We Know What Country You Are From; Now You Know Where (Our Ancestors) Are From!

Are you sick of your immigration attorney always asking you what your ethnicity is? Do you ever wish you could turn the tables and ask them? Well now you can! The staff of Sumner Immigration Law recently completed AncestryDNA kits to provide results on their ethnicities and discover where their ancestors originated. This was part of our treat for surviving the 2016 H-1B season. Read below for their exciting discoveries!

Nikita Hernandez: 85% European + 7% America + 6% Africa + 2% Asia

Growing up, Nikita was always told that she was primarily Puerto Rican (50%) on her father’s side and equal parts Irish (~16%), French (~16%), and German (~16%), on her mother’s side. She always referred to herself as an uninteresting “mutt” since her ethnicity according to her family seemed very tame. Having no expectations of discovering any exotic ethnicities going in to the DNA test, Nikita’s results turned out to be more surprising than she could have ever imagined.

Europe 85%

Great Britain

Primarily located in: England, Scotland, Wales

27%

Iberian Peninsula

Primarily located in: Spain, Portugal

20%

Italy/Greece

Primarily located in: Italy, Greece

16%

Europe West

Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein

10%

Scandinavia

Primarily located in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark

4%

Ireland

Primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, Scotland

3%

Europe East

Primarily located in: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia

3%

Finland/Northwest Russia

Primarily located in: Finland, Russia (northwest)

2%

America 7%

Native American

Primarily located in: North America, Central America, South America

7%

Africa 6%

Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers

Primarily located in: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Congo

2%

Senegal

Primarily located in: Senegal, the Gambia

2%

Nigeria

Nigeria

Primarily located in: Nigeria

<1%

Africa North

Primarily located in: Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria, Libya

<1%

Asia 1%

Asia Central

Primarily located in: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

1%

West Asia <1%

Middle East

Primarily located in: Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Lebanon, Israel

<1%

The most intriguing results for Nikita were the African South Central Hunter-Gatherers and Native American traces. How cool is that! Nikita never dreamed she could be such a fascinating mix of ethnicities. Growing up she always thought of her heritage as boring and bland, and now she knows how untrue that is!

The entire Sumner Immigration Law team agrees that Nikita has by far the most interesting ethnic heritage among us!

Margaret Rockwell: 94% European + 6% West Asia

Prior to taking the AncestryDNA test, Margaret thought she was a simple blend of Irish (35%), German (15%), Italian (25%), and Welsh (Great Britain, 25%). She knew her mother’s family was a mix of Italian and Welsh and her father’s family was mainly Irish with a bit of German somewhere along the line.

Europe 94%

Ireland

Primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, Scotland

36%

Great Britain

Primarily located in: England, Scotland, Wales

23%

Europe West

Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein

16%

Italy/Greece

Primarily located in: Italy, Greece

13%

Scandinavia

Primarily located in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark

2%

European Jewish

Primarily located in: Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Israel

2%

Europe East

Primarily located in: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia

2%

West Asia 6%

Middle East

Primarily located in: Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Lebanon, Israel

5%

Caucasus

Primarily located in: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey

<1%

Margaret greeted her AncestryDNA results with much enthusiasm. Perhaps this is why she was always drawn to traveling abroad. With Turkey, Italy, Norway, Iraq, and England on the list of places she has visited, she has been to most of the regions from which her ancestors came.

The most interesting discovery for her was the fact that 5% of her heritage is from the Middle East. Perhaps this comes from her ancestors in Sicily, as the tiny island had been colonized by so many civilizations before becoming part of Italy. Now Margaret feels excited and very pleased to know her heritage. She is definitely a product of the great American melting pot!

Emily Sumner: 99.5% European + .5% Sub-Saharan African and South Asian

Before receiving the DNA results, Emily knew her family was mostly Irish (75%) and French (25%), with maybe a touch of Native American. Emily has already delved into genealogy prior to the DNA test and was able to trace back her family history to historic Jamestown, Virginia in the 1600s! Her family’s research and her intuitions proved mostly correct. She was excited to discover a very little bit of African, Asian, and Native American. While her ancestors (European) were among the first undocumented foreign nationals to enter the U.S., she loves her career of helping foreign nationals enter and stay in the U.S. legally!

Europe 99.5%

British & Irish

Primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England

53%

Broadly Northwestern European

Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein

22.7%

French & German

Primarily located in: France, Germany

20.5%

Scandinavian

Primarily located in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark

2.3%

Finnish

Primarily located in: Finland

0.1%

Broadly European

1%

Sub-Saharan Africa 0.6%

South Asian 0.2%

East Asian & Native American <0.2%

No matter how far back our American roots go (or do not go), we celebrate and embrace our diversity and yours as well!

Recent blog posts

Mar
1
2021
Great news for those applying for naturalization to become a US citizen! USCIS will now continue to use the 2008 version of the civics test. In the last days of the Trump administration, USCIS announced that they would use a longer and harder version… Read More
Feb
6
2021
By Nikita Hernandez, Sumner Immigration Law Paralegal It’s official! You’ve become Mr. or Mrs. and want to take on your spouse’s name while getting your US permanent residence situated, but when is the best time to do that? APPLYING FOR A NAME… Read More
Feb
2
2021
One of the most common questions that we receive from our clients is about case processing time. The USCIS and DOL estimated case processing times are available online, but that source can be frustrating as they sometimes give a wide range of timefra… Read More

Read More Blog Posts

“We have been working with Emily since 2005, she has extensive knowledge on immigration and has always produced great results for our immigration filings. I would strongly recommend Emily Sumner for your immigration needs.”
– Gary G.
“Let me start by saying I’ve heard of people filing their own immigration paperwork with disastrous results. If you have an immigration matter pending, lawyer up. plain and simple. (You wouldn’t perform open heart surgery on yourself would…”
– Edgar

More Client Reviews