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I've been living in Poland for about 15 years now and I've always wondered - where my ancestors are from? Am I American, or do I have polish heritage? So on this episode of Kult America I will take a DNA test to find out if I am indeed ethnically Polish?
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Over, the course of creating these videos, I’ve often struggled with the question, - am I Polish? I currently hold polish citizenship, I have polish children, I have a polish wife, and I've learned to speak the polish language.
Often it seems that something is missing.
So on today’s episode of Kult America I, take a DNA test to find out what my ethnicity actually is.
So, drumroll!, Normally, I.
Don’t do stuff like that in Kult America.
The backstory to this video is actually that my mother is crazy about genealogy to the point that she goes around buying everyone DNA test kits.
So they can see what their actual heritage is.
When I took the kit, I can’t lie to you, I was hoping that I would be given some shocking results like you’re fucking 15% Cherokee, or you are 10% Japanese, or something cool and exotic like that.
Indeed, the results of my DNA test perfectly match my family’s history as I know it to be.
We will start off with what I think people most probably want to hear - I am indeed, ethnically Polish, approximately 60%.
You look at my ethnicity estimate, the biggest blob, sorry for the lack of the scientific terminology.
Here, is centered over Eastern.
So countries like Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Czech, Republic, Hungary, are all composed in my background, ethnicity.
But, the concentration points.
So the clusters as there’s described, are not only in Poland.
What didn’t surprise me is that my heritage is from Małopolska.
I knew this.
I knew that my great grandmother had background in Nowy Targ.
Her parents had background in Sromowce Niżne.
And, I know, from my father’s side.
My great grandmother had background from Ropcice Góra, or Ropcice, I’m, not actually sure in which town, which is technically in Podkarpacie.
But if you look on a map here, you can see that everything is really-really clustered together.
And for me.
It’s fascinating to observe that.
These people existed parallel to one another yet, independent to one another, not realizing that their ancestors would go away to America someday, somehow cross paths, fuck each other.
And voila, - I exist on the world.
Iryna’s, giving me dirty looks for my lack of proper scientific, lingua here, but I mean.
When I talk about my family history, my feeling is that if it makes people uncomfortable, regardless of the language, I use or the stories I tell, that’s their problem, because at the end of the day, they’re my family stories.
Two surprised that I have here, that I really didn’t expect is a cluster in Gliwice.
Now I’ve been to Gliwice and I performed a concert there years, ago, I like to think of it and I've always refered to it as the most beautiful place in Silesia.
If you had to live in Silesia, let it be Gliwice.
So do I feel pride that I have some ancestors from there? Maybe, not as much as the pride I feel with the cluster on top of Kraków.
But it’s kind of cool.
But the place that really surprised me.
You guys might remember a video while back that we did about standing in three countries at once, where Maciek and I drove down the South Poland.
And the whole thing ended up being quite ridiculous, like people.
My age shouldn’t being doing things like that., And, I, remember looking at the people and the places in that little village, thinking how beautiful and quiet it is.
Never ever in a million years would I have imagined that somewhere, someway, romances took place in that town, which led me to sit here today.
So that was really pretty cool.
The last thing is that some of these clusters cross into Slovakia.
Now, I know that some of my ancestors were indeed baptized in Slovakian, churches and I am very curios to know whether or not they were Slovakian in terms of their identity.
When I hover over the main blob, the primary locations are Poland.
Slovakia, Czech, Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia and Croatia.
So, all kind of Slavic places and it’s intersting, because it’s no secret that I have a deep fascination and obsession with Slavic places.
So I could not feel prouder of my heritage than I do with this particular cluster.
When we go over to the other 20%.
This is a little bit of a surprise, because I knew that from my grandmother side, I had Irish heritage, but only 13% counts for Ireland.
20% is Great Britain, which is something that I never really had imagined or cared about, I’ve spent time in the United Kingdom, I didn’t feel any special connection., I love, british music, and oh.
I, definitely love a nice, british accent, and some nice british tea.
But other than that, I.
Don’t really give a shit about that.
My favourite band, one of my favourite bands is Spiritualised, and they’re from there.
So I don’t know, I guess that’s kind of cool.
We 60% Eastern European, 20% from Great Britain, 13% from Ireland., So I’m, not a mathematician.
But it seems like there are few percents missing there.
And there are 7 more regions, which are of lower confidence.
So we have 2% Europe West, and funny enough.
I have this feeling that I could do without it.
You know, I, like my Eastern European background.
There is a 1% the Iberian Peninsula, which is like Spain, Portugal, no habla Español.
So it’s got nothing to do with me., 1%, FInnland, Northwest, Russia, and then less than one percent.
Jewish., Now I was really curious.
So see if I would have more Jewish blood when I took this test because I know that a lot of people in Europe have mixed Jewish blood, but yeah, less than 1% is pretty insignificant.
And then I don’t even know why they would put it as a percent, but it says, 0%, Italian, or Greece.
If you consider all of the greasy pizza that I eat in my life, then maybe that’s why they put the percent.
You know, just to make me unwary.
This test basically did not surprise me, in fact.
It confirmed family stories that we knew and I would encourage anyone to take a DNA test.
And maybe they would have some more exotic surprises than I had.
But for sure, it’s certainly interesting, especially as an American to see from where you are.
Cameras have always had a special place in my heart, because they are the devices.
We use that can magically freeze the time and give a little trinket to our descendance.
And I, really wish that my ancestors from Europe had collected more photographs., So I have a special attachment to the concept of photograhy and I kind of want to share that with you guys in giving some of my camera collection away to viewers.
So if you would be interested in keeping one of these six cameras as your own souvenir from my journey of family heritage and learning about Poland, please visit my Facebook page, find this video, which has been reuploaded there, share it to your page and send me a quick message, requesting the camera and yeah, I will send it to six lucky.
If you didn’t want the camera, you should still like the Facebook page, because we put a lot of cool, exclusive content on there.
Thank you guys for watching Kult America.
And we will see you again.
Ethnicity is a reflection of shared ancestry based on social and cultural practices. Ethnic groups may be linked by a religious affiliation, a shared linguistic heritage or a common geographical origin. Ethnicity cannot be detected by DNA, but there is sometimes an overlap with a person's genetic ancestry.Can you tell your ethnicity by DNA test? ›
Ethnicity is a reflection of shared ancestry based on social and cultural practices. Ethnic groups may be linked by a religious affiliation, a shared linguistic heritage or a common geographical origin. Ethnicity cannot be detected by DNA, but there is sometimes an overlap with a person's genetic ancestry.What does Polish come up as on AncestryDNA? ›
If you have Polish ancestry, your Polish DNA will show up as Eastern European.How many generations back is 3% ethnicity in your DNA test results? ›
The range of inheritance for your grandparents is about 20 to 30 percent. As we go down even further back in time, we see that that range extends quite a bit. As shown in the video, the ranges began to overlap. For instance, an inheritance between 3 and 7% could represent your 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th great-grandparents.How accurate are DNA tests for ethnicity? ›
Accuracy is very high when it comes to reading each of the hundreds of thousands of positions (or markers) in your DNA. With current technology, AncestryDNA ® has, on average, an accuracy rate of over 99 percent for each marker tested.