the results are in.

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?

where do i go from here?

second posts seem to be even more intimidating than the first: where do i go from here? how do i transition into talking about all of the randomness i had in mind? wait, what was this blog about again? 😉

i was once told that you don’t know where you’re going until you know where you came from. i’m not sure if it was a joke, and i’m not entirely sure how i feel about it if wasn’t a joke. all i know is that it fits here. well, not really – but reallyish.

with that being said, i have been wanting to participate in the genographic project ever since my friend, diane, told me about it. national geographic and ibm teamed up to create this project that will ultimately help ‘to better understand the genetic and migratory history of the human race.’ and because i am a major pseudo-nerd, i wanted to better understand my own family’s migratory history out of africa. so, for the past few years it has been on my unwritten, quirky version of a bucket list.

well, it turns out that al actually listens to all of my random babbling sometimes and surprised me with a participation kit for ‘the genographic project’ for my 28th birthday. {what can i say? some girls dream about jewelry for their birthday – and some girls dream about swabbing their mouths for the sake of learning about their family history.} anyway! the participation kit finally came in a few days ago and i am super ready to get started. {that is, after i brush my teeth; i don’t want them knowing i just had some pepperoni.}

so yeah, i guess the question now is no longer “where do i go from here” but “where did i come from?” {yeah, i’ve got grandma jokes for days.}

i will keep you all posted on the process and the outcome once i receive it. looking forward to this adventure!

<3 always,

ana patricia

p.s. because i would have done no justice in explaining this all to you, you can just read more about the genographic project here:}

has anyone else participated in the genographic project? if so, what did you think?