I am a family history geek. I also happen to be a genetics geek too, and if I hadn’t chosen a career in museums, I would have been seriously tempted by science(Dr. V is a scientist!) So when Ancestry.com offered me a free DNA test as part of a Beta test of their AncestryDNA program, I went for it. My family tree has a lot of detail, but still there are stories. Great great grandfather Levi from Old Town, ME “was an Indian.” So I wanted to know, did this genealogical morsel have any truth? We’ve been watching Henry Louis Gates Jr. disillusion guest after guest on his programs about their supposed Native American ancestry using this type of test. After I took the test, I’m among those formerly known as Native American. Much of my family arrived in the American colonies in the 17th century – I assumed that they were primarily from the British Isles. So count me surprised when I found myself to be equally Scandinavian. I knew my ancestors linked me to the Swedish settlers at the short lived Fort Christina, a 17th century settlement in Delaware. And while I knew my ancestry included a few Germans, where do the Eastern Europeans factor in? As you’ll see, there are no markers to back up the Penobscot lineage. Do I feel like a new person? No – not at all. But science makes research like this possible.