|I'm from all over the world!|
|My great grandparents migration|
As a person of "mixed race", I had an inkling but was always curious about my family history. I was born in the USA, so that means I'm "American". I could go even further and say that I'm North American with actual ancestors from here. I'm half Northwestern European, the other half Mexican, which is really half Spanish and half Native American, or as we like to call in Texas, "Texican." The actual roots of North American being the Native American part. I have some Ashkenazi Jewish, Scandinavian, Yakut ancestors and even some Neanderthal traits! And guess what? WE ARE ALL FROM AFRICA!
This was a great gift to share with my family, and with a little surname research, it was confirmed. A few months ago, I did Inside Tracker and it's interesting to see how you can use specific personal data to gather health information. And now, combined with DNA research and family health history you can really get specific and personalized health recommendations, thanks to science. That makes a lot more sense to me than a one size fits all diet recommendation. What I realized is we really are blessed (and cursed) to live in a world with all this information. Granted, you have to filter through it all. Unlike our predecessors, we have access to all this scientific data and loads of records online so you can really get a good sense of where we have been, where we are now and formulate the best way forward. We could increase our lifespans, if only we weren't misguided by the wrong information and strayed away from education and towards poverty. I've learned so much about my family history, and about the history of where I live now in just a few weeks. The only thing that is lacking is more history and information about the Native American side. It is sadly due to racism and colonialism that this information has been suppressed. I'm hoping with more research I can find more out about this fascinating history. It has really widened my perspective and also helped me appreciate cultural diversity in myself and our society. Being "mixed" is actually more prevalent than I thought, and we are not outside the norm. Race is not as black and white as people would like to think.