it took a good few weeks to finally get the results from the national geographic’s genographic project, previously mentioned here, but they are finally in.

this is the first of 9 pages of results, displaying the migration routes of my ancestors out of africa:

i would be lying if i didn’t say that i was slightly confused {maybe even disappointed?} that the migration route did not end up in portugal, or at least some part of western europe. although some of my family has recently dispersed, primarily to the united states and a handful to brazil, the majority of them were originally from portugal. i participated in this project knowing very well that it was not going to provide me with my specific genealogical history, but rather an overall picture of my ancestors’ migration out of africa. albeit very interesting to learn about, i found my results to be slightly vague + generic as it is still a work in progress. and, although national geographic does reiterate that it is an “ongoing research effort” and that this is just the beginning {“Although the arrow of your haplogroup currently ends across Western Eurasia, this isn’t the end of the journey for haplogroup T. This is where the genetic clues get murky and your DNA trail goes cold. Your initial results shown here are based upon the best information available today but this is just the beginning.”}, it would have been more of a confirmation to have seen that final dot somewhere in western europe or ideally, portugal. 🙂 with all of that being said, i do not want to take away from the experience of this whole thing: i got to swab my mouth like a boss; i learned about the very beginning traces of my maternal ancestry and it gave me a window to those women who once-upon-a-time shared some of the same DNA as me. and that, my friends, is pretty damn awesome.

once again, if you want to learn more about this project, you can visit

<3 always,

ana patricia

what interesting things have you learned about your ancestry?

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