My Italian Roots
My grandmother was born in the East Harlem section of New York City in 1905, but by the time she was two years old my great grand parents decided to go back to Italy. My father had told me that my great grandfather was sellling fruits on the city street corner. I was alway curious into why my great grandparents left America, considering this was the land of opportunity, especially how bad the conditions were in Italy during the early 20th century. Furthermore, I was alway curious into the history of the island of Sicily. That is where my family comes from, so I decided to do a DNA test from 23andme. Sicily has over 3,000 years of history, and during that time there were plenty of diverse ethnic groups of people invading the island. Essentially, Sicily was perhaps the first place in Europe to have a “melting pot” of people that is similiar to New York City. Upon receiving my DNA results from 23andme and discussing my results to geneticists, it appears that my direct paternal line has been in Sicily for well over 2,000 years. I am completely amazed and also excited in the advancements in genetic geneaology. There is a possibility that I might be a descendant of an ancient culture, such as the Romans, Greeks, or Phoenicians.