I’m not going to mince words here. I’m completely fascinated by DNA and family lineages. Since I can only look in the mirror to remind myself that I too once had a biological father and mother with their own DNA, I decided to take a test to see what my results would be. I took the two different tests in 2016 (Ancestry and Geno). The results were basically the same. I’m Korean for the majority of it and on one test Northern Chinese and the other Southeast Asian/Oceanic. It surprisingly did bring me some comfort in knowing I have four 4th cousins living somewhere in the United States (yes, I realize that’s quite a ways back) when I checked it recently again. I have way too many possible distant cousins listed, 40 to be exact, which brings me to the point of how much our DNA is the same. I was matched with ten famous people from a direct female line 120,000 to 65,000 years ago. I’m sure it’s the same for everyone and if you took the test you’d get many of the same people. Still fascinating anyway and sometimes knowing you exist and fit in somewhere is good enough.
If you’re wondering who these people are from left to right, here are their names.
Francesco Petrarca, 1304-1374, who was an Italian scholar and poet.
Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, who was a United States president.
Queen Victoria, 1819-1901, who was a British queen.
Nicolaus Copernicus, 1473-1543, who was a mathematician and astronomer.
Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, who was one of the founding fathers of the United States and is credited for the concept of electricity.
Marie Antoinette, 1755-1783, who was the queen of France.
Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821, who was a military leader as well as the Emperor of France and King of Italy.
Maria Theresa, 1717-1780, who was Queen of Bohemia, Holy Roman Empress, and Archduchess of Austria.
Richard III, 1452-1485, who was a Yorkist king of England.
Jesse James, 1847-1882, who was an American outlaw and criminal.