As much as I like Sally Field I won’t see her new movie. Hollywood has made yet another ridiculous film about a 60-year old finding love with a child. OK he’s a hunk and Sally looks great, but really. Give me a break, do I look like I was born yesterday?
Mom’s grandparents, Cornelius and Lena, born in Zeeland in the Netherlands, emigrated to the US and lived and died in Michigan.
I did it. I sent my DNA sample off. I hope to discover or have confirmed more about my roots. I’ve built many branches of my tree back to the 1600s, so I have a pretty good idea what they will discover. However, it seemed like fun and I wanted to do it before I die. If I didn’t screw up the sample, I should get a result about March.
My DIL’s mother had her DNA tested, and as expected there was much evidence of roots in Iberia and southern Europe. Given Wendy’s family has deep roots in Spanish CA this comes as no surprise. Wendy said she put ‘Hispanic’ on grandsons birth certificates because she concluded long ago she was Hispanic.
Members of my family have wondered for sometime about my Mom’s Dad’s family which has deep roots in Zeeland in the ‘Spanish’ Netherlands. Spain occupied Zealand for a very long time. Soldiers of King Phillip II, billeted in homes, intermixed with the local women, and left behind many dark-eyed children. Sephardic Jews from Spain also fled to the Netherlands in the sixteenth century although they mostly settled in cities.
Given Phillip II controlled the Mediterranean at one time and had a very mixed race/ethnic army. Goodness knows what might turn up in my mitochondrial DNA. A fun book (three volumes) about this period, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Phillip II by Fernand Braudel.
People in Europe have been mixing it up for a very long time with each other and people from other places. There is no pure anything anywhere except perhaps the Basque region and other mountainous areas never conquered.
Oh I love this stuff.