DNA...solving or creating mysteries?So it seems I'm not exactly who I thought I was... How is that you ask? Well, I recently had my DNA tested--- and the results seem to show my family tree isn't exactly as I thought it was!
I'd heard rumblings over the years, regarding the possibility of some paternity issues in my pedigree. I dismissed them as unlikely and went about my research... though this possibility was always in the back of my head, as well as the identities of possible pedigree replacements.
Fast forward 20 years--- I have an ancestry DNA test done-- and SURPRISE! I have more than one match to descendants of one of my possible pedigree replacements... and as far as I can tell, no connections to anyone from the family I was expecting to.
I'm not going to lie, this has been disheartening. Not only because it seems I invested over two decades researching a family that's not mine, but because I considered it part of my identity.
One bright spot is, this particular branch has been wrought with brick walls and dead ends. In all of my years of research, I've barely progressed beyond a couple of generations. Most of what I did find is pretty unremarkable, so I'm not missing out on too many amazing ancestors.
For the mean time this development is an asterisk in my genealogy research. I'm going to have a couple of other relatives tested and also have mine done again with another testing company, to help confirm what I already know.
I certainly have plenty of other lines to research and projects to work on.
The disappointment I had at these results is fading--- I've processed this new piece of the puzzle and am ready to move forward. And see what other mysteries DNA may unlock for me!
What about you? Have you had any DNA surprises?
Has it solved or created mysteries?