Congratulations to Kyle “boy-boy” and his #beautiful #bride @lex.busto !!! I #wish you as much #happiness #joy and #greatviews as this photo has in both of your futures #togetherforever ❤️👏💯🙏 I love you both very much #love #family #wedding #newyork #summerwedding #dnagetawaycontest

Congratulations to Kyle “boy-boy” and his #beautiful #bride @lex.busto !!! I #wish you as much #happiness #joy and #greatviews as this photo has in both of your futures #togetherforever ❤️👏💯🙏 I love you both very much #love #family #wedding #newyork #summerwedding #dnagetawaycontest
4 1 6 months ago

Soy un #Mix cómo diríamos en #Argentina. Mi #ADN proviene principalmente de 25% #portugal, 17% #españa y un 14% #Indigena venezolano! Sin olvidar algunas partes de #Africa y #Francia #WTF ??? @zulenaguzmand mamá, lo siento! No soy 100% orgullo venezolano como tú crees! Jajajaja #dna #ancestry #ancestrydna #ancestry #dnagetawaycontest

Soy un #Mix cómo diríamos en #Argentina. Mi #ADN proviene principalmente de 25% #portugal, 
17% #españa y un 14% #Indigena venezolano! Sin olvidar algunas partes de #Africa y #Francia #WTF ??? @zulenaguzmand mamá, lo siento! No soy 100% orgullo venezolano como tú crees! Jajajaja

#dna #ancestry #ancestrydna #ancestry #dnagetawaycontest
18 0 10 months ago

My creepy share for Friday 13th.I made a photo for a contest representing generations and ancestry. In the photo it’s my grandmas ,my parents, my self, my children and my grandson. The center baby is my Grandma Betty (my moms mom). Ok Here’s where it gets creepy ...somehow I pushed mirror image on Facebook edit, when I looked at the photo I seen a unexpected image. My grandma was transformed in to not only a creepy looking doll, she appears to be an Angel and a Devil/Demon all in one I’m definitely making it into a Halloween decoration! . #creepydoll @ancestry #DNAGetawayContest #Angel #Devil #Demon #Friday13th #Icantunseeit

My creepy share for Friday 13th.I made a photo for a contest representing generations and ancestry. In the photo it’s my grandmas ,my parents, my self, my children and my grandson. The center baby is my Grandma Betty (my moms mom). Ok Here’s where it gets creepy ...somehow I pushed mirror image on Facebook edit, when I looked at the photo I seen a unexpected image. My grandma was transformed in to not only a creepy looking doll, she appears to be an Angel and a Devil/Demon all in one I’m definitely making it into a Halloween decoration! .  #creepydoll @ancestry #DNAGetawayContest #Angel  #Devil #Demon #Friday13th #Icantunseeit
5 3 12 months ago

Savor the San Juans this Fall with a trip for 2 to enjoy a celebration of farms, food, and films on Orcas Island, valued at $755. Thanks to our partners at the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, the winner will receive a three-part package to enjoy some of the best “Savor the San Juans” events around Orcas Island including the @new_leaf_cafe . Revel in a seaside dinner for two at New Leaf Café in the historic Outlook Inn on Orcas Island. Executive Chef Steve Debaste serves French-inspired cuisine with a Pacific Northwest flare that will satisfy the most discerning gourmet. Savor small plate favorites such as Lum Farm Lamb Sliders, Duck Mac n’ Cheese and Shoestring Truffle Fries as well as seasonal main entrees including Halibut Verjus, Clam Pastas, Filet Mignon and Lardon Salad. * * To enter see todays Facebook post on @visitsanjuans & @outlookinn_orcas ‘s pages. * * @orcasislandwinery @seattlemag #savorsanjuans #savorthesanjuans #visitsanjuans #orcasisland #dnagetawaycontest #pnwgetaway #vacationcontest #winavacation #seattlemag #seattlemagazine #sanjuanislands #outlookinn #outlookinnorcas #orcassongfarm #orcasislandwinery #cometoorcas #visitorcas #visitorcasisland #newleafcafe #newleafcafeorcas #dreamvacation #winavacation #yournextvacation

Savor the San Juans this Fall with a trip for 2 to enjoy a celebration of farms, food, and films on Orcas Island, valued at $755. Thanks to our partners at the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, the winner will receive a three-part package to enjoy some of the best “Savor the San Juans” events around Orcas Island including the @new_leaf_cafe .

Revel in a seaside dinner for two at New Leaf Café in the historic Outlook Inn on Orcas Island. Executive Chef Steve Debaste serves French-inspired cuisine with a Pacific Northwest flare that will satisfy the most discerning gourmet. Savor small plate favorites such as Lum Farm Lamb Sliders, Duck Mac n’ Cheese and Shoestring Truffle Fries as well as seasonal main entrees including Halibut Verjus, Clam Pastas, Filet Mignon and Lardon Salad.
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@orcasislandwinery @seattlemag #savorsanjuans #savorthesanjuans #visitsanjuans #orcasisland #dnagetawaycontest #pnwgetaway #vacationcontest #winavacation #seattlemag #seattlemagazine #sanjuanislands #outlookinn #outlookinnorcas #orcassongfarm #orcasislandwinery #cometoorcas #visitorcas #visitorcasisland #newleafcafe #newleafcafeorcas #dreamvacation #winavacation #yournextvacation
21 0 12 months ago

Today is my @ancestry anniversary! One year ago today I got my DNA results. I officially met my paternal family in August 2018, and we were sure that we were related. The group photo is the day that I met my deceased father's two sisters and mother (my aunts and grandma). We saw the resemblance in our faces and our feet! 😂 A side-by-side photo of my other aunt and myself along with a side-by-side of my father and me helped convince us. The following month, September 2018, it was all made official when my #AncestryDNA results came back. The process was totally easy and took less than a month! If you're thinking of ordering a kit, go for it! Thanks to @ancestry I've spent a year building relationships with my new family! #Family #AncestryAnniversary

Today is my @ancestry anniversary! One year ago today I got my DNA results. I officially met my paternal family in August 2018, and we were sure that we were related. The group photo is the day that I met my deceased father's two sisters and mother (my aunts and grandma). We saw the resemblance in our faces and our feet! 😂 A side-by-side photo of my other aunt and myself along with a side-by-side of my father and me helped convince us. The following month, September 2018, it was all made official when my #AncestryDNA results came back. The process was totally easy and took less than a month! If you're thinking of ordering a kit, go for it! Thanks to @ancestry I've spent a year building relationships with my new family!
#Family #AncestryAnniversary
14 12 13 months ago

Many years ago, in a museum in Indiana, I exhibited this photo of Ewe females from my travel to Togo and other countries of my possible origins in W. Africa. While I enjoyed photography, travel and anthropology, humble beginnings (student debt) deferred this calling for other work. I still find myself called to curate my photos over the decades, to exhibit, to publish and to speak through art. I hope to return to Africa to see and film its contemporary realities . . . . . . #Togo #Ewe #WestAfrica #Africa #roots #ancestry #everydayAfrica #fineartphotography #instagram #ig_Africa #explore #familyhistory #DNAGetawayContest #artofvisuals #genealogy #exhibition #kodachrome #choices #cibachrome

Many years ago, in a museum in Indiana, I exhibited this photo of Ewe females from my travel to Togo and other countries of my possible origins in W. Africa.  While I enjoyed photography, travel and anthropology, humble beginnings (student debt) deferred this calling for other work.  I still find myself called to curate my photos over the decades, to exhibit, to publish and to speak through art.  I hope to return to Africa to see and film its contemporary realities . .
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#Togo #Ewe #WestAfrica #Africa #roots #ancestry #everydayAfrica #fineartphotography #instagram #ig_Africa #explore #familyhistory #DNAGetawayContest #artofvisuals #genealogy #exhibition #kodachrome #choices #cibachrome
19 0 13 months ago

So I FINALLY took a DNA test (actually two) to find out my ancestry. 🔗Part 2 Link in bio, Part 1 below👇🏾😉 . . . #PART1: The first one I took is from @23andme. I did the DNA + Health to also find out about my carrier status, health predisposition, traits, and wellness. 🔗Follow the link 👉🏾 @xonaturallyjessica. . . . #PART2: The second DNA test I took was from @ancestry. In part 2 I compare the results from both tests. . . . #23andMe #DNA #DNAresults #health #wellness #traits #ancestry #MeetYourGenes #AncestryDNA #AncestryDNAresults #NOTsponsored

So I FINALLY took a DNA test (actually two) to find out my ancestry. 🔗Part 2 Link in bio, Part 1 below👇🏾😉
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#PART1: The first one I took is from @23andme. I did the DNA + Health to also find out about my carrier status, health predisposition, traits, and wellness. 🔗Follow the link 👉🏾 @xonaturallyjessica.
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#PART2: The second DNA test I took was from @ancestry. In part 2 I compare the results from both tests.
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#23andMe #DNA #DNAresults #health #wellness #traits #ancestry #MeetYourGenes #AncestryDNA #AncestryDNAresults #NOTsponsored
6 2 13 months ago

Rendering of Sally Hemings my great aunt 5x removed and me dnagetawaycontest @ancestry

Rendering of Sally Hemings my great aunt 5x removed and me dnagetawaycontest @ancestry
15 4 13 months ago

My family may think they came from Miami! I’d love to visit Poland and Russia to learn my roots! @ancestry #dnagetawaycontest 👍🏽❤️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧👨‍👩‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👦👨‍👨‍👦 My family may think they came from Miami! I’d love to visit Poland and Russia to learn my roots! @ancestry #dnagetawaycontest 👍🏽❤️ 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧👨‍👩‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👦👨‍👨‍👦 #aaamoments #aaaeastcentral #sweepstakes #aaadiscounts #miamibeach #bookwithc #travel #familyfun #ingulf

My family may think they came from Miami! I’d love to visit Poland and Russia to learn my roots! @ancestry  #dnagetawaycontest 👍🏽❤️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧👨‍👩‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👦👨‍👨‍👦 My family may think they came from Miami! I’d love to visit Poland and Russia to learn my roots! @ancestry  #dnagetawaycontest 👍🏽❤️ 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧👨‍👩‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👦👨‍👨‍👦 #aaamoments #aaaeastcentral #sweepstakes #aaadiscounts #miamibeach #bookwithc #travel #familyfun #ingulf
5 1 13 months ago
#dnagetawaycontest. @ancestry
7 0 13 months ago

Hey @ancestry I'm ready to head out to Ireland whenever you're ready to send my Grandma and me! Please and thank you!! #DNAGetawayContest #AncestryDNA #KissMeImIrish #Ireland #AncestryDNA #FingersCrossed #ThankYouAncestryDNA

Hey @ancestry I'm ready to head out to Ireland whenever you're ready to send my Grandma and me! Please and thank you!!
#DNAGetawayContest #AncestryDNA #KissMeImIrish #Ireland #AncestryDNA #FingersCrossed #ThankYouAncestryDNA
3 0 13 months ago

My husband, Peter, @pdrinck grew up as an only child knowing that he was adopted. It was not until June 2019 that he would learn his birth story AND learn the most amazing news ever - his biological mother had a second son, Rob, five years later who would also be adopted. Ancestry made this connection on June 22 and as soon as I saw Rob’s photo, I knew he and Peter had to be brothers. My husband did not instantly see the resemblance (really?!?! C’mon!!) so I stitched their photos together (posted here) and he was convinced. In July they met for the first time ever - 😭 Thank you @ancestry for the amazing connection. It has truly been life changing. Peter and Rob would love to see their mother’s ancestry land - Ireland. Neither of them have been there before! #dnagetawaycontest

My husband, Peter, @pdrinck grew up as an only child knowing that he was adopted. It was not until June 2019 that he would learn his birth story AND learn the most amazing news ever - his biological mother had a second son, Rob, five years later who would also be adopted. Ancestry made this connection on June 22 and as soon as I saw Rob’s photo, I knew he and Peter had to be brothers. My husband did not instantly see the resemblance (really?!?! C’mon!!) so I stitched their photos together (posted here) and he was convinced. In July they met for the first time ever - 😭 Thank you @ancestry for the amazing connection. It has truly been life changing. Peter and Rob would love to see their mother’s ancestry land - Ireland. Neither of them have been there before! #dnagetawaycontest
67 14 13 months ago

@ancestry #DNAGetAwayContest Every year my dads side of the family celebrates ‘Swedish Christmas ‘ and follow family traditions handed down for generations. I would love to see the birthplace of my great grandparents and maybe celebrate special traditions with cousins that live there. I have photos of old homesteads and would love to walk where my ancestors walked!

@ancestry #DNAGetAwayContest Every year my dads side of the family celebrates ‘Swedish Christmas ‘ and follow family traditions handed down for generations. I would love to see the birthplace of my great grandparents and maybe celebrate special traditions with cousins that live there. I have photos of old homesteads and would love to walk where my ancestors walked!
3 0 13 months ago

So I FINALLY took a DNA test (actually two) to find out my ancestry. The first one I took is from @23andme (not sponsored). I did the DNA + Health to also find out about my carrier status, health predisposition, traits, and wellness. 🔗Link in bio 😉 . . #UPDATE 👉🏾 #Part2 is up on my other channel! Follow the link @xojessicarivers . . #23andMe #DNA #DNAresults #health #wellness #traits #ancestry #MeetYourGenes #AncestryDNA #AncestryDNAresults and just missed the #DNAGetawayContest 🤦🏾‍♀️

So I FINALLY took a DNA test (actually two) to find out my ancestry. The first one I took is from @23andme (not sponsored). I did the DNA + Health to also find out about my carrier status, health predisposition, traits, and wellness. 🔗Link in bio 😉
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#23andMe #DNA #DNAresults #health #wellness #traits #ancestry #MeetYourGenes #AncestryDNA #AncestryDNAresults and just missed the #DNAGetawayContest 🤦🏾‍♀️
11 1 13 months ago

I am the "geneologist" in my family. I have been doing research on my family for several years and have met several distant cousins online. Taking a trip to Western Finland to meet some of them and to visit some very rural churches so that I can look at records to extend my family tree would be great. I would also like to visit the UK to find some of my family members. So far, I have been unable to establish a link between my family in the US and UK. In visiting the UK, it should be easier to evaluate some possible contacts. In any event, I will be able to visit places where my ancestors lived. #DNAGetawayContest and Ancestry

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4 0 13 months ago

This is a small family cemetery on the Irving side of my family. We come from Scotland and some of these family members came from Scotland to settle in a difficult land. I'm not sure why they left or what the area looks like but I would love to know what they left behind. Scotland has always been number one on my bucket list because of my family and having grown up in Nova Scotia "new Scotland". @ancestry #dnagetawaycontest

This is a small family cemetery on the Irving side of my family. We come from Scotland and some of these family members came from Scotland to settle in a difficult land. I'm not sure why they left or what the area looks like but I would love to know what they left behind. Scotland has always been number one on my bucket list because of my family and having grown up in Nova Scotia
81 4 13 months ago

Through my early years I was under the impression that I didn’t have many relatives. Family gatherings were small, I knew of only 25 relatives in my entire family tree. As more and more of my elder relatives passed away, I developed a deep yearning for information and to understand from where, when, and why my family came to North America. I started asking more questions and discovered no one knew more than a single page in the story of our Family lineage. This led me to begin using Ancestry as a way to research, gather facts, and uncover shared photos and stories about our past. Through Ancestry I have been able to expand my family tree to include over a thousand different members. I have learned stories, recovered photos, discovered new living relatives, and have even been able to contact some of them and exchange information. This has provided a sense of belonging, community, and like my family tree finally has roots. For the Ancestry contest I would love the opportunity to go explore my Hawkins/Dembowski/Macdonald roots in Scotland. With the Ancestry consultation I hope to gain clarity as to which clan I come from, better pinpoint geographical details as to the location of my ancestors, learn about their lives and what prompted them to leave their homeland. Stepping foot on the same soil my past family members walked, tasting traditional foods, experiencing local culture, and finding the tartan of my ancestors would be the highlights of this trip. While making my photo collage, putting so many old family photos together next to one of myself from the present day, it really hit home how the mixing pot of my past has blended together to make me who I am today. #DNAGetawayContest @Ancestry

Through my early years I was under the impression that I didn’t have many relatives. Family gatherings were small, I knew of only 25 relatives in my entire family tree.
As more and more of my elder relatives passed away, I developed a deep yearning for information and to understand from where, when, and why my family came to North America.
I started asking more questions and discovered no one knew more than a single page in the story of our Family lineage.
This led me to begin using Ancestry as a way to research, gather facts, and uncover shared photos and stories about our past.
Through Ancestry I have been able to expand my family tree to include over a thousand different members. I have learned stories, recovered photos, discovered new living relatives, and have even been able to contact some of them and exchange information. This has provided a sense of belonging, community, and like my family tree finally has roots.
For the Ancestry contest I would love the opportunity to go explore my Hawkins/Dembowski/Macdonald roots in Scotland. With the Ancestry consultation I hope to gain clarity as to which clan I come from, better pinpoint geographical details as to the location of my ancestors, learn about their lives and what prompted them to leave their homeland. Stepping foot on the same soil my past family members walked, tasting traditional foods, experiencing local culture, and finding the tartan of my ancestors would be the highlights of this trip.
While making my photo collage, putting so many old family photos together next to one of myself from the present day, it really hit home how the mixing pot of my past has blended together to make me who I am today. #DNAGetawayContest  @Ancestry
4 0 13 months ago

My @ancestry #ancestrydna #dnagetawaycontest entry. My DNA gives me a hint to where I'm from, The Netherlands is where my story begins for my mother's side. I would love to take her back someday and see her family that is still there. My English/Welsh/Irish side is mainly from my father's side must be...I'm also very curious about those roots!

My @ancestry #ancestrydna #dnagetawaycontest entry.
My DNA gives me a hint to where I'm from, The Netherlands is where my story begins for my mother's side. I would love to take her back someday and see her family that is still there.
My English/Welsh/Irish side is mainly from my father's side must be...I'm also very curious about those roots!
5 0 13 months ago
#DNAGetawayContest  @Ancestry
57 3 13 months ago

I’ve been piecing together our family mystery using DNA! We always thought we were French but my dad has only a small percent of French DNA. His test shows 39% Italian. We had no idea! I use our DNA matches to cross reference the surname, Melfi, which I believe is my great grandmother’s maiden name with the location of her birth to find out all I can about my family from Southern Italy! Some of our DNA matches’ trees don’t give a lot of details so I add people from their tree to mine and start building. I research everything to do with these cousins and add it to my tree. It works! I’ve loved using the new filters, custom groups and the MyTreeTags. I can easily see if a person with the same surname is from the same town in Italy. I can also tag a person’s occupation. There were many family members that were tailors in Italy and the US! I’d love to travel to Italy to learn about my new found heritage and see my ancestor’s village of Gorgoglione. I’d love to walk in their footsteps, eat the food, explore my roots and most importantly do more research in the church there to make more connections. We still don’t have any information about my great grandfather. I’ve never traveled to Europe and being able to share this experience with my father would be icing on the cake! We’ve been searching for this side of our family for over 10 years and using DNA we finally found out who we are! This is me with my Pop in the early 1970s. If only I could ask him all the questions I have about our family history but DNA is the next best thing. Thanks @Ancestry #DNAGetawayContest

I’ve been piecing together our family mystery using DNA! We always thought we were French but my dad has only a small percent of French DNA. His test shows 39% Italian. We had no idea! I use our DNA matches to cross reference the surname, Melfi, which I believe is my great grandmother’s maiden name with the location of her birth to find out all I can about my family from Southern Italy! Some of our DNA matches’ trees don’t give a lot of details so I add people from their tree to mine and start building. I research everything to do with these cousins and add it to my tree. It works! I’ve loved using the new filters, custom groups and the MyTreeTags. I can easily see if a person with the same surname is from the same town in Italy. I can also tag a person’s occupation. There were many family members that were tailors in Italy and the US! I’d love to travel to Italy to learn about my new found heritage and see my ancestor’s village of Gorgoglione. I’d love to walk in their footsteps, eat the food, explore my roots and most importantly do more research in the church there to make more connections. We still don’t have any information about my great grandfather. I’ve never traveled to Europe and being able to share this experience with my father would be icing on the cake! We’ve been searching for this side of our family for over 10 years and using DNA we finally found out who we are! This is me with my Pop in the early 1970s. If only I could ask him all the questions I have about our family history but DNA is the next best thing. Thanks @Ancestry #DNAGetawayContest
11 0 13 months ago

#DNAGetawayContest @ancestry I’d love to win a trip to where my ancestors are from. Take my brother with me so I don’t have to call us American mutts anymore 🤣 Raised with the rich New Mexican culture, it would be amazing to experience the culture of where my family comes from. 👌🏽

#DNAGetawayContest  @ancestry I’d love to win a trip to where my ancestors are from. Take my brother with me so I don’t have to call us American mutts anymore 🤣 Raised with the rich New Mexican culture, it would be amazing to experience the culture of where my family comes from. 👌🏽
44 0 13 months ago

Hey @ancestry, I would love to travel with my Mom to discover our family heritage through #DNAGetawayContest . We want to travel to Portugal and the surrounding Azores islands because my Mom’s great-grandparents emigrated from that area. When she was little, she heard stories from her great-grandparents about the Portuguese culture and food. Each of her great-grandparents was from a different Azores island, which would be wonderful to visit to see if their personality (that we heard about) matched the culture of the different islands and the Portugal mainland. They came from many generations living at the same area of Portugal, so there must be so much history just waiting for us to explore there that cannot be found online (trust me – I already tried!). Only in person can we fully immerse in our family heritage and connect to our ancestors. Neither my mom or I have visited Portugal yet. We have tried making various Portuguese food staples, but we desire to eat the authentic Portuguese foods, such as malasalas, linguica, and sopas, while visiting Portugal and the Azores islands. We look forward to the day we can!

Hey @ancestry, I would love to travel with my Mom to discover our family heritage through #DNAGetawayContest . We want to travel to Portugal and the surrounding Azores islands because my Mom’s great-grandparents emigrated from that area. When she was little, she heard stories from her great-grandparents about the Portuguese culture and food. Each of her great-grandparents was from a different Azores island, which would be wonderful to visit to see if their personality (that we heard about) matched the culture of the different islands and the Portugal mainland. They came from many generations living at the same area of Portugal, so there must be so much history just waiting for us to explore there that cannot be found online (trust me – I already tried!). Only in person can we fully immerse in our family heritage and connect to our ancestors. Neither my mom or I have visited Portugal yet. We have tried making various Portuguese food staples, but we desire to eat the authentic Portuguese foods, such as malasalas, linguica, and sopas, while visiting Portugal and the Azores islands. We look forward to the day we can!
14 1 13 months ago

#DNAGetawayContest @Ancestry My husband was adopted from Germany by an amazing US military family! We have been able to FIND & connect with 4 of at least 7 siblings & additional family who filled in numerous blanks leading us to discover his birth father's family!! DNA testing is amazing! It would be wonderful to go to Germany & find more family! AND my great-grandparents also immigrated from Germany - so it would be a win-win for both of us! 🇩🇪 #familyhistory #Germany #adoption #familiesareforever

#DNAGetawayContest @Ancestry My husband was adopted from Germany by an amazing US military family!  We have been able to FIND & connect with 4 of at least 7 siblings & additional family who filled in numerous blanks leading us to discover his birth father's family!! DNA testing is amazing! It would be wonderful to go to Germany & find more family! AND my great-grandparents also immigrated from Germany - so it would be a win-win for both of us! 🇩🇪 #familyhistory #Germany #adoption #familiesareforever
15 1 13 months ago

The smidge of Norwegian was a surprise 🇳🇴 🇬🇧 🇮🇪 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 @Ancestry #DNAGetawayContest #THISismyhobby 🌳

The smidge of Norwegian was a surprise 🇳🇴 🇬🇧 🇮🇪 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 @Ancestry #DNAGetawayContest #THISismyhobby 🌳
9 0 13 months ago

I love that my DNA forms a peace sign! ❤️ I would love to travel to Scotland to learn more about my Scottish ancestry. I would love to visit the places they lived and hopefully branch out more from there. The country and scenery call my soul. @Ancestry #dnagetawaycontest #scotland #peace

I love that my DNA forms a peace sign! ❤️
I would love to travel to Scotland to learn more about my Scottish ancestry.  I would love to visit the places they lived and hopefully branch out more from there. The country and scenery call my soul.

@Ancestry #dnagetawaycontest #scotland #peace
5 0 13 months ago

A Thousand Words, a Thousand Lifetimes and Thousands of Miles We know the old saying, “a picture is worth...” Well, this picture speaks volumes to me. It is said to be of my second great-grandfather, Edward ‘Ned’ Winstead of Nash County, North Carolina and his family members, circa the 1880’s. My great-grandmother, Ned’s daughter-in-law, Addie, gave it to my sister many years ago, stating it was of ‘Granddaddy’s daddy and their family’. My sister came across it again a while back and sent it to me. I am thankful. My guess is that Ned is the gentleman in the back row, third from right, with the book in his hand. I compared it to another picture I have of him. Ned’s wife, Anneeline ‘Annie’ Edwards Winstead, my second great-grandmother, is supposedly in the picture also. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of her (yet - that’s me putting my desire out into the universe), to compare this to, so she is unidentifiable. Looking at my family in this picture, I’m wondering what stories they each could tell. The lives they’ve lived, memories they have collected: of their childhoods, parents, grandparents. I wonder if they dreamed of ‘home’; if they dreamed of Africa. When I look in their eyes, I see a history that touches another time; another land. I see a people disconnected from their culture – their language, their food, their home. I can almost hear them whispering to me, “keep digging Lisa, keep digging… You’ll get to us. We’re just on the other side.” Crossing sacred waters and walking the land of my forebears. Feeling their spirits embrace and welcome me. The experience would be overwhelming. When I look at this picture, I see grace, resilience, fortitude, and strength. I see me. I see home. #DNAGetawayContest @Ancestry

A Thousand Words, a Thousand Lifetimes and Thousands of Miles

We know the old saying, “a picture is worth...” Well, this picture speaks volumes to me. 
It is said to be of my second great-grandfather, Edward ‘Ned’ Winstead of Nash County, North Carolina and his family members, circa the 1880’s.  My great-grandmother, Ned’s daughter-in-law, Addie, gave it to my sister many years ago, stating it was of ‘Granddaddy’s daddy and their family’. My sister came across it again a while back and sent it to me.  I am thankful. 
My guess is that Ned is the gentleman in the back row, third from right, with the book in his hand.  I compared it to another picture I have of him.  Ned’s wife, Anneeline ‘Annie’ Edwards Winstead, my second great-grandmother, is supposedly in the picture also.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of her (yet - that’s me putting my desire out into the universe), to compare this to, so she is unidentifiable. 
Looking at my family in this picture, I’m wondering what stories they each could tell. The lives they’ve lived, memories they have collected: of their childhoods, parents, grandparents.  I wonder if they dreamed of ‘home’; if they dreamed of Africa. 
When I look in their eyes, I see a history that touches another time; another land.  I see a people disconnected from their culture – their language, their food, their home.  I can almost hear them whispering to me, “keep digging Lisa, keep digging… You’ll get to us.  We’re just on the other side.”
Crossing sacred waters and walking the land of my forebears.  Feeling their spirits embrace and welcome me. The experience would be overwhelming. 
When I look at this picture, I see grace, resilience, fortitude, and strength.  I see me.  I see home. 
#DNAGetawayContest @Ancestry
3 0 13 months ago
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4 1 13 months ago

Would love to travel with my DD & DS to the UK to find out more about my earlier family history! Those cool misty hills have always inspired me. I'd love to see all my heritage homelands but those are the furthest away! #DNAGetawayContest @Ancestry

Would love to travel with my DD & DS to the UK to find out more about my earlier family history! Those cool misty hills have always inspired me. I'd love to see all my heritage homelands but those are the furthest away! 
#DNAGetawayContest  @Ancestry
0 0 13 months ago

I began this painting five years ago, in the Autumn of 2014 and haven't touched it since. I've hung it unfinished, and sometimes put it away in a closet with my paints. My painting ability is elementary at best, however I felt I was creating a picture of some unknown ancestor. Somehow, I knew in my bones I was Scottish and Irish, even as I had no known family history to prove it. No names, no pictures, no stories. One day at a parade I heard bagpipes with new ears, and the music transported me back in time. The sound rattled every cell in my body as if it were shaking awake some ancient part of my soul which recognized that sound as Home. In 2016 I took an @ancestry DNA test which confirmed it, and I was happy to see it in black and white. Tangible evidence of inner knowing. The part of me the pipes awakened longs for something I've never known; to set foot on the land of my ancestors. Perhaps I'll find something there- a clue, a puzzle piece, a symbol, that will help me finish my painting. It calls to me. The land, the trees, even the sky itself. I hear it, I feel it, and if I go, I may never want to return. #DNAGetawayContest #Scotland #Ireland

I began this painting five years ago, in the Autumn of 2014 and haven't touched it since. I've hung it unfinished,  and sometimes put it away in a closet with my paints. My painting ability is elementary at best, however I felt I was creating a picture of some unknown ancestor. Somehow, I knew in my bones I was Scottish and Irish, even as I had no known family history to prove it. No names, no pictures, no stories. One day at a parade I heard bagpipes with new ears, and the music transported me back in time. The sound rattled every cell in my body as if it were shaking awake some ancient part of my soul which recognized that sound as Home. 
In 2016 I took an @ancestry DNA test which confirmed it, and I was happy to see it in black and white. Tangible evidence of inner knowing. The part of me the pipes awakened longs for something I've never known; to set foot on the land of my ancestors.  Perhaps I'll find something there- a clue, a puzzle piece, a symbol, that will help me finish my painting. 
It calls to me. The land, the trees, even the sky itself. I hear it, I feel it, and if I go, I may never want to return. 
#DNAGetawayContest #Scotland #Ireland
9 1 13 months ago

54 years ago next week, I was born in the hospital in Ogden. I was given up for adoption and had a very happy childhood with my great parents and 2 amazing sisters. Around 9 months ago, through Ancesctry DNA I met my birth mom. It has been wonderful getting to know her, her family, and my heritage, and a couple of months ago I also met my birth father. I have been getting to know him also. I am looking forward to getting to know more of my birth family. I would love to visit Denmark to find out more about where my newly discovered ancestors once lived. #DNAGetawayContest #AncestryDNA #Ancestry #birthparents.

54 years ago next week, I was born in the hospital in Ogden.  I was given up for adoption and had a very happy childhood with my great parents and 2 amazing sisters.  Around 9 months ago, through Ancesctry DNA I met my birth mom.  It has been wonderful getting to know her, her family, and my heritage, and a couple of months ago I also met my birth father. I have been getting to know him also.  I am looking forward to getting to know more of my birth family.  I would love to visit Denmark to find out more about where my newly discovered ancestors once lived.  #DNAGetawayContest #AncestryDNA #Ancestry #birthparents.
77 9 13 months ago

My family and I have a love of the snow, as you can see from this fantastic snowman we created with a hat and a mustache from a bygone era. I like to think that my love of snow comes from my Swiss heritage. I have two Swiss cowbells I got from my grandmother. I have many memories of those bells and their distinct sounds. Sometimes it was like the noise of two bells ringing an alarm about a fire. Yet, other times when you hear the bells, if you close your eyes, it is almost as if you can almost see the cows munching on mountain clover that will later be made into wonderful cheese. I want to travel to Switzerland to see my homeland; to be able to walk those places where my ancestors lived. #DNAGetawayContest @ancestry #switzerland

My family and I have a love of the snow, as you can see from this fantastic snowman we created with a hat and a mustache from a bygone era. I like to think that my love of snow comes from my Swiss heritage. 
I have two Swiss cowbells I got from my grandmother. I have many memories of those bells and their distinct sounds. Sometimes it was like the noise of two bells ringing an alarm about a fire. Yet, other times when you hear the bells, if you close your eyes, it is almost as if you can almost see the cows munching on mountain clover that will later be made into wonderful cheese. 
I want to travel to Switzerland to see my homeland; to be able to walk those places where my ancestors lived. 
#DNAGetawayContest @ancestry #switzerland
28 2 13 months ago

#DNAgetawayContest @Ancestry - pictured are my father and all his siblings at my grandmother's funeral. I would love to travel to Paris since my DNA tested I was 44% French 😱

#DNAgetawayContest @Ancestry - pictured are my father and all his siblings at my grandmother's funeral. I would love to travel to Paris since my DNA tested I was 44% French 😱
5 2 13 months ago

#DNAGetawayContest @Ancestry There is a small village in Northern Spain with which I share a name. Population: 53. I study the atlas and can see my family history literally mapped across the Peñamellera Alta. Each town in the region carries the name of an ancestor. At the epicenter is the one representing my father and his father and his father before him. Within a radius of 35 miles, I find the names of two of my 2x great grandmothers, two of my 3x great grandmothers, two of my 5x great grandmothers, plus my 11th and 12th great grandmothers. Clearly THIS is my place. These are my people. I have spent my life an ocean away. Now the mountains are calling and I must go.

#DNAGetawayContest  @Ancestry  There is a small village in Northern Spain with which I share a name. Population: 53. I study the atlas and can see my family history literally mapped across the Peñamellera Alta. Each town in the region carries the name of an ancestor. At the epicenter is the one representing my father and his father and his father before him. Within a radius of 35 miles, I find the names of two of my 2x great grandmothers, two of my 3x great grandmothers, two of my 5x great grandmothers, plus my 11th and 12th great grandmothers. Clearly THIS is my place. These are my people. I have spent my life an ocean away.  Now the mountains are calling and I must go.
4 1 13 months ago

Hi @ancestry For the #dnagetawaycontest I would like to have the opportunity to travel to Wigtown and Whithorn, two towns located in Wigtownshire, Scotland, to visit the graves of my ancestors and to look through any records that could advance my research. Throughout the years in my genealogy research, I am very fortunate to have my maternal grandfather Joseph Coltrane, who I lovingly call “Poppy”, be just as curious about family history as I am. He has a book on the family history of the Coltrane family that has been a tremendous help to me in my research. It is in this book that my Coltrane branch originates from Wigtown, with a few indirect ancestors settling around Whithorn, and the political intrigue surrounding the Coltrane progenitors. Patrick Coltrane and William Coltrane, my 10th and 9th great-grandfathers respectively, were provosts of Wigtown. It was during William’s tenure as provost when “The Killing Times” of Scottish Covenanters took place and in 1685, two women were sentenced to death by drowning. They became known as the Wigtown Martyrs and William is believed to have had a hand in their executions. This incident, as well as other political decisions, made William unpopular and he was barred from being buried in the Wigtown cemetery. Legend has it that in the dead of night, William’s body was snuck into the cemetery and hastily buried in the same grave as his father Patrick, causing the stone slab to break. While I have seen a sketch of the grave slab, I would like to visit the grave in-person to see for myself. Additionally, visiting Wigtown Whithorn would also grant me the opportunity to do additional research on my Coltrane ancestors. The furthest I’ve been able to trace has been Patrick Coltrane but I cannot find anything about his parents or whether he had siblings. This trip would be an amazing opportunity for me both recreationally and research-wise.

Hi @ancestry 
For the #dnagetawaycontest I would like to have the opportunity to travel to Wigtown and Whithorn, two towns located in Wigtownshire, Scotland, to visit the graves of my ancestors and to look through any records that could advance my research. Throughout the years in my genealogy research, I am very fortunate to have my maternal grandfather Joseph Coltrane, who I lovingly call “Poppy”, be just as curious about family history as I am. He has a book on the family history of the Coltrane family that has been a tremendous help to me in my research. It is in this book that my Coltrane branch originates from Wigtown, with a few indirect ancestors settling around Whithorn, and the political intrigue surrounding the Coltrane progenitors. Patrick Coltrane and William Coltrane, my 10th and 9th great-grandfathers respectively, were provosts of Wigtown. It was during William’s tenure as provost when “The Killing Times” of Scottish Covenanters took place and in 1685, two women were sentenced to death by drowning. They became known as the Wigtown Martyrs and William is believed to have had a hand in their executions. This incident, as well as other political decisions, made William unpopular and he was barred from being buried in the Wigtown cemetery. Legend has it that in the dead of night, William’s body was snuck into the cemetery and hastily buried in the same grave as his father Patrick, causing the stone slab to break. While I have seen a sketch of the grave slab, I would like to visit the grave in-person to see for myself. Additionally, visiting Wigtown Whithorn would also grant me the opportunity to do additional research on my Coltrane ancestors. The furthest I’ve been able to trace has been Patrick Coltrane but I cannot find anything about his parents or whether he had siblings. This trip would be an amazing opportunity for me both recreationally and research-wise.
7 0 13 months ago

What kind of hot mess mutts are we?? One way to find out! #dnagetawaycontest @ancestry

What kind of hot mess mutts are we?? One way to find out!  #dnagetawaycontest @ancestry
2 0 13 months ago

#dnagetawaycontest I’m not pickie. I’ll go anywhere in the UK!

#dnagetawaycontest  I’m not pickie. I’ll go anywhere in the UK!
1 0 13 months ago

#DNAGetawayContest Entry: The Ancestry DNA kit revealed many things for me. It answered questions about my heritage that I had wondered about for many years. I would love to discover more about my african american heritage. I've been able to go back to my 2nd great grandfather who came from Virginia but no further. His last name is Scott and he served in the Civil War. Through ancestry I found a cousin who told me that our great aunt wrote a book about her parents called Mama and the Hills of Home. It was amazing to read and she mentioned him in the book. I’d love to find pictures and discover more about my Scott family. @ancestry

#DNAGetawayContest Entry:
The Ancestry DNA kit revealed many things for me. It answered questions about my heritage that I had wondered about for many years. I would love to discover more about my african american heritage. I've been able to go back to my 2nd great grandfather who came from Virginia but no further. His last name is Scott and he served in the Civil War. Through ancestry I found a cousin who told me that our great aunt wrote a book about her parents called Mama and the Hills of Home. It was amazing to read and she mentioned him in the book. I’d love to find pictures and discover more about my Scott family.  @ancestry
12 0 13 months ago

#dnagetawaycontest @ancestry I would like to go to Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Brazil to learn more about my heritage.

#dnagetawaycontest @ancestry I would like to go to Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Brazil to learn more about my heritage.
3 0 13 months ago

I was adopted from the Philippines when I was 18 months old. My earliest memory was the flight to America and my adoptive parents looking back at me as I fell asleep in a blue car seat. Seven years ago I began searching for my birth parents because I came across documents of my birth when cleaning out my mom’s house. All I know are the names of my birth parents, the hospital I was born at, and the orphanage I was taken to. Tireless nights of online searching turned up nothing. Life was passing by. I got married and just last year my son was born. He, as of now, is the only blood relative I know of. I want to take him to the Philippines so we can learn together, who we are and where we came from. My wife and I have always talked about adopting from the Philippines too. It would be an honor to go and learn, first hand, what it is like there. I know the area I was born in is a poor area. How did I get so lucky? I am so blessed that I’ve had the opportunities that many in the Philippines are not able to experience. Not only do I want to learn and discover who I am or where I came from but I want to say thank you to the hospital, orphanage, or someone over there for dedicating their time and services for making sure I found a home. Maybe I can taste Filipino food for the first time. Maybe I can learn more about my heritage. Maybe I could find my birth parents. Maybe I can say thank you. This @Ancestry #DNAGetawayContest isn’t a dream trip. It’s my life rediscovered. #findinghome

I was adopted from the Philippines when I was 18 months old. My earliest memory was the flight to America and my adoptive parents looking back at me as I fell asleep in a blue car seat. 
Seven years ago I began searching for my birth parents because I came across documents of my birth when cleaning out my mom’s house. All I know are the  names of my birth parents, the hospital I was born at, and the orphanage I was taken to.
Tireless nights of online searching turned up nothing. Life was passing by. I got married and just last year my son was born. He, as of now, is the only blood relative I know of. I want to take him to the Philippines so we can learn together, who we are and where we came from. My wife and I have always talked about adopting from the Philippines too. It would be an honor to go and learn, first hand, what it is like there. I know the area I was born in is a poor area. How did I get so lucky? I am so blessed that I’ve had the opportunities that many in the Philippines are not able to experience. 
Not only do I want to learn and discover who I am or where I came from but I want to say thank you to the hospital, orphanage, or someone over there for dedicating their time and services for making sure I found a home. 
Maybe I can taste Filipino food for the first time. Maybe I can learn more about my heritage. Maybe I could find my birth parents. Maybe I can say thank you. 
This @Ancestry #DNAGetawayContest isn’t a dream trip. It’s my life rediscovered. 
#findinghome
26 3 13 months ago

My dna profile from ancestry.com So cool to find out where I came from!! Now trying to trace my roots back as far as I can😊 #ancestry #ancestrydna #family #familytree #familyroots #DNAGetawayContest @ancestry Hi, I am entering because I would LOVE the chance to go to Ukraine where my paternal grandma came from. I've had a membership for a few years and have been putting together my son's family tree. It's challenging, but fun at the same time😊 I can literally spend hours going down the ancestry rabbit hole, but I love it😂 Thanks for the chance💜

My dna profile from ancestry.com So cool to find out where I came from!! Now trying to trace my roots back as far as I can😊 #ancestry #ancestrydna #family #familytree #familyroots

#DNAGetawayContest

@ancestry

Hi, I am entering because I would LOVE the chance to go to Ukraine where my paternal grandma came from. I've had a membership for a few years and have been putting together my son's family tree. It's challenging, but fun at the same time😊 I can literally spend hours going down the ancestry rabbit hole, but I love it😂 Thanks for the chance💜
22 6 15 months ago