My genetic origins, according to Ancestry.com DNA

Source: DNA Origins

Just for fun, and potential interest! My genetic origins, as analyzed by Ancestry.Com DNA. The upshot? I am indeed, as I have always known, a “Northwestern European mongrel”!

More Norwegian than I had thought, but that’s not really surprising, since the Norse invaded, traded, settled, and generally intermingled with folks in most if not all of my other regions…

Ancestry.com DNA – Updated Estimate:

England, Wales & Northwestern Europe 57% (Decreased by 22%)

Ireland and Scotland 20% (Increased by 17%)

Germanic Europe (new) 10%

Norway 8%, Sweden 2% (Refined from: Scandinavia 6%)

Finland 2%

Baltic States 1%

Migrations

Mid-Atlantic States Settlers

From your regions: England, Wales & Northwestern Europe; Ireland and Scotland; Germanic Europe

• Delaware Valley Settlers

• New Jersey Settlers

Pennsylvania Settlers

From your regions: England, Wales & Northwestern Europe; Ireland and Scotland; Germanic Europe

• Susquehanna River Valley Settlers

Pennsylvania, Ohio & Indiana Settlers

From your regions: England, Wales & Northwestern Europe; Ireland and Scotland; Germanic Europe

One thing that’s abundantly clear: I am European, through and through. Ave Europa!

Seven Generations

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Some of the indigenous peoples of what are now the United States (and more broadly, North America) – generally known as “Native Americans,” or, in Canada, by what I believe to be the more accurately descriptive term, “First Nations” – have a concept that what we do, should be done in light of the “Seven Generations.”

Exactly what this means is open to some interpretation (*), but the version I like is that we should consider our actions in light of our own generation, the three that preceded us, and the three that will follow us: that is to say, how would it reflect on our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents? What is its effect on us? And how will it affect our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren?

This makes a huge amount of sense to me. We have a responsibility, and we ought to have a sense of loyalty, to both those who came before us, and those who will come after us. We inherit the world we inhabit as a gift from our forebears, our ancestors, and while we will ultimately hand it down to our descendants, in another sense, we borrow it from them for a while. We have a responsibility to pass on that legacy unimpaired; if anything, enhanced.

Our actions, the decisions we make, and the worldview we adopt to guide our actions and decision-making, demonstrate the degree to which we love, respect, and revere both those who came before us, and those who will follow us… or the degree to which we do not.


* This essay explains the view of contemporary Native elder Vine Deloria, Jr. (1933-2005), which is the one that makes the most sense to me:

“it is clear that much can be learned from nations that respect their ancestors, themselves, and those to come. Such nations exemplify the true meaning of the Seven Generations by maintaining their integrity as peoples.

“Vine Deloria, Jr. spoke of the Seven Generations in very practical terms. In his cantankerous way, he would express extreme annoyance at the romanticism of the concept as it was popularly used. Because, as explained to him, the generations we are sworn to protect and revere are the seven we are most immediately connected to.

“Think about it for a moment. It is possible that many of us have known or will know our great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Even if we aren’t fortunate enough to have been in the physical presence of those who came before us, we usually have stories, songs, and photos that have been shared so that we feel a connection. We also want to make sure our kids and grandkids are healthy, safe and aware of where they come from. So, counting our own generation—ourselves, siblings, and cousins—we are accountable to those seven generations, not some imagined futuristic peoples two hundred years down the road.

“Deloria’s articulation of the Seven Generations makes so much more sense on a human scale and does away with the destructive myth of mystical, all seeing Natives. In truth, our peoples were visionary but not in a passive, new-age way. We actively tended our families and our clan-ties by holding the lives, memories, and hopes of all Seven Generations close. Each generation was responsible to teach, learn, and protect the three generations that had come before it, its own, and the next three. In this way, we maintained our communities for millennia.

Consider what happens when we think of the Seven Generations as only flowing from each of us as individuals, as seems to be the dominant interpretation today. Then we live in a world where we owe nothing to our predecessors, where we have only a tangential connection to our present-day relations, and where we have but a vague notion of the ‘future generations.’”

That, unfortunately, is where most of us are, these days! The vision he articulates makes a great deal more sense to me, and I commend it to your attention.


Nota Bene:  This idea of the Seven Generations was originally articulated by the Iroquois Confederacy, but it has since been adopted more broadly.

And while it may not be expressed in just this way, it seems rather silly to pretend that other indigenous peoples throughout the world did not and do not have a very similar concept: concern for both one’s ancestors and one’s descendants is actually a core feature of every traditional culture, including European traditional cultures.

And of course, Europeans are the indigenous peoples of Europe, now existing also in a diaspora that extends from the Americas, to South Africa, to Australia and New Zealand. Our Celtic, Germanic, and other European ancestors may not have used the precise term “Seven Generations,” but they certainly would have recognized and respected the concept!

 

The Ancestor Effect: Thinking about our roots boosts intellect and confidence

We all know that giving thanks [for our ancestral heritage] is something we “should” be doing. But recently a clinical study reported that thinking positively about our family roots boosts emotional confidence and even intelligence.

Source: The DreamTribe – The Ancestor Effect: Thinking about our roots boosts intellect and confidence

The 2010 study, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, comprised four studies that pitted those who think about their roots versus those who don’t before taking a battery of problem solving and intelligence tests… Results indicated that both groups that looked back performed significantly better on the problem-solving test than the control…

So keep your ancestors close at hand. Every day, think about the people who are responsible for putting you on the planet. Consider their hard work throughout the ages, their resilience in tough times, and their ingenuity. Even a simple five-minute meditation in the beginning of the day can instill confidence that spills over into your decision making and your ability to deal with the problems that arise today.

Making space in your home can focus this daily meditation and remind you of your roots when you go about your daily life. Find a photograph of a family member who has passed on and who you particularly admire. Frame it and keep it visible in a part of the house you see every day. Make it a daily ritual to give thanks by spending a moment looking at this photograph or some other object from the past. Even better, set up a shelf for ancestral remembrances and spend a minute a day looking upon it and thinking of those who came before.

Roots matter. Rootedness matters. Some of us knew this instinctively, intuitively. But it’s still nice to see studies confirming it!


[The photograph is from a recreated Midsummer celebration at The Viking Way – a very immersive way to get in touch with one’s roots!]

Moving to Hungary / The Determination of the Hungarians – YouTube

There is a lot of good in what this young woman – Melissa Mészáros, American-born of Hungarian ancestry, who returned to Hungary where she now teaches English – has to say! Heck, she’s more than half got me thinking of moving to Hungary, myself…

But one thing that really stands out for me is her assertion that, despite the very real problem of a slumping European birth-rate, the true and primary problem is still immigration: particularly mass immigration by third-world aliens.

Mass/replacement-level immigration is aggressively promoted by corporate plutocrats seeking a cheap labour force. Without immigration, she points out, wages would rise, thus increasing the financial stability of native Europeans (and expats of European heritage!), and thereby increasing their willingness to have children.

A lot of the reason for childlessness these days among Europeans and their descendants is lack of hope for the future. Immigration increases, rather than decreases, this sense of hopelessness! People reproduce when they have hope – for themselves, and for those future generations.

Why bring children into a bleak and unpromising future? Simply bringing immigration back under control could change that equation, dramatically.

DNA discovery reveals relatives of ancient Egyptians – CNN

Scientists analyzing mummy DNA find that the closest ancient relations were from the Near East and Europe.

Source: DNA discovery reveals relatives of ancient Egyptians – CNN

The “Black Egyptians” theorists are not gonna like this…

Ancient Egyptians and their modern counterparts share less in common than you might think. That is, at least genetically, a team of scientists have found.

Researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, both in Germany, have decoded the genome of ancient Egyptians for the first time, with unexpected results.

Publishing its findings in Nature Communications, the study concluded that preserved remains found in Abusir-el Meleq, Middle Egypt, were closest genetic relatives of Neolithic and Bronze Age populations from the Near East, Anatolia and Eastern Mediterranean Europeans.

Modern Egyptians, by comparison, share much more DNA with sub-Saharan populations.

This is, of course, basically what ancient sources and traditional scholarship alike have been saying for centuries, indeed millennia. But the classical narrative has been challenged by people who, for contemporary social and political reasons, wanted to advance a counter-narrative which gave a higher profile to sub-Saharan Africans. Interesting to see that the latest science tends to confirm traditional understandings, not modern political correctness!

QOTD: On ancestors and descendants

Major David French Boyd, CSA
Major David French Boyd, 9th Louisiana Infantry, Confederate States Army; First President of Louisiana State University

“He who feels no pride in his ancestors is unworthy to be remembered by his descendants.”

Maj. David French Boyd, CSA; 1st President of LSU

Particularly ironic, in light of current events in Louisiana (New Orleans, in particular)!