Am I A Viking?

One of my Christmas presents, given jointly by Dillon, Flo, and Jackie, was an Ancestry DNA testing kit.

Having plucked up courage to register this on line, to follow the instructions to provide material for testing, to seal it up, and to post it, I gave it a go.

First I needed to log onto Ancestry’s web site and directions for reading and entering my own specific code. With much trepidation I managed this.

Then came following the directions for spitting into a tube up to the right level, replacing the supplied funnel from which my saliva slipped down the glass with a cap containing stabilising fluid, tightening the cap to secure the fluid, shake it all about to ensure a good mix, seal it up in the supplied container packet placed in the postage paid box, and hand it to Jackie to post when she went shopping.

If you have managed to follow all this, please be impressed.

Now what would I want with one of these?

Well, ever since I received surgery as detailed in the following post:

and discovered that this condition is known as the Viking’s disease; having a Yorkshireman as a maternal grandfather and at 6’3″ in my prime having been very tall for one born 7 weeks premature in 1942 and surviving, I have nurtured a fantasy that I may have antecedents, many of whom lie buried in Yorkshire.

Later, I posted

This evening we all dined on Jackie’s penne Bolognese with Parmesan cheese to which I added some of my Scotch Bonnet sauce and with which I drank more of the Cabernet Sauvignon.


  1. I agree with Dale! I can’t wait to hear about what you’re willing to share here.
    (I’ve also done this on Ancestry–my results totally boring.:) )

    1. Thank you so much, Merril. All will be revealed. I can’t imagine any of your antecedents themselves were boring

  2. Linda and I did these. I’m a bit of all the British Isles with a smattering of northern Europe (which, given the name, makes sense); she’s 99% Norwich… NFN I suppose.

  3. From what I heard about the Vikings invading Britain on occasion, I wouldn’t rule it out. Would love to hear whatever you are willing to share.

  4. You are brave for doing the DNA test, Derrick, I don’t have the need to do it. I know that my family genes come from the UK… ❤️???????? It’s not surprising though given the history that our countries share.

  5. In the end we are all human and all mixed, depending on how far you go back. But it could be fun. Not sure if they are accurate but I am glad you got it out of your system.

  6. We might be distantly related Derrick, my name “Ivor” (Welsh) is an ancient Norse name that was handed down in Wales from the Viking days

  7. DNA – once it was exciting exotic scientific and medical stuff, and now it’s a tool for family history research and you can even get a test for your dog. The pace of progress is truly amazing. So is my ability to waste half an hour browsing “Viking Finger” and “DNA” . . . 🙂

  8. I have often wondered about what my DNA would reveal. Our postal services are now officially defunct – bizarre I know – so am not sure how what you describe would work in the southern part of Africa. I hope your results prove interesting – what a fine gift to receive!

  9. I AM impressed! 🙂
    My hubby has Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish parents and grandparents and etc.
    So we’ve watched A LOT of Viking movies and TV series. HA!
    After studying his family ancestry, as a little boy, he told his mom, “I bet some of our relatives were berserkers!” His mom frowned and said, with shock in her voice, “Oh, I’m sure they were not!”
    Let us know what you find out!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  10. What a coincidence. One of my birthday presents will be the very same. This was suggested to me at Christmas during our family get together.
    My second eldest grandson, Ben, who is half Chinese had recently done his, and if I remember the details correctly, the results were 30 percent South Chinese, 15% Scandinavian and 55% English, the majority of that being Yorkshire!
    This set about a conversation that resulted in the promised gift for my birthday!

  11. Derrick, have fun poring over the results – my brother-in-law did one last year and ended up with a great mixture of ancestry from across Europe!

  12. This will be most interesting to follow. It is not unlikely that you could be of Viking ancestry since they traveled up and down the coast of Europe and Britain spreading their DNA as they went!

  13. Oh this will take you down a mysterious path. A few years back a specialist told me that I must drink too much as I have a bent finger on my right hand………..I’m certainly not a big drinker. A little Googling showed that’s it’s called Celtic finger, aha, that made much more sense. On the genealogical side though, you are in for some fun!

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