Kiss me, I’m Irish.
Just kidding about the kiss me part. Not about the Irish part. (I love snapchat filters!)
St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner.
A celebration of the patron saint of Ireland.
Today, I’m going to share a little about my DNA, history, and ancestry. And some news I’ve been dying to share!
Prior to my testing, I had stumbled across some Irish mythology on the Tuatha de Danann while initially researching some Welsh mythology. Some of the stories have overlapping similarities.
There are some claims that based on descriptions of the Tuatha de Danann [tall, red or blonde hair, blue or green eyes, pale skin, came from the sky on ships] that these were really Nordic Vikings on ships, the likes of which had never been seen, emerging from the mist.
When I read about that, I thought… AHA! When I take my test it will show Irish, but it will be ancestral Scandinavian and will answer why I am not petite and am pale.
I mean look at my dad…red hair, freckles, pale (Florida sun hides this reality).
One of my children was born with red hair (he’s also my muse for the title photo).
Alas! I am 10% Irish.
Less than my husband’s 20%.
I have also run my DNA results through GEDmatch.com (you can upload your raw DNA here and find matches who may have used other testing companies).
There are admixture with oracle-4 tests [I am still learning which to choose- I chose the MDLP K23b. If you are knowledgeable in this area, feel free to jump into the comment section as I am claiming no knowledge, only sharing my results].
These tests can also show a breakdown of your ethnicity. I have read that if your ethnicity is as homogenous as mine, these programs have a hard time really pinpointing the region that your DNA comes from. I don’t know if this is true or not.
The 1 population approximation lists me as (top 3 and the @ is the distance from similar ethnicity.):
- English @ 3.29 (I’ve rounded these numbers)
- Irish @ 3.34
- English_Cornwall_GBR @ 4.16
The 2 population approximation is 50% German-Volga + 50% Orcadian @ 2.62.
3 population approximation is the same, they just change it to 25% Orcadian + 25% Orcadian
The 4 population approximation is: German-Volga + Irish + Orcadian + Scottish-Argyll-Bute-GBR @ 2.57.
I do have an ancestral history of Germans who emigrated to the United States from the Palatinate region. Palatinate Germans were some of those who emigrated to Russia upon invitation by Catherine the Great. Perhaps that is why I show German-Volga. In case you are wondering, Orcadian is the native population of the Orkney Islands of Scotland who are historically descended from the Picts, Norse, and Scots.
While I think an ethnicity estimate is an amazing tool, most things will remind you that your genealogical research is always key. I am by no means an expert when it comes to genealogy. I am barely a beginner.
I’ve shared before that I was not interested in history until I took this DNA test. This history became tangible when I applied it to people that I descend from.
Descendant of William Durkee.
One of my distant relatives, my paternal 8th great- grandfather, was William Durkee. He was born about 1632 in Ireland (I’ve seen it listed at Meath, Ireland). William is thought to be one of the first Irishmen to settle in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He arrived in Massachusetts on November 9, 1663, as an indentured servant to Thomas Bishop. He came from Barbados and is thought to have been sent there during Cromwell’s military invasion of Ireland (There is a lot of controversy surrounding myths and facts about that situation. I am not a history major…not even close. I will not be addressing that.) The reason so much is known about his indentured servitude is because there are court records.
Most of the court records that I have seen discuss the fact that he impregnated Martha Cross, who is believed to have worked in the house of Thomas Bishop. There are records of them coming before the court, charged with fornication, and the option of being whipped or paying fees. There are records of a suit by her father for abuse of his daughter (the impregnation) and a counter-suit by William for her father withdrawing consent to marriage. They would marry December 20, 1664, and two weeks later my 7th great-grandfather, John Durkee, would be born. For some time, William Durkee was not able to purchase land because he would not renounce his Catholic faith. I have seen that he eventually did purchase land, but am not sure what led to that possibility.
Almost all of the Durkees in the United States and Canada descend from his 3 sons. If you’re curious about my line it’s: William Durkee>John Durkee>Stephen Durkee>Phineas Durkee> Experience Durkee>David Woodbury>John Milton Woodbury>Laura Louise Woodbury (my great-grandmother).
Descendent of the line McLachlan.
The only other family line that I’m pretty confident originates in Ireland is my maternal great-great-grandmother, Agnes McLachlan Scott (in the picture above). I’ve shared a little about my Scottish history in this post.
A synopsis is that Agnes McLachlan was born in 1865 in Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, Scotland. She was the daughter of Hugh McLauchlan (the census spells the name differently repetitively) and Agnes Baird. On December 20, 1889, she married my great-great-grandfather, James Scott (son of James Scott and Mary Munn).
James Scott was a miner and this would lead them to immigrate with their four sons to Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1911. Based on the typical naming pattern used in Scotland, I was able to discover that my great-grandfather, George Brown Scott, was actually named after a stepfather. Mary Munn married George Brown in Barony, Lanarkshire, Scotland on December 30, 1872 (I do not know what happened to James Scott) and appears to have had 4 more children bearing the last name of Brown.
Tracing my roots.
My McLachlan trail is hard to follow as there are many Hugh McLachlan’s in the area. My reasoning for believing that at some point it becomes Irish history is because of the McLachlan name itself.
The Clan MacLachlan is a Highland Scottish clan that claims descent from Lachlan Mor, who lived on Loch Fyne in the 13th century. Tradition is that he was a descendant of Anrothan, an Irish prince of the O’Neill dynasty who moved to Scotland and married the daughter of the King of Argyll. Further back, the lineage claims descent from Niall Noigiallach (Niall of the Nine Hostages), High King of Ireland in the 4th-5th century.
Remember some weeks ago when I shared that I was planning a trip with my mom and aunt?
Well, we haven’t actually booked the tickets yet, but I can’t stand it any longer!!
My mom’s passport came in…
and at the end of the summer…
we are planning to take a trip…
Not only do we plan to see the sights, but we are also hoping to find some of the places listed on the census records and stand on the streets where our ancestors’ feet have stood.
Any tips or words of wisdom are greatly appreciated!
Ancestry.com has a referral program that saves you 10% on the kit and rewards me $10 if you purchase through them. I would be happy to send you a link if you are interested. This post has not been sponsored by them. The referral program is offered to any person who purchases a kit through them. And even if you don’t use my link, they run specials all the time with a percentage off of the full price (usually around holidays when you might like to know your lineage).
Since this post, all three of my teenagers have also had their DNA tested, you can read about their results in this post.
Let your light shine!