Well, after getting an offer I couldn’t refuse (my DNA kit is a gift), I’m finally going to do the DNA test. I’m getting the autosomal test (Family Finder) from FtDNA. I’ve already joined the Azores Project and uploaded my GEDCOM. I’m ready to go when my kit gets here!
I’m not sure what I will learn from this test. I have my Azorean and French roots back to the 1600s and earlier in some cases. It will be my maternal grandmother’s line that might turn up something interesting in my chromosomes. I haven’t worked any of her lines back to the country of origin yet. They include Ireland, Australia, Wales, and England. And, her father’s line is still stuck right where I had him when I began researching almost 25 years ago.
I would like to make connections with people, of course. I think my best bet will be on the Azorean lines. I already have made connections in my villages through research. Given the somewhat isolated nature of their existence, I would suspect they were marrying each other left and right.
Anyway, it looks like I am embarking on a new adventure with my genealogy. I don’t think anything beats doing the research, but this will be interesting to pour over and analyze.
Stay tuned… 🙂
Genealogist and writer. Creator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy and Heritage website, yourislandroutes.com