I'm helping a few adoptees find their birth parents. One is a friend, raised in a religious Jewish family. She lived in Israel as a teen where she met her husband. She has found out through DNA she is mostly Irish.
Another is my former neighbor's now adult adopted child, who thought she was 1/2 native American. DNA says she is only 7%. She is much more European than she thought, and mostly matches Mexican Americans from New Mexico and Colorado. Those are the old families who settled the Southwest a few hundred years ago.
My brother-in-law was adopted without any paperwork. He has no idea who his birth parents are. His closest match is in the DNA range of first cousin once removed/great uncle/great nephew. We're working on that now. We have discounted great uncle as the fellow is 25 years younger, so it's possibly great nephew, or first cousin once removed.
My DNA says I am 5% Scandinavian. That translates to a g.g.grandparent or two g.g.g. grandparents, 100 to 125 years ago. Interesting, because many people have asked if I am Swedish. I don't wear much makeup anymore, and when I look in the mirror at my naked face or at my picture on my drivers license, I see just what the mitochondrial DNA says I am.
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