I didn't know whether I really wanted to do the health part, but now I'm glad I did. There were only a couple of big surprises -- I guess I didn't need to do a DNA test to know that I have a somewhat elevated risk of heart disease or Type 2 diabetes, but a couple of things caused me concern. I have to pay attention to my eyesight, because I'm at risk for macular degeneration, and it turns out I'm a carrier for one serious condition -- doesn't affect me, but I'll be talking to a couple of you about it. But it's good to know these things, so you can actually do something about them. I was worried about Alzheimer's, which you can't do anything about, but in fact I have a reduced risk for that -- yay! Guess that Grandma Sophie and Uncle Eric living to a ripe old age with all their faculties intact counts for something.
I've already gotten in touch with a couple of people that our genetics says we are absolutely related to, although in a distant way; I heard from a nice woman named Karen who says we are absolutely related to her and her two sons. I think, though, that I haven't gotten anywhere near enough in terms of finding our mutual ancestor -- it's probably some time in the 1600's, so I have to go back farther than I have. A couple of other people are possibilities -- again, 3rd+ cousins, not the 2nd cousins (from siblings of Great-grandpa William J. Ortman Sr.) I'm hoping to find.
And the countries of origin is a pretty big surprise. Where my first DNA test had a large part coming from the British Isles, this one is quite different:
So Romania!! Is it the land of Hotel Transylvania