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13 April 2018 @ 10:48 am
New Neighbours  
I'd like to introduce you to Mr and Mrs Duck, the lovely mallard couple who come every year at this time to...do duck things in the neighbourhood. Sometimes they bring duck friends. Every day, Mr Duck takes Mrs Duck on a little stroll around the town to gather food and is very sweet with her, like a husband in an old married couple escorting his wife around on a Sunday outing. I took a little video of them today:



In other news, my parents got AncestryDNA kits during their Family Day sale and my dad's results came in today. Nothing too surprising, pretty much entirely Ireland/Northern England/Scotland, which is what we already knew. But there was some Iberian Penisula in there, which is unexpected ('Black Irish'? Though Wiki tells me that's a myth), and 1% Finnish. Vikings, maybe? I dunno. The cooler part was looking at the DNA matches of other people on Ancestry, since my dad's family history is spotty, so it'll be good to have some other people to pool resources with. Still waiting on Mom's. For some reason, despite being mailed on the same day, hers was a week behind his in getting processed.
 
 
 
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on April 13th, 2018 03:36 pm (UTC)
Awww ducks!!

Ancestry (and all similar companies) DNA is.. only vagely accurate. It's mainly an odds/numbers game. I do know of people who've had success finding relatives through it (usually of the 'our grandparents were siblings/first cousins variety), although unless both people already have done a decent amount of research it can be hard to confirm.
The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: Harry magickingawanderingbard on April 13th, 2018 04:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know it’s not the gospel truth in terms of accuracy. Even they say the results might change over time as they get more samples and are able to narrow down the groups a bit more. I just think it’s interesting, and it does match what we know of my dad’s side. His family on his father’s side came from the Caribbean, where the records are a little spotty, so it was good to be able to find even 3rd or 4th cousins to compare trees with.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on April 13th, 2018 11:59 pm (UTC)
Love the ducks! They're so sweet!

Those Celts were everywhere. At a guess the Iberian Peninsula may be because the Celts in Spain are related to the Celts in Ireland. (All the Celts are related, but how your dad fits is the guess.)