With my trip to Ireland coming up I wanted to take an @ancestrydna_ test. And it confirmed what I already knew: I am super European. What's perhaps most interesting and new is my connection to French settlers who came to the St. Lawrence River Valley. But that shouldn't be surprising considering the fact that my families have been in that region for almost 300 years, intermingling with all the French descendants.
I take this all with a big grain of salt, but the test results align with a few things I already knew about my family history:
1. My father's family came to New York from Germany in the early to mid-1700s. The patriarch had three sons. The family was loyal to the Crown during the Revolutionary War, so they lost their land near the Hudson Valley when the damn rebels won. They settled farther north, near the St. Lawrence River, and one of the three sons started a line that remains there to this day (most of my close family live there). / 2. The two other sons went their own way. One took up with British forces in Quebec during the War of 1812 - because he just wasn't done fighting those rebels. The other son's line eventually took up with the Mormons and headed west. This is why there are a good number of Merkleys out West and in Canada. / 3. My mother's family, the O'Brians, came from Ireland in the 1700s. And I have several Scottish ancestors. Considering the close connections between all the British Isles at that time, it's hard to suss out just how "Irish" I am, but that's more a matter of heart than it is one of DNA.