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100%…..mixed up! Ha ha! I really just wanted to say that! But for real…I have been wanting to take a DNA test for a very long time and I finally did it! Before I get to the results let me just say that most of the women in my family have been really into researching our heritage since it’s a big mystery with so many missing pieces.
In my younger years I was always a tiny bit jealous when someone could say, “I’m 100% Colombian” or even “I’m 50% Italian & 50% Puerto Rican.” Simply because I thought it was such an easy answer for them. I always felt like i never fit in enough to any group. Whenever someone asked me what my heritage was the easiest answer was Spanish, French and Scotch-Irish. On my Dad’s side my heritage is Belgian-French and a little German. On my mother’s side is Spanish (Spain, Colombia & Panama) and Scottish-Irish. I grew up with the Spanish side and even speak Spanish but I’ve always wanted to learn more of my other heritages.
Having such a mixed background I finally decided to take my own DNA test. I chose to go with the MyHeritage DNA Test specifically because that is the website I use to build our family tree. While I was working on our tree I got some matches with several other people that had my great-grandmothers family and I made contact with several of them who had also done their DNA test. We all really wanted to see if we were a match.
So here are my test results….I also put a red star where I know for sure my ancestors are from..
60.4% English, Scottish, Irish
This was definitely my most shocking result especially because the percentage was so high. When you click on English it also contains the smaller groups including Scottish and Irish. I knew my ancestors were from Loch Lomond, Scotland…..specifically Clan Buchanan. Buchanan is actually my Mother’s maiden name. This piece of my ancestry is from my mother’s father’s side. Their ancestors come from the Scottish Highlands and being a huge Outlander fan I’m proud to have Scottish roots. I’m also extremely anxious to learn more about my Scottish heritage!
I’ve always felt a connection to that region of the world so Scotland and Ireland are top ranking in my travel bucket list. I also totally believe in feeling connections to the past and to certain places and now I know why. I also recently joined Clan Buchanan as an official member. In case you didn’t know most Scottish clans are still in existence and a lot of them have clan sites. You can actually join your clan and attend Scottish events and Highland games with your fellow clan members! I’m really looking forward to exploring this part of my culture now! I guess I need to invest in an actual Clan Buchanan Tartan now….CLAR INNES!
Words of Wisdom and Inspiration
“Clarior hinc honos.” or “Henceforth forward the honour shall grow ever brighter.”
20.3% North and Western European
This I already knew. If you click on it….the map shows France, Belgium, Germany, etc. My heritage on my Dad’s side is Belgian-French from a town that is right on the border of France and Belgium in what it now Luxembourg. This is where I get my French maiden name from. Although I wish the site broke it down a little bit more because its such a broad region.
Still to be quite honest, I didn’t expect such a high percentage from this region. I do also plan on still doing Ancestry.com as well just to compare the two because I believe Ancestry.com breaks the regions down even further. One thing I also love about the MyHeritage site is that I have built my family tree over the last few years. I was able to trace my paternal lineage back to the 1600’s to some of the original “LaFontaine’s”. My LaFontaine ancestors came from Rulles, Luxembourg, Belgium and Étalle, Arrondissement de Virton, Luxembourg, Belgium. I was able to find out they went from Belgium/Luxembourg to Quebec, Canada then to Belgium and France before migrating back to the United States.
12.8% Iberian & 6.5% Central and South America
These last two is I knew as well but I thought the percentage would be slightly higher. On my mom’s maternal side we are the second generation in the United States. My grandma came here in the 1940’s from Panama and her mother from Colombia but with mostly European descent from Spain. The craziest part about this test is that My Spanish/Latin American is the smallest ethnicity. This is the culture I felt closest to growing up as I was immersed in a spanish-speaking household my entire young adult life. I still embrace this part of my culture wholeheartedly though!
OUTFIT DETAILS & SIZING
For reference, I’m 5’1″ & 104-106 lbs. I normally wear the following sizes: Shoes (6), Tops (XS), Jeans (24/00)
TARTAN MINI SKIRT (SIZE 00): Express | POM POM BERET HAT: Amazon | OTK BOOTS (SIZE 6): Goodnight Macaroon | DENIM JACKET (SIZE XS): Old Navy | POLKA DOT TIGHTS (SIZE S): Loft | CROSSBODY BAG: Amazon | RIBBED TURTLENECK: Express | DNA TEST: MyHeritage or Amazon
When I picked my DNA test I chose MyHeritage DNA because I’ve been using that site for a few years already now and results are quicker. With other DNA test sites its about 6-8 weeks and MyHeritage will have your results ready in about 3-4 weeks. I actually received my test the last week of October, sent it back in on November 3rd and received my results November 29th! I can’t promise yours will be that quick but it was a lot faster than I expected! The test process was also very easy. Just follow the instructions for the mouth swab as directed, put them in the liquid and break the swap tips off. Seal the vials and send them back in and just wait for your results!
I do plan to eventually try the Ancestry DNA test as well simply because the majority of my family did theirs and they used ancestry so I want to cross reference and see how we match up. I would also like to see how those results compare to the MyHeritage results. All in all I’m extremely happy I did this test…..shocked but more than satisfied and I 100% recommend taking one yourself or give one as a gift to someone! DNA tests make a great gift as they really give you a fun insight into the past!
Of course I have to also give you the outfit deets as usual. Doesn’t my outfit have a bit of a scottish feel? I also love this cute pom pom beret hat which is also similar to the Scottish pom pom hats! Plus you can’t go wrong with plaid/tartan around Christmas time anyway! This cute tartan mini is from Express and pairs perfectly with heels or OTK Boots. I’m wearing size 00 for reference and it fits perfect!