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DNA test updated

Logged into my FamilyTreeDNA profile today and discovered that the percentage and accuracy has been updated! There was unknown percentages and no mention for example of slavic DNA last time, so I guess they are always evolving in accuracy๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Wonder how it will look in a year or so!

Edit: Commersial DNA tests are not that accurate, this is more like an estimate.

‘Finland’ also contains other Uralic/finno-ugric subgroups like kven and sรกmi, which is my family tree mostly. Surprised about the Slavic though ๐Ÿ˜€
Map of origins
Map of origins

Have you ever done a DNA test? What did you find and how did it affect your view?๐ŸŒ

29 thoughts on “DNA test updated”

  1. Hello Moncia very interesting results you have. I also had some interesting and unexpected results from doing the Ancestry DNA test. I am 10% Norwegian, 22% Scottish, 18% Irish, 48% Maori/Polynesian and the 2% various things. My mother’s family are are all pale and blonde, I guess this is where the Northern European parts of me come from, although she is unaware of much of her family’s history and my father is Maori his family have lived in New Zealand since the first canoes sailed over from the ancient land of Hawaiiki. So I am around 50% Indigenous 50% Northern European.

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    1. Cool! Did your result actually say Norwegian? I thought it would say Scandinavian ๐Ÿ˜€ did it show specifically from where in Norway? Would be awesome if you went to visit your roots one day ๐Ÿ˜Š
      That’s a good combo, I have never heard of Hawaiiki, have to google that ๐ŸŒ
      Do you feel very connected to your ethnicity, culture and roots?โœจ

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      1. I can’t remember if it says Norwegian or Scandinavian to be honest will have to have a look at it again. Interestingly…it changes over time as more results come in from Ancestry. Yes would be so cool to come there one day. I have always been fascinated by cold and icy places, given I was born in very hot place hehe – Australia. Currently I am reading a book about the ancient legend of the Island of Thule called The Ice Museum, a very cool book, I would recommend it. http://joannakavenna.com/the-ice-museum/
        I grew up in Australia completely separate from my Maori culture and my language, it was only as an adult (after travelling all over the place) that I moved to New Zealand and felt like this was a place of Turangawaewae (a place to stand), everyone has this, it could be the place of your ancestors, or your adopted homeland. Hawaiki is a legendary and mythical homeland from where Maoris and Polynesians came from. See more of it here, they navigated across the Pacific to get to New Zealand ๐Ÿ™‚ https://teara.govt.nz/en/hawaiki

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      2. I totally understand that, being part Indigenous and feeling like you are not Indigenous enough. I feel the same way. I was completely brought up in a white European culture of Australia and then to go back to NZ I felt like a fish out of water. It’s important to remember that you have ownership over being Indigenous as much as the next person. And also that the reason we feel weird or odd about it is because of colonisation which makes people feel strange, and like they are in between cultures. It’s in the heart though…this feeling and you know it’s very real to feel connected to your culture, ancestors and to the land. There is only one language called Te Reo (meaning ‘the language’) which has some minor variations but it has been adopted as an official language in New Zealand and a growing number of people are learning it here which is good. I am loving this conversation it’s so nice to connect with you and discover your culture ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care xxx

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      3. This is kind of what I am realising now in later time, that i have ownership. It’s a very good feeling โ˜บ just sad that i am 28 years old before starting to feel this!

        Good point. Colonisation har ruined a lot. I tried learning my native indigenous tongue (northern sami) but I just kind of gave up because I have almost no one to speak it to and still indigenous samis in Norway are not treated equally to norwegians.

        I am loving it too, so nice to “meet” you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ all the way across the globe ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒ

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      4. Yes so nice to e-meet you too. Don’t worry about starting on that journey late….I moved to New Zealand when I was 34 and I guess embracing one’s culture doesn’t need to have a timeline. Just by being alive and being creative we are reversing the cruel stereotypes of our peoples xxx

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      5. Yeah definitely. Although my partner he is Polish and he wants to go back home at some stage to his family over in Europe so we may have to make a big move over there either to Germany or Poland. Houses are super expensive here in New Zealand which has prevented us from settling down permanently here sadly. I think we will be moving away soon. I can always come back each year I suppose. What about you, do you feel at home in the Arctic Circle, would you ever move? xx

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      6. Ok I see! Have you been to Poland or Germany before? How did you guys meet? ๐Ÿ™‚

        Houses are quite expensive here too, impossible without loan or rich family, hehe:) I think me and my partner will move at some point too. We wish to move closer to our buddhist friends so we can practice more yoga and meditation together. Perhaps Finland. But yes, I feel very much at home here! It started snowing yesterday, and I got so happy.. I love the polar night, which starts soon. But Finland is not too far, so I am ok with that ๐Ÿ™‚

        I tried living in UK for a while actually 2 years ago but I moved back, it just wasn’t the place for me. xx

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      7. I heard it was an expensive country Norway yeah. It sounds like a nice thing to be close to your Buddhist Friends. It sounds lovely the snow really amazing to be there when the seasons change! My bf and I met while working together. I have created a short story out of it. But I have been mega slack, because I want to create a book out of all of the writing and travels I have done . Also have had cancer as well in my 20s which could also be in the book. I have put this off though, to instead I curate other people’s work on my blog, which is really fun but sort of a cop out, because I should be producing my own book instead. Here is the short story about how we met! https://contentcatnip.com/2020/08/19/i-saw-your-name-on-a-wall-short-story/

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      8. It is! One of the most expensive in the world I think ๐Ÿค”

        I am sorry to hear about your cancer! Are you well now?๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

        Yes, I hope and think being close to them will be just perfect. Also, our son will then have other children to grow up with. I am 6 months pregnant now ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ

        Oh wow, loved your story. Very well described. Especially liked the descriptions ‘warm, blue glaciers’ and ‘innocent confusion of sleep’ ๐Ÿ™‚ my english is a bit limited, so i really like reading a bit more rich and diverse texts! Thanks for sharing. You should definitely write a book and share more of your life and words and experiences โ˜บ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

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      9. I had cancer in my late 20s and now in my late 30s so it was a long time ago now and I’ve made a full recovery thank you ๐Ÿ˜˜. Congratulations about your soon to arrive son that is very exciting. Yes an amazing thing for a kid to grow up with play mates and friends.

        I’m so glad that you liked my story it was so much fun to write. Yes you are right I need to do this write the whole story out…writing and creating is very healing, it all lives inside me but it deserves to be in the real world! xx I hope you are having a nice weekend. I created bullet journals with poetry and artwork in them for my sister and nephew they are living in Australia, I think in these times of isolation sending personalised messages of love becomes so important. Big hugs xx

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      10. Good to hear!! Nothing better than recovery.

        Thank you, yes I think so too ๐Ÿ™‚

        I can imagine, also because it was such an emotional personal story.
        I agree, it’s very healing. I find that with painting too.:) and I think ones’healing can help others ๐Ÿ˜Š

        What is bullet journals? Very interesting.

        Hope you also have a lovely weekend! Big hugs back x
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      11. I will post some pics of what I mean with bullet journals onto my blog soon ๐Ÿ˜Š It’s a creative book- making exercise, taking a plain notebook (normally hard back so that it’s easy to create art in it) and add in stickers, collage, paintings, drawings, poetry, quotes, stories in there. You can create one for yourself or you can create one for someone else, normally to help them get through a challenging time in their life. My sister’s partner left her with two young kids a year ago. She is looking after them both alone, while working and completing her marine biology degree. She is being very strong and resilient but sometimes she struggles too, so I wanted to create a journal for her that will give her a bit of a lift of positivity and also I found some Mฤori wisdom and quotes. Big hugs back to you too xxx

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      12. I will have to google bullet journals, sounds very cool and such a nice gesture to give someone. I am sure your sister will love it!
        She sounds like a hero, doing all this alone.

        Oh nice! Do you have a favourite Mฤori quote?โ˜บ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

        Xx

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      13. Oh cool! Thanks for sharing.๐Ÿ’ซ It’s amazing that Mฤori language is reviving..! Same is happening for some of the sรกmi languages/dialects (9 in total) but some are already extinct. Looks like this generation really cares about preserving culture ๐Ÿ˜Š

        We have a sรกmi indigenous festival every year called Riddu Riฤ‘ฤ‘u here in Sรกpmi. All indigenous people are invited ๐Ÿ™‚ and every year one perticular indigenous peoples are the main guests of the festival. In 2018 was the Paiwan people I remember. And that was also first time I saw one of those beautiful Mฤori face tattoos!

        Big hugs xx

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      14. I am so glad to hear that cultural revival is going on for the Sรกmi and that the language is being revived again that is very exciting and inspiring. It takes passionate people to do that and it’s so great to be proud of your culture and promote it far and wide. โค๐Ÿ˜๐ŸฆŒ I would love to one day attend Riddu Riฤ‘ฤ‘u as a representative of my people too that would be amazing, hope to come one day. Mฤori chin tattoos for women are really beautiful I agree. They show status and age for a woman in the tribe, she has to ask an elder to get permission to have one. It’s a sacred and beautiful thing. Big hugs back to you

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      15. Absolutely! ๐Ÿ’œ There is a very beautiful fresh pride feeling/vibe emerging the last few years I have noticed ๐Ÿ™‚

        Oh it would be amazing if you came for the festival. Would be in the summer so you could catch the midnight sun too ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒ…

        Do you also have this “debate” or confusion going on in the indigenous community of who is “allowed” to call themselves indigenous? I think it’s a thing here because the culture and languages are so butchered and scattered that definitions are hard. If that makes sense:)

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      16. Yes absolutely we have this debate, it’s a way to ‘whitewash’ history to deny people their heritage and ancestry. I heard a very wise Indigenous Australian woman once say that being indigenous is like being a cup of tea…you can add milk to a cup of tea but it will always be brown underneath of the milk that and it will always be a cup of tea. Great analogy… even people who can appear to be white can be indigenous. Hope you had a nice Samhuinn/Halloween ๐Ÿ˜˜ here the earth is turning towards the sun while you guys are turning away. My boyfriend and I went for a big walk and now we are eating fish and chips. Lots of love xx

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      17. Yes, same here.. It’s a shame, seems to be the case in all places with indigenous peoples. Which is almost every country, I think ๐Ÿค”

        Oh that’s a great analogy. Love it. Makes a lot of sense.

        I did thanks, very chill, had some halloween cake ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽƒ I actually had to google Samhuinn, never heard this term before! Learned something new!

        That’s a bit mindblowing to me, how you are all the way on the other side of the planet experiencing an opposite season ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปโ˜บ

        I love fish and chips! Had it for first time a year ago in UK i think. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Hugs and best wishes xx Hope you are having a great week

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      18. Samhuinn is like a Celtic Pagan version of Halloween, it’s a beautiful time celebrating the turning towards darkness in your part of the world. Yes it is mind-blowing to be in an opposite season…at Christmas it’s summer in Australia and New Zealand and it’S boiling hot, 40C. I never had a white snowy Christmas until I moved to the UK. Lots more Mฤori posts coming up on my blog. I hope you share most posts about Sami culture and tradition as I really love these. I hope to go to that festival you mentioned. Maciek is also keen to go as well is it permitted for non-indigenous people to go? Perhaps he can wear a traditional Polish highlander costume, he did his DNA test and is 99% Slavic or something so he is a proper indigenous Slav hehe I hope you have a good week too my friend, big hugs to you.

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      19. I am surprised I have never heard of Samhuinn before, but I would love to attend a crlebration of it one day properly. Is it big in Ireland perhaps? I really like Ireland, have been 4 times ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’š
        Here, All Saints Day is a bit bigger than Halloween, being a more Christian tradition I think. Do you have Leastadianism in NZ also?

        Wow.. I cannot even imagine 40c. I think the max temperature I have experienced was 33c in Spain.

        Snowy Christmas is so pretty I think โ„โ˜ƒ๏ธ But one day would be cool to have a warm christmas. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

        Cool, looking forward to read!

        I cannot copy paste links into my comments for some reason.. But if you go to youtube and search for โ€œRiddu Riฤ‘ฤ‘u 2018 โ€“ Feelgood aftermovieโ€ you get a bit of taste of the festival ๐Ÿ˜Š that year was amazing; my favourite was Tuvan throatsingers and Baker Boy!

        Yes, all people are allowed and welcome to the festival๐Ÿ’œ

        I love traditional costumes, have to google the Polish one.

        Xx

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      20. I have had a look at Riddu Riddu festival and found some really awesome musicians to follow on Youtube, this would be so amazing to go to the festival, I hope to go there one day. I think you would like the novelty of having a summer Christmas. I always grew up with things in Australia like fake snowy Christmas trees and people used to cover the outside of their windows in a fake white powder to make it look Christmassy and to give it a ‘Christmas look’ when I think back….that’s pretty silly and funny. Ithink even though it’s hot here at Christmas, people still long for the European or Northern hemisphere idea of winter. On Christmas it’s a tradition in Australia and NZ to have a barbeque outside and play Cricket or go to the beach hehe. We don’t have All Saints Day here, although that sounds interesting too. I would love to learn more. I have really enjoyed our connection and cultural exchange it has made me so happy to connect with you! Big hugs xxx Stay warm. In the mean time, my boyfriend and I have been going walking each day here on the bottom of the world, because the days are longer now xxx

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      21. Awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚
        I hope you get to go too!
        Do you have similar festivals in NZ?

        Yeah, that makes sense, I would still love to experience a summer christmas! Would be so different!
        Christmas on a beach… crazy ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿ–

        Same here! I haven’t actually used my blog much, but since summer i decided to share more photography and now i write more too, which is very fun, i have many topics in mind โ˜บ
        Very happy to connect with you too!! And reading your posts. It actually helps my english too. So thank you.

        Oh i love that…bottom of the world.. enjoy the longer days! I am enjoying the short ones now ๐Ÿ˜…
        Take care, Xxx ๐Ÿ’™

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      22. Yes Christmas on a beach must sound so weird to you hehe. I’m so glad you are writing more as you are a very compelling and interesting writer and have so much to say about your culture and the history, have really enjoyed reading it!
        We have Mฤori festivals here. There is one called Te Matatini and happens every 2 or 3 years in a different part of New Zealand, it’s about Mฤori waiatas (songs) and kapa haka (performing arts) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e0qFuzHtvo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_OMxvhc358
        I wish I knew the songs and the dances but I don’t…but still I appreciate and love them all it’s cool. Big hugs from the bottom of the world all the way to the Arctic Circle xxx

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      23. Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚
        Oh wow.. I have seen many of those haka dance videos before, they give me chills every time!โœจ
        Are there any courses or similar you can do to learn it? ๐Ÿ™‚
        Warm hugs back! Last week has been a bit slow, as baby is growing so much hehe, but hopefully I get back to writing/painting/photography/blogging soon ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š hope all is well with you xx

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