So I sent away for a DNA kit with high hopes of finding even a "10th" cousin removed from or still living in Ireland. I had no luck. Most of my "cousins" were related to my father's side, Todd or Gilbert. In fact the very first match is my cousin Leslie who's father is my fathers' brother. As you can imagine I am very disappointed. I have to remember that we inherit 50% of each of our parents. They also received 50% of their parents DNA, and so on. You can imagine then how little of my mother's family DNA is in my DNA! The DNA test did show me geographically that I have Irish, English, European and New England ancestors. So I am still looking for Irish roots. That's okay I enjoy the hunt!
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