HomeArticlesWO WIR HERKOMMEN • 2 • LIVING DNA Ancestry Test ERGEBNIS • Vlog
WO WIR HERKOMMEN • 2 • LIVING DNA Ancestry Test ERGEBNIS • Vlog
August 11, 2019
I hope the internet’s working today. – Done a reboot yet? – Yea, but… let’s see. A “TRAVEL FILM” OR VLOG WHERE WE ARE FROM THE WORLD AND US SEE, HEAR, UNDERSTAND Let’s hit play. WITH JAN & LENA So: “your story begins” PART 2 “we’re all made up of all of us”,
we know this line already. – So first up, our results have been
split up into 3 different areas. – Yes, our family ancestry 10 generations exactly
which we will trace back. Then our motherline ancestry tracing back our maternal origins
all the way back to Africa. Or for males only the fatherline ancestry, also back to Africa. – Right, ok. – A lot of text to read,
that’s for sure. “Explore in full” – finally. Haha, ok… Europe is at almost 95% and Middle East, so hardly mixed I’d say. “Regional” – let’s see what this has to offer. – It’s getting more interesting.
– There you see those finer categories. – Over 50% of Great Britain and Ireland. – Well, do you have any knowledge of that? – Nope. – Northern Turkey, at 3%,
and northwestern Caucasus. My results appear even more boring. Namely, I am almost 98% European. Like I said, in the more recent past,
about 10 generations back. If you think about
an average generation span in the past, in between 20-25-30 years. Times 10,
equals 200-300 years at most. Middle East is in the picture already. Meaning there has been migration, immigration, and I am part of that. “Regional” Somehow we’re always 50% British,
Eastern Europe 25%… – You’re Kurdish as well. – Then: “through history”
– Now it’s getting more exciting. – Right: “your ancestry through history” Let’s hit play. See what happens.. “Press Play” From today we go backwards
into our past. So this is Lena’s origin. A bunch of green dots,
scattered across Europe. Let me pause here. What we’re seeing here, are not
actual ancestors’ places of origin but DNA matches with contemporary people
within the database of Living DNA. The underlying theory is this: 1) Lena’s genetic code was consequently
passed down from generation to generation while slowly changing over time
and thus remaining traceable. 2) At various points in times past, Lena’s genetic information matches
with that of contemporary people. Because they stem from the same ancestor. 3) Our historic mass migration
happened rather leisurely so the distant relatives’ current places of residence should roughly match with
these places of origin. Let’s go on. Sometime over 10,000 years ago our mutual relatives roamed about
today’s Arabic space and Asia. And before that – Africa. At this point we are –
according to today’s scientists – related to all living humans
however distantly. – So what we see here is that
as to our evolutionary history we are pretty much cousins within Europe.
– Right. – Which doesn’t mean that we’re
first degree cousins, but that we share a similar evolutionary history, gathering here arriving from similar areas. – Then the motherline ancestry, where our motherline
from its immediate maternal origin is being traced back
all the way to Africa. Where we all stem from allegedly. For women, there seems to be
the motherline info only. Meaning: the fatherline, for lack of
a Y chromosome is not traceable. Men do carry this trait from their mothers
as well – but won’t pass it on. And through this line you may
travel back over 200,000 years. – Hm.
– Well that’s quite something. – Wicked. – Aha: “coverage map” of the motherline. There you’ll see a good many
detailed groups. Ok, Ashkenazi Jew. Kurdish. Druze, whatever that means. Then yea: Belgium, Daghestan, Ireland,
so all over the place. – Morocco surprises me.
– Morocco, Northern Africa, right. – Morocco is more dominant than Germany. No way…
– What? – 61% Tuareg. – Haha. My Tuareg! Tuareg have lived in Morocco, right? – Libya, Tunesia, would have to look that up. – How cool.
– Exciting. Tuareg has surely not been on my list. – On mine neither. – Let’s have a quick look
at the “migration map”. “motherline migration map” Lena’s story starts in Africa. She’s an “L3” – well… These so-called haplogroups
change very slowly over time on their way to Europe. – Shall we take a look at your fatherline? – Mm-hmm In my case it is all about
my dad being adopted. And I don’t even know where my grandpa
on my father’s side comes from. – And this bothers you. – Yea.
– It’s not that you don’t care. – Right. I will surely not learn
about who it is from this test and where he’s at and
where he came from etc. – but anyway about the line. Yea? So… “passed down from a father to their sons through the Y chromosome” Going back 180,000 years. And back then, it seems there was
a shared Y chromosome among all humans. – Hmm…
– Interesting. Among all men. O OK haha… My biological paternal ancestry is strongly concentrated
around the North Italian area. – Mm-hmm.
– South Tyrol perhaps. Switzerland. – Mm-hmm.
– Ok. Let’s look into that “migration map”. My journey starts from
our common nest in Africa to – Great Britain? According to Living DNA,
I stem from the original Celts. – The funny thing is: these branches
also apply to all the other people who were born on the way and who found different partners,
went on to different countries… Capping off with a mind game: ideally one has 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents, 16 great-great-grandparents. And if we continue that back
for only 10 generations, we’ll land at 1024 ancestors. Within merely 250 years. After 33 generations,
or roughly 700 years, we’ll mathematically exceed the number
of today’s world population and land at over 8 billion ancestors. And only an additional 100 years back,
we’ll reach a number of ancestors which has definitely never lived on this earth. Huh. These numbers can’t be overlapping,
or are they!? You get the idea… – And now, Jan, seriously:
why is this important to us? Why do we care about that?
– Well, I am really torn between both possible answers. What can I say. I have a strong feeling
that leads me to this topic. I feel connected. But sure, eventually: we all relate to somebody,
everybody has lived their lives and somehow we are someone different today. My grandma has lived
a completely different life. I mean, my mother has started looking
into her family ancestry years ago. Scientific term “genealogy”. She created her own family tree,
and she reached back till 1750. So I have a pedigree of 400 relatives. – Wow. – …including their names as far as known . Who married whom,
who had how many children… – Which professions they engaged in.
– In parts, yes, professions… – That’s really interesting. – You’ll see all kinds of last names there
and you may start thinking: “what if I would be called that today?” or: “hey, I know someone
with that last name, are we cousins?”
– Mm-hmm. – On the other hand: you might be distantly related to them,
but what’s the use? You might as well say: “screw that,
we are all related somehow.” This mere realization is enough.
– Yea. – And then we can go on
and care about our future. I mean, why is it interesting to you? – A great topic in the field
of Psychology right now is “transgenerational trauma”. [ LENA IS A PSYCHOLOGIST ] We humans, we are not just “us”
as we sit here. But everything our ancestors have experienced and have lived through,
is somehow stored inside of our genes. – Is that an actual scientific finding…?
– Yes it is… – …that it’s the genes,
or is it more of something that’s developing
while generations of people live together? – Of course, there’s a biological aspect, meaning our genes, that evolve over time. But they also change along with our psyche,
like how we cope with things. And then there’s the social aspect, [ LINK IN THE DESCRIPTION ] how society develops. – During wartime, food rations
were pretty scarce for instance. – My grandparents later used to indulge in
having roastbeef of steaks on weekends. And this mindset, restricting yourself to
having good food once a week or even month, was passed down to my mother. These are things that live on
within the recipes that we still use today. And this is why I believe
that our lifestyle as well is being shaped throughout generations. – This is why we are not some product
fresh from the factory where we can say: “well,
came into this world brand-new without any handicap”,
but our generations, those who have lived before us,
our ancestors live on within us, having made us into who we are today.
– Sure. – That’s why it’s so interesting, to perhaps understand yourself a bit better. – Yea, how shall I put it?
I see importance in “belonging” and “home”. Meaning, home is also what you make of it. I was born and raised in Munich and I have embraced Munich, did not suddenly leave and never return. So I have made Munich my home. This can happen within
one single generation, too. – To me, home is always within humans. That’s why I eventually came here,
came back here, because my family is my home. If I were to grab them and we
would move to a different continent, I do believe that this
could be my home, too. You might as well find
your home within animals. – Within animals?
When you have pets? – Yea, I would say: my cat, which is not alive anymore, but my cat was definitely home for me. – I know.
– Each time I saw my tomcat, or when we took it on vacation – all was good next to the cat. The cat just lay there
making me feel secure, feel good. So I believe, home can generally
exist among living beings. – Sure. – We have all migrated and moved.
The world is in constant motion. One can never say: “this is it.” And so I’m saying: this test
doesn’t necessarily make life easier as it shows how everything changes constantly. Nothing is certain. We can never say: “this is it, that’s why we have a right
to keep it this way.” But I find that having this knowledge
alleviates some of the pressure, too. You might as well say: “ok – I try to embrace living
in the here and now, I really try to make the best of it. I try to enjoy my life
and have a good time and to be grateful for
when I am having a good time, when all is well right now.” This gratefulness is just a basic creed which you must constantly remind yourself of, how grateful you can be for how it’s going – and that everything will be good. WOULD YOU DO SUCH A TEST? [ DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE
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