I recently sent a DNA sample off to AncestryDNA for testing and received the results shown at left. Rod Violette, a fourth cousin and the Genealogist for the Violette Family Association, and I compared results and there are (as expected) many similarities. There are two anomalies, however, that neither of us can explain at this time. That’s the Ireland component; we both have similar percentage for that ethnicity! Rod’s family is strongly Acadian and our common ancestors came from the south of France, hence the Iberian Peninsula component. I also don’t understand the Scandinavia and Italy/Greece components. My father’s parents have similar backgrounds and my mother’s parents also have a similar background. And neither of them come from those areas.
That first part is labeled Ethnicity Estimate and termed “thousands of years ago.” Here’s what the origins map looks like (the colors correspond to the colors in the chart above):
Dad’s parents’ ancestors came from France and came to North America either through (present-day) Nova Scotia or Quebec; that history goes back into the 1600s. Mom’s parents’ ancestors came from Great Britain into New England; that history goes back into the 1300s. Maybe that phrase at the top of the chart is the key: “Thousands of years ago Ethnicity Estimate“.
A second part of the results is labeled “Hundreds of years ago Genetic Communities” and shows “French Settlers of New Brunswick and Eastern Maine”: Connection Very Likely. That’s the second anomaly. None of my mother’s ancestors came to North America through that route. And the Violette family came to North America via Cape Breton Island, part of Nova Scotia, in the mid-1700s; that family then moved to southern New Brunswick. I do have ancestors who came through Quebec and then New Brunswick, though. But what does that say about my mother’s ancestors, who came in from Great Britain through New England?
Obviously this is not an exact and precise science! I need to learn a little more about the subject.
About 7:00 pm tonight we received alerts on our phones about the possibility of a dust storm in the Valley, expiring around 8:00 pm. I went out around 7:45 and took the photo at right; no dust storm in sight.
Last night there was a strong smell of smoke in the air when I took the boys out for both the early and late walks. I could not sense that it was coming from the local area so I assumed it must be blowing in from one of the wildfires in the region. Later Agnes Volk, who lives up the street from us, called to ask if we smelled the smoke. Those in her house smelled it as well and checked all around inside and out to be sure it was not at her place or a neighbor. But there was no smoke odor today. There are half a dozen or so wildfires in Arizona at this time and this evening parts of I-17 north of the Valley are closed due to a new one today. The smoke from last night was either from another fire to the north or from a fire southeast of us. I forgot which way the wind was coming.