I expect the majority of my ancestry will come from northern Europe (England/Ireland/Scotland), and southern Europe (Italy).  I’m basing this on the genealogy I have compiled for both sides of my family, as well as family oral history and general knowledge about our family history. I don’t, however, know much about my maternal, Italian family prior to the 1920s as very little information exists about that side of my family from before they immigrated to the United States.

I think it would be very interesting if I had Native American or African ancestry. There is a black ancestor in my family tree, who lived in the late 19th century, although he isn’t thought to be directly related to me. My great grandmother on my maternal side was said to be Swedish and Native American, of the Mic Mac tribe, specifically. Whether or not that is true has been difficult to ascertain as she was adopted by a family member after the deaths of her parents. There is also very little that I know about my maternal history, so there could be some unexpected things that come out of that.

This post was first published on the blog site Anthropology While White.