Today is a rather special St. Patrick’s Day for me. I’ve always worn green on the 17th of March but felt like phony because I wasn’t Irish. For years, I had heard stories about my ancestry – English, French and Polish – backed by stories from my family on both sides. Also maybe Native American? So in December I decided to find out for certain, and bought a DNA kit from Ancestry.com and sent in a saliva sample. It took almost nine weeks, and the results were a surprise. Large percentages of my DNA were indeed English, western European (French) and Eastern European(the Polish) but also 12% Irish!
I recently took a trip to Maine to do some research and learned that Maine was a major center for potato production for many years, and still is (there’s a potato research facility just south of Presque Isle), because many Irish immigrated to Maine and southern Canada during the potato famine and brought their agriculture with them.
Then I recalled that my father had once mentioned offhandedly that his family, the Parsons, had settled in Maine a long time ago. Lightbulb! Parsons is an Irish name and maybe they came to Maine during the potato famine. So now I need to get on Ancestry and do a little research.
Anyone else out there interested in their ancestry?