Amongst other items, Becky and Andy gave me a DNA-testing kit from ancestry.co.uk. Being dutifully-minded, I gozzed in the tube and posted it off. After 6 weeks and several e-mails saying “We’re processing it… honest…”, I finally got the results – and I haven’t a clue what light they’ve shed.
It turns out that I’m 53% GB, 20% Europe West, 13% Ireland, 5% Europe East, 3% Italy/Greece, 2% Scandinavia, <1% European Jewish, <1% Iberian Peninsula, <1% Caucasus, <1% Middle East, and <1% Asia South… Approximately… As for matches to people that ancestry.co.uk have registered, there is an “Extremely High” chance that I am related to a fourth cousin (or range of fourth to sixth cousin, or third cousin removed) called Kenneth Lawrence, about whom they seem to have no other details… Plus, they come up with 148 pages of matches of varying likelihood, with 50 matches per page… Seriously – do they expect me to wade through over 7,000 entries to find something interesting?!
I’m just a bit worried that my 53% might have voted for Brexit without my knowing it!