I have always wondered where I came from. I mean, I know what I have been told from family members, but only my father’s side seemed to be pretty clear. My mother knew a little bit, but not much. I was thrilled when I was contacted by GPS Origins to check out their services. They are different than just a list of what percentage you are per nationality – it is way cooler than that. They actually analyze markers from your DNA to identify when and where your DNA was formed by matching the populations that came together to create a genetic line that eventually leads to you.

I was surprised at how easy it was to order my kit – and then to complete it. It arrived within just a couple weeks. All I had to do was swipe the inside of my cheek with three swabs and send it back. Within about a month, I had an email letting me know that my results were ready. I could not wait to discover where I came from – and how I got there. I had thought my father’s side was as Greek as they come, but turns out that is not exactly correct. This is what I learned about BOTH my lines of DNA (from my mother and father’s side).

Movement from France to England
At some point after 224 AD your ancestors moved to England and once they reached there this is what they would have experienced:

The Roman Invasion
Between 43 AD and 410 AD, England was ruled by local leaders in a period known as Roman Britain. In the 1st century AD, England was invaded by the Romans who, having landed in Kent and defeated local tribal leaders, began to expand northwards. Although England became a Roman province, Roman expansion was frequently met with resistance and revolts from native rulers, such as the warrior-queen Boudicca. In the middle of the 4th century AD, Roman rule began to breakdown. People migrated from Italy and Ireland and the Netherlands to England due to the Romans conquest of England and subsequent settlement, the Gaelic invasions from Ireland in 300 AD and the arrival of Dutch Frisii tribes who settled in Kent.

Ancient ancestry in Serbia
Your ancestors came from Serbia prior to 224 AD, so let’s take a look at what was going on in Serbia up to this point:

Roman Serbia
Between 167 BC and 780 AD, Serbia was ruled by local leaders in a period known as Roman Serbia. The Romans arrived in 167 BC and gradually forced out the various Thracian, Dacian, Illyrian and Celtic tribes residing in Serbia. By 75 AD they controlled west and central Serbia and by 106 AD the whole country had been assimilated into the Roman Empire. Serbia was divided into five regions, the most expansive being Moesia and Pannonia. In the 4th century, the emperor allowed Goths to settle the region and in the 6th century Slavs began to arrive. People migrated from Greece, Italy, and Hungary and across Eastern Europe to Serbia due to the Roman conquest of Serbia and the subsequent arrival of Saxon miners from Hungary and Dacian and Slavic tribes. At the same time, populations moved from Serbia to places like Turkey and Armenia due to the resettlement of Slavs from the Balkans to Asia Minor by the Byzantine Empire.

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About GPS Origins
GPS Origins is a revolutionary ancestry DNA test that takes you deep into your family history. Traditionally, DNA ancestry tests provide a report of your ‘ethnicity’ and locate parts of your DNA in broad continental sweeps, but nothing specific, not even to the country level. The GPS Origins (Geographic Population Structure) ancestry test combines the latest genetic research with a new ancestral tracking technique to pinpoint more precisely where your DNA began. The GPS Origins test indicates the town or village where groups of your ancestors from different cultures met – building a vibrant picture of the migration journeys that formed your deep genealogical heritage.

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