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Thinking about tracking your ancestors heritage is both an exciting and intimidating experience. 

The biggest concern was if the results would confirm the information I had grown to know as the truth or flag up more questions?  

What is fascinating is the breakdown in results and the land my ancestors covered from their direction out of Africa.  

Sadly I cannot go into detail as the report has ‘wandered’ off and I need to contact the company to see if I can still have access. But what I do remember is that the Indian percentage was 33%, there was some Portuguese in there amongst other nationalities with English being the majority. Which was no surprise given my mum being half English and my birth being English too. 

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So what next? How can I find out more about more about the Indian element? Whilst it was fascinating to find out the information from the report it was equally frustrating to still be hitting a brick wall in terms of specifics. Where was my mum’s birth mother from? Which part of India? How can we find out more information without it being emotionally detrimental to my mum? 

Unpicking my identity was / is becoming more and more important.  

Research ~ Family Roots

Naively I assumed that I could just contact the adoption services to retrieve the files relating to my mums adoption and viola we would have access to her family heritage. 

How wrong was I?  

The year she was adopted determines the process in which she can have access to her records. Pre 1975 means that you have to undergo counselling for a number of sessions. 

The rationale is to support the person on unlocking their history whilst navigating the many emotions and possible trauma they may encounter along the process.

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This was a big conversation for my mum and I as it is her history and whilst I am very curious to know I need to respect her thoughts and feelings regarding this. Which were and still are very complex emotions and until she is ready to ‘open that can of worms’ it will be shelved until she is ready for that journey. 

For me, I was super curious and of course I still am. But I was at a cross roads. The only thing I could do at that time was think about my own pathway and how I could find out more about my heritage.  

Ancestry.com seemed the obvious answer but without vital information it is impossible to track anything.

What was left? DNA testing. There is a kit  where you can find out about your heritage via saliva analysis. Brilliant I thought, so off the sample went to the lab and I waited in anticipation for the results.