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Monday, March 26, 2018

More Genetic DNA Background On Myself

So... my father also had his ancestry DNA (spit) tested, and his results are in.

My brother did it first: According to my brother’s spit, we are indeed 3/4’s South Asian (India), with the next largest chunk (15%) having roots in East Asia…. which includes China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines (and more) … oh, and of course Japan.

Smaller amounts (in descending order) of genetic markers have us from: Melanesia (Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea, as well as the French special collective of New Caledonia, and the Indonesian region of Western New Guinea); Central Asia (kindda includes Israel/Palestine), and Polynesia (uh… the thousands of islands scattered around the central and southern Pacific Ocean, including New Zealand, American Samoa, Cook and Easter Island, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Tonga, Samoa, Pitcairn Islands, Niue, Norfolk Island, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna, and Rotuma, Gilligan’s Island and others).

Now, according to my dad's test, he is 6% more South Asian (Indian) than my brother.

There were also the 10% amount of East Asian... no one knows where that is from. A small amount, but more than my brother for Melanesia, too.

The Central Asia is there, too... but much less than what my brother had, which is weird ONLY because my dad's mother is supposed to have been born in Israel/Palestine.

No Polynesia appeared in my dad's DNA, implying that my brother got that from our mother's side.

Coming at less 1% are traces of Eastern Europe... but the surprise of the bunch is that my father had nearly as much of genetic marker from Finland/Northwest Russia as he did from Melaneasia.

My brother had zero markers from Finland/Northwest Russia.

Of course, my brother may simply NOT have picked up the genetic markers from my father, and picked up more from our now long deceased mother. It doesn't mean mine own genetic DNA is the same as my brother... as I might have picked up more from my father than he did, or I may even have picked up more of the markers than my brother did.

Still... it may explain why I had a thing for blue-eyed blondes et al from Mother Russia in my early 30s.

But no... the intriguing thing for me is the whole Melanesia-thing, along with the double the amount of East Asia genetic markers.

While I doubt I have Japanese DNA in me, I can't say that I don't.

As such, the East Asia markers appear to be coming from my father's side.

As mentioned, his mom's parents - of which we know next to nothing about (she died in childbirth, he was a merchant marine)... where were they from? They could have had parents/grandparents from China, Japan, Korea, The Philippines... we'd never know. Both of my dad's mom's parents died after my dad's mom was born... in childbirth and apparently months later on a sea voyage.

Nothing was passed down. Just genetic markers.

For me, it raises more questions - and since I know my history as well as anyone is going to know it - which is to say not very well, I'm afraid I'll never know my true family history.

My wife... her family on her mother's side is known (via books!!!) back to the late 1600s and earlier.

Despite me loving history, my own is short, not even making it back to the 19th century as far as details go... just traces (genetically speaking) that hint of a far more interesting past. Well... maybe not more interesting, but certainly a more "intriguing" past.

Andrew Joseph
PS: Video above is from the 1948 Warner Brothers Cartoon starring Bugs Bunny in "A-Lad-In His Lamp". I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've used that Genie's (he his known as Smokey) intro as my own.
The genie is voiced by Jim Backus, that wonderful actor who also voiced Mr. Magoo, was the drunk in 1963's It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (perhaps the funniest movie ever!), and of course played Thurston Howell III in Gilligan's Island.  

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