posted on May, 30 2014 @ 05:51 PM
Well, I've done a lot of genealogy work, both in records and in DNA work. There's a lot of stuff out there and you could choose one or both paths. I
was fooled by tales of my own ancestry based on skin color, so be careful jumping to any conclusions.
If you want to take the DNA route, one interesting way is via the
. This traces your deep ancestry and can tell you where the various population groups split off historically. If there's
serious Hungarian in your background, or Irish, you'll be able to tell.
does the same sort of thing. Some of these DNA tests are more expensive than others and there are a wide variety available.
In my own case my family legends had it that we were part Native American. My own darker skin, compared to others with the same European ancestry,
seemed to confirm it, but I had both male and female (MtDNA) tests done and it simply is not there. So much for that legend.
The other route is actual genealogical studies. It's surprising how much information is out there, though frankly a lot of it is suspect. But it's
worth taking a look and it doesn't take much going backwards to find someone else, a second or third cousin, who's been there and done that, which
will save you a lot of work.
It can be a lot of fun and a lot of work, but bear in mind that if you go a mere 40 generations back, which is about 1,000 years, theoretically you
have a trillion ancestors. (2^40) Of course you don't, and that means we're all cousins, and a lot more closely related to each other than you would