Would you dare to question who you really are? That is the challenge 170,378 people participated in through Momondo, a travel search organization from Denmark that is promoting world peace by connecting people through travel. They held a competition to encourage people to get their DNA tested to see where they really came from. The results surprised many people. (Click the picture to be taken to Momondo’s site, then scroll down for the video.)
I have had my DNA tested because I was curious to know the real truth. My mother had always asserted that our family was 100% German. The truth? Nowhere close to that. Here are my results:
German is only a small 19% of me. Scandinavia and Great Britain! I never heard a word about those countries before when hearing about my family history. Yet here I am, a daughter generations removed from the ancestors who came from that part of the world. And where did the Italy / Greece part of me come from? And I have 3% of me who can legitimately celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day.
The world is a big place, but it gets much, much smaller when we find out who we really are. DNA testing is painless. You just spit in a tube, put the tube in the mail, and your results come back all nicely done up for you.
I love history, and I would love to have someone trace back my family tree. The people and their stories would fascinate me. I would love to visit the places they lived. Maybe some day I’ll take the time to dig into my family tree, but for now it’s just fun seeing what science has to say about me.
Would you dare to question who you really are?