Thursday, March 22, 2012

How Irish Are We?

The Cushings and Donnellys came from Ireland, but how Irish are we?  For the benefit of those who are first cousins - and you are many - we only share half our lineage, so pick your half.  Dad (and all his brothers and sisters) is 1/4 Irish, 1/2 English (or sometimes I say "old American", since they've been on this continent for many generations, since before there was a United States, and there may be a small mix of other nationalities, including Native American), and 1/4 Welsh.  Mom (and brother and sisters) is 7/8 Irish and 1/8 French.  You first cousins will have to add one of these (your side of the family) to the mix from your other parent and divide by 2 to get your own mix.  For me and my sibs that comes out to 9/16 Irish, 1/4 English, 1/8 Welsh and 1/16 French.


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  2. As I start to look at DNA tests, where origins are reported as percentages, a conversion is useful. My sibs and I are 56% Irish, 25% "old American" (this last probably mostly English), 13% Welsh and 6% French.