Have you noticed how quickly televisions are updated? New technology here, bigger screens there, make them thinner, make them crisper, as Mom would say, “They have everything, but birth control” and she’d pretty much be right. (If you think about it, the amount of time spent in front of the TV may cover the birth control part, too!) Every year you could buy a new television and it would be far superior to the one you just purchased the year before. That’s technology and, as they say, it’s here to stay.
I’ve recently discovered that our DNA can be updated almost as frequently as our TV’s and for some of the same reasons new technology, and additionally, more spit. It seems the more spit samples they have the more specific they can be as to regions and areas and all of that fun stuff. Just Recently all of our spit has gotten an upgrade.
My husband Cliff was the first to get upgraded. He is now 93% Chinese and 7% Dai. (A people group from Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar that reside in Yunnan, China). When all is said and done, the man is still 100% Asian, which makes my children extremely proud. They like saying that they are fully 50% Asian. My side is a little more complicated and not fully 50% anything. But, I too, got an upgrade, not exactly the kind I wanted, but I don’t want to be picky. I am now 36% Italy, 3% Greece and the Balkans, 39% United Kingdom, 12% Germanic Europe, and 10% France. Mom was upgraded to 75% United Kingdom, 23% Germanic Europe, and 2% Swedish. Dad is holding steady at 84% Italian and 16% Greece and the Balkans. (He doesn’t mind Greece, but he wasn’t particularly happy about the Balkans.)
Notice anything slightly off-kilter here? When comparing my parents DNA with mine, I noticed that neither one of them is French, and yet I come up 10%; not a lot, but still nothing to sneeze at. Ancestry acknowledges that my parents are my parents, but still the France thing is a mystery. So, I contacted Ancestry. They quickly responded.