The mystery of my ancestry has been on my mind for a long time. I have been delving into my past and I have successfully traced my Fathers family tree back to the ancestor who immigrated to South Africa in 1694. My Mothers tree has not been that easy but I am not going to give up, I will continue to poke around. Recently I had my DNA tested to see where I come from. The results were a mixture of "Yes I guessed that" and "Wow...really?" It has given me a deeper understanding of myself.
As an Afrikaner I have always prided myself on the fact that I have no English blood, wrong… turns out I have quite a bit of ancestry from Great Britain. Not Anglo-Saxon but rather Celts that stayed north of Hadrian’s Wall. To be expected – Western Europe, Nederland, Belgium and Germany is next and then Scandinavian and Eastern Europe. The most surprising result is that there is 10% European Jewish, Ashkenazi ancestry. So what did I find out – I am definitely of European decent! Of course that is nothing new.
What I have uncovered is that I have expanded my view of who I am. Basically I am a Celt because they were everywhere. Now we think of Celts being in Scotland and Ireland but initially it was the whole area and they moved around a lot. Then of course the Vikings came and things shifted again. I am exploring all of these pieces. I am researching their traditions, art and music and it is giving me a complete picture of myself. I feel it also explains the unyielding spirit of my people.
It has been an interesting journey. I think everyone should have their DNA tested it teaches you so much about yourself. Another bonus, it adds so many new vacation destinations.
A more esoteric reason for doing this work is; if you believe in past lives then you are your own ancestor and I am searching back for a link to the past lives that have the strongest influence on this lifetime. From the previous past life work I have done there are a number of lives that are impacting this one (in many of them I was an inhabitant of early Europe). Those deja vu moments of forgotten memories that stir when you do something you believe to be for the first time but it feels like it is not. For me an example of this is that I decided to teach myself the Bodhran. The day I picked it up I found I could play it – not with much finesse mind you – but I could play it. Where did that come from? Is it a memory from a past life? Now I am working on honing this skill.
There is so much that lies hidden in our memories and in our blood… Is it time for you to explore yours?