainly Irish and hoped for something interesting like French and Russian in the mix. France because I am a total Francophile and also because it does appear my birth family were in France many generations ago. Russia because I have always wanted to visit since I was a little girl.

Who do I think I am?

Well I was in for quite a surprise. It turns out I am only a quarter Irish so we will guess that my creativity and feisty spirit is located in that part of my make-up. It turns out that I have Scottish, Welsh and English in my mix too. Is that why I ended up with a Scottish bloke as my first boyfriend and why Wales is one of my favourite places to visit?  Weirdly, a lot of the English places mentioned were places I had either studied, worked or volunteered in. As for the big surprise, it turns out I have a good degree of Scandinavian. Strangely, I remember trying to persuade a group of my friends to visit Denmark when we were 16 years of age. I am a Viking! Who knew?

Final thoughts

I did not get the desired result or that is what I thought at first. Then I worked out that actually I did because I now have proof of where I come from after so many years struggling with identity issues.

As for Living DNA, it was a very efficient system with clear guidance. You get a really interesting report which really makes you think about how we are all connected and should live more peacefully together.

For £99, this would make a brilliant present for Christmas or birthdays.







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12 thoughts on “Who do I think I am? – Living DNA testing”

  1. I’ve always been tempted to do something like this but never brave enough to go through with it. And I have no idea what I am really afraid of? It is a very very interesting and alternative gift for someone (I’m actually thinking of my brother-in-law here) so it’s something I am going to keep on the back burner – thanks Kate!! #triumphant tales

  2. I find this so fascinating. My Nan traced her history back last year as she had it as a Christmas gift and it’s so interesting to find out where we’ve come from #TriedTested

  3. I find this absolutely fascinating – it’s definitely something I’d love to do myself. (People keep telling my husband he looks like a viking!)

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