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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Akron chapter.

Growing up my family never really knew where we were from. We knew we were German on my dad’s side, and my mom was always told she had a bit of Cherokee Indian, but that was all we were told. So, on every school project about where my family came from that’s all I ever put.  A lot of my friends always knew exactly where their families came from, most of them had documentation of it. So, when the DNA tests first started coming out I always wanted to get one done.

Last year, around Christmas time, MyHeritage DNA was having a buy one get one free sale. My Uncle ended up getting them for his entire family, but had 1 left over that my dad used. That inspired me to get my test results done. After my dad and I did the cheek swabs and sent it in and about three weeks later, we had our results!. What we found out really surprised us both. 

I found out that not only am I not German, but I am 54.2% Scandinavian. I always thought that I would have a ton of low percentages from places all over the world. I never thought I would be over 50% of one thing. I am also 24.3% English, 15.5% Iberian, 5.1% Greek and South Italian, and 0.9% Italian. My dad got his DNA test done and I share 49.8% DNA with him, that is 23 shared segments. We both had high percentages of Scandinavian ancestry and English ancestry. My mom did not get a test done, but I would assume the rest of my ancestry comes from her side, and I assume she has some of the same as my dad. 

I went from only “knowing” that my family was German, to actually knowing everything about my heritage. I think it is so cool to know where you come from and some of your family’s history. I encourage everyone to get one, even if you already know where your family is from. You never know what surprises might be in store for you!

Hannah is sophomore at the University of Akron. She is majoring in Financial Management. Hannah is a member of Delta Zeta. She loves reading, writing, and listening to music.