It’s amazing what you can uncover in the sands of time when you get to digging with Ancestry.com. If you think a study of your genealogy won’t offer up any surprises, take a look at these incredible DNA revelations collected from Ancestry.com and Abroad in the Yard. Start your journey into the past when you sign up with Ancestry.com, and don’t forget to use an Ancestry.com coupon code when you do.
1. An American Indian in Iceland?
In 2010 scientists found 80 living Icelanders who possessed genetic material similar to a variation found only in Native Americans. The Native American DNA probably entered the Icelandic bloodline around the year 1000 AD. The prevailing theory is that a Native American woman sailed with a Viking fleet returning from North American, and bore the first Viking-American baby. Although no living Native American group has the exact same genetic code found in the Icelanders, 95% of them have a similar variation. What scientists think is that the variation belonged to a Native American group that died out after the European occupation.
2. Florida Accountant Counts Back to Genghis Khan
When in 2006 Florida accountant Tom Robinson started exploring his great-great-grandfather’s lineage, he didn’t expect to find a genetic link between him and the Mongol Genghis Khan, who conquered much of Asia and eastern Europe in the 13th century. Genghis bore innumerable illegitimate sons to the women in his harems, and so it is no surprise that his genetic legacy extends far and wide. Who knows, maybe you have family ties to Khan too...
3. 2 German Men Who Played in Cave Learn Their Ancestors Had Lived in It
Two men who had lived near what has since become a significant archeological site in Germany were genetically linked to the unearthed remains of the original inhabitants. The Lichtenstein Cave, as it is known, is located in the mountains of Lower Saxony, Germany, and had acted as an accidental mausoleum for 40 buried bodies nearly 3,000 years old. Out of 270 locals tested, Manfred Huchthausen and Uwe Lange proved a direct link to the Lichtenstein cavedwellers, which granted them bragging rights to the longest verifiable genealogies ever.
4. Two Men. One Signature. Same Person?
Barbara Cobb Rowe’s great-great-great-grandfather Alexander Cobb signed his name with an X and a dot in each of the corners – the same way Sanders Cobb signed his name. A Cobb DNA family project collected genetic samples from a number of descendents of the Cobb line, and were able to deduce from the data that Alexander and Sanders were at the very least closely related. The project is still looking for a proven descendant of Alexander’s father William to uncover the identity of Sanders, and whether he and Alexander were the same person. Talk about an identity crisis.
5. Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Paternity
Almost as old as genetic testing itself is the hunt for evidence linking founding father Thomas Jefferson with children born to one of his slaves, Sally Hemmings. In the 1990s, scientists compared genetic material of five male descendents of Thomas’ uncle Field Jefferson (as Jefferson’s only child was stillborn) with that of the male-line of Eston Hemmings, Sally’s youngest son, to prove a closely related match. Paternity is all but certain.
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