I think it’s safe to say that most people are curious about where their families came from. What Country did their ancestors live in way back when? How did they go from one Country to the next? When did they decided to move to America? Or any other Country for that matter? The list goes on and on.
I’m no different. I’ve always been curious when it came to my families history. So growing up I always asked questions. I would always start with my parents. What they didn’t know I asked my aunts, uncles, great aunts and great uncles. And of course I asked my grandparents too. For the most part when people look at me it’s pretty easy to tell I’m Italian. What they never guess is that I’m also Irish with a hint of English. It was always pretty obvious to me that I come from an Italian and Irish background. The Italian being obvious with all the yelling, talking with the hands and the Italian food. They even spoke Italian here and there. The Irish was the beer drinking along with meat and potatoes and lack of hand gestures. Watching and listening to both sides of my family made that pretty obvious. It wasn’t until I asked about my great great grandma on my mother’s dad’s side of my family that I found out she came from England.
Okay I’m getting ahead of myself. So growing up I wanted to know what part of Italy and Ireland my family was from. For the longest time I was only able to get bits and pieces of information . I knew my dad’s family came from Naples and Sicily. I knew my mom’s dad’s family came from Ireland.
My husband and I thought it would be cool to give Ancentry.com a try. We found all sorts of different documents like birth certificates and death certificates. It has done us well over the years. With it we were able to find out more about my family. Like where exactly in Naples my ancestors lived, and what part of Northern Ireland my Irish ancestors started in. We were able to find more about when my relatives were born and died. The list goes on and on.
For Christmas my husband bought me one of those Ancestry.com DNA tests. We thought it would be fun to see what they come up with for my family. It was an easy process collecting my DNA for the test. Getting my results back took a couple of weeks. I would say it was worth the wait.
They pretty much told me what I already knew with a few more details. It was pretty cool to see how they gathered all the information. Is this test 100% accurate? I couldn’t tell you that. What I can tell you is Ancestry was spot on for me. They confirmed what I already knew. I am hoping this will some how allow me to better further my search for distant relatives. And who knows maybe find relatives who still live in Italy and Ireland.