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My Findmypast DNA Success Story

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Niall Cullen
17 January 2019

Eleanor never knew she had Scottish roots, until she took a Findmypast DNA test...

I've made so many exciting discoveries in the two years I've been researching my family tree. I took the Findmypast DNA test in the hope it would help me discover even more. For the most part, my results confirmed what I already knew. Aside from one notable exception: I'm 6.6% Scottish!

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Having recently moved to Scotland, it seemed a strange coincidence. Had I unwittingly returned to an ancestral homeland? I was intrigued to learn more and after some detective work exploring census returns, ordering certificates, and an exciting moment where I discovered my North Wales ancestors living in cottages named 'Lockerbie' and 'Dumfries' – I found my Scottish ancestors.

Eleanor's ancestors' (S)cottages in the 1939 Register

While researching, I kept worrying I was following the wrong line, but my DNA results kept me going.They proved I had Scottish ancestry and I was determined to find the ancestors responsible in Findmypast's records. It's been amazing sharing my findings with my relatives. There are even plans to celebrate Burns Night as a family this year!