I finally had my DNA tested through Ancestry.com. Here are my ethnicity results.
I was surprised to see the high percentage of Scandinavian heritage. I was also surprised how much of my heritage is Irish. I thought that I would have more Scottish or English heritage. But I have heard that my mother’s people, Bakers and Burkes, were Normans who came to England with William the Conqueror and then invaded Ireland with Strongbow. So I guess that confirms that.
The European Jewish heritage was also a surprise. I had heard rumors of the Wallens having an Iberian Jewish component. But I’ve also heard that Thomas Wallen was full-blooded Shawnee and adopted by Ralph and Joyce Wallen at Plymouth Colony. I will have to investigate this.
My Dad and I always thought that we had Melungeon heritage due to our skin tones. Perhaps that comes from the Iberian Peninsula or Italy/Greece heritage.
I uploaded my raw data to FTDNA. If you would like to see if we have matches, my kit number is B90586. Here is my ethnic makeup from their site.
I have also uploaded my raw DNA results to GEDmatch.com. My kit number is A920703 if you want to see we have matches. GEDmatch has the best resources for connecting with relatives.
GEDmatch also has some cool tools like predicting your eye color from your DNA results. Here is their prediction compared to my actual eye color.
It’s difficult to tell from the poor quality of my picture, but they accurately predicted the gold Collarette around my pupil and the dark circle around the outer edge. The only difference was my eye color is darker blue. These characteristics give the impression that my eyes change color from blue to gray or green, based on the color that I am wearing or my mood. My Father’s eyes were similar, although they were gray. My daughter’s eyes are almost exactly the same as mine. I’m told that this is common in Melungeons.