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    Mom's sister had red hair, kind of a medium-light shade, and she always regretted she could not tan, and got sunburned often trying to get a tan, but all she did was burn and peel.  Her kids all got her red hair, darker tones.  Some of her grandkids and gr-grandkids have varying shades of red hair, and the only gr-granddaughter has hair about the same color as her gr-grandmother's.  The Norwegian maternal ancestor with the red hair passed that legacy down to many descendants.

    Still, to one degree or another, whether tow-heads or very dark shades (like me - my bro and I have very, very dark brown hair from our dad's line), in the bright sunlight we all have red highlights from light to dark auburn.

    I don't look Scandinavian, in spite of my genealogy that I can prove with records and Scandinavian name.  I have/had very dark brown hair (mostly now silver gray in my old age), eyes extremely dark green that graduate to a kind of brown-gold with rust-colored flecks toward the pupil (even I recognize they're fairly unusual).  When I was younger and dating and mentioned genealogy, the first question I was asked was "Are you Jewish?"  No.  Next they'd go through the Mediterranean Spanish or Italian, maybe Greek and then if it was summer I'd get asked if I was part Indian.  No..., of the seven countries of origin I can prove with documents, none of those.  However..., ancient Britain had Caesar's armies invade, and they also went up to northern Gaul and Germania, and I have multiple lines from England plus one from Alsace.  Then, I have one Dutch line that arrived in America ca 1630..., and I happen to know that, to escape the Inquisition, Sephardic Jews migrated north to Holland which was kind of a haven for those who were being religiously persecuted (Mayflower ancestors went to Leyden, Holland later, but they didn't marry anyone from there at that time).  So..., it's not out of the realm of potential possibility that I do have Jewish, Italian, or Spanish somewhere in my genetic inheritance, but records to prove that speculation do not go back that far.

    As a woman I can't do a yDNA test.  My brother's yDNA would go straight back to Sweden and whatever is before that.  Our mtDNA would go straight back to a little island in Denmark and whatever is before that.

    I keep hoping research on DNA and ancient familial DNA will go faster and more could be determined with DNA testing.  I haven't had a test yet, but since so little can be determined with mtDNA, I can't yet justify spending so much money on it.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Fri May 24, 2013 at 04:11:39 PM PDT

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