Some time has passed and I have a few things to offer, some snippets of interest or just plain updates:

Website changes

You may have noticed this site has changed looks over the last month or so, if you’ve been visiting. I’m trying to find “the look” I want. It’s still a work in progress but hey, that’s part of the fun.

DNA testing

On a whim I signed up for the Ancestry.com DNA exam. There were no rubber gloves involved, just a small vial of saliva to be sent back to their labs for analysis. I received the results the other day. Most interesting!

Much to my surprise (and I’m not sure why I’m surprised) but the results show my genetic make-up to be predominantly Scandinavian, 52% in fact. Being that my maternal grandfather was born and bred in Norway I guess that should come as no surprise however it did give me cause to think. As I’ve been somewhat predisposed to focus my family/genealogical search on the Sklapsky name and history, Bohemian or middle/western European, it is only a small (very small) part of my genetic make-up. No cause or reason to change direction from my current search direction, just a gentle prod that there are other family roots to take into consideration. As with all family structures we are all made up of the sum of our maternal and paternal ancestors genes.

Other percentages are

  • 19% Ireland
  • 17% Europe West
  • 4 Other regions – this includes:
    • Iberian Peninsula 6%
    • Great Britain 4%
    • Europe East 1%
    • Italy/Greece < 1%

So the real surprise for me, other than 52% Scandinavian, is the 19% Irish. Might explain why I always wanted to visit Ireland. There may be some subliminal draw there, a calling to my roots shall we say. They like beer, I like beer. They like Irish whiskey, I like Irish whiskey. Heck, I even married an Irish lass.

Apologies

An apology is in order. There have been a number of folk that have tried to sign up or enroll to gain access to private areas of this site. I didn’t realize that until today when I began looking at the “users” of the site and saw there were a number that hadn’t been approved. As of today you should be good to go. If I’ve deleted any applicants by mistake I apologize, please don’t hesitate to try again. If you prefer you can contact me directly and I’ll hook you up right away.

Website Family Tree (TNG)

The TNG Family Tree, found here on this site, and reached by using the ‘Family Tree’ menu item, is still enabling me to ‘learn’. For whatever reason my current challenge is getting family members photos to display, attached or linked to their appropriate person. The family members seem to be all in order, just displaying their photos is the issue. If you’d like access to the Ancestry tree, with photos, please let me know.

 

3 thoughts on “Update: Genealogy, DNA, Web issues

  1. I’d like to do the DNA AS well. ..and I’ve been to Ireland there is definately a pull there . On my father’s side there was dome talk that his blood line might gave a connection to Ireland. I just know I love it there Dwayne thank you for doing do much here.

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