Today I got the results back on my 23andme Ancestry test; the results were upsetting and shocking. Three of my 1st cousins did the test (I learned after my results) and their results were the same, so 4 test could not result in the exact same error.
As it turned out I have no Native American blood in me at all. ZERO. NADA. Now imagine I’m 51 years old and have been taught and believed that I am Cherokee, to learn in 1 split second I am not. I am still in a state of numbness.
So what am I?
Almost 71% British, yes British.
Then Scottish, then French and a little less than 1% Nigerian.
From the Scottish I am of the Royal line of Scottish Kings, From the British I am of the same family as Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, and from the French Marie Antoinette. I had known that my ancestors arrived in England from Normandy with the invasion of 1400 and fought in the Battle of Hastings, but after that I knew little, now I know more. The report did tell me that my family did arrive in England in the 1400’s and came over from Normandy, so that was confirmed. Since all current British can trace their families to that point it is reasonable. I suppose my family then married into or were part of the royal line already. I had known for years about the Scottish blood and the Scottish right of king, that was already known. I do not think Prince Phillip’s family has the right to the British throne so although there is royal rights they are not to the current ruling family.
I am disappointed, I would rather be Cherokee, and perhaps it is because my entire life belief has been such. I know I am still the same person who spit into that plastic tube before the test, but I no longer have the same ancestral beliefs or past. It has really altered my self view and my inward view.
Who am I?