Am I Polish or Lithuanian?
My great Granddad was born in Vilnius but apparently at the time it was considered Poland? I’m not sure, but would that mean I have Polish or Lithuanian DNA? Please no rude or sarcastic answers because I’m genuinely trying to educate myself here
- kristinLv 51 month ago
You are an American (or wherever you hold citizenship through birth or naturalization) with some Polish/Lithuanian ancestry.
- 1 month ago
Your DNA can be different because you have many ancestors, for example other seven great-grandparents. Without a DNA test you won't know. But if you are interested in your Great Granddad's identity, you should research what language he and his relatives used the most: Polish, Lithuanian, Yiddish, Russian etc? Vilnius is and has always been a multi ethnic city. What was his religion? Catholic? Eastern Orthodox Christian? Jewish? There are even rare, "exotic" combinations in/around Vilnius, just like Roman Catholic Belarusians, rural Karaite Jews, and Lithuanian speaker Muslim Volga Tatars. So you have a chance to find interesting stories and ancestry.
- MaxiLv 72 months ago
'You' are neither Polish or Lithuanian and the ONLY way to know who your ancestors were and where they came from is to research the records they generated during their lifetime...no DNA test will tell you that as they are sold to entertain and nothing more
- MarliLv 72 months ago
My grandparents were born in Ukraine in the 1880s, but neither they nor their parents were Ukrainian. I took the spit test for DNA and was told that my ancestors were North German - Netherlands. (which I already knew and I'm sure the Ancestry.com people knew from my surname.)
So the place one is born is not a clear indication of one's ancestral homeland.
I'd like to know whether some Scots who have taken a DNA test have similar DNA as mine. Some names are similar in both areas. Not quite the same due to centuries of accent changes affecting spellings.
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- ZirpLv 72 months ago
Nope. You don't have the nationality ("passport"), nor speak it as native language
DNA doesn't have a nationality, so there's no such thing as Polish DNA
- AmarettaLv 72 months ago
National borders are always changing. That's why a DNA test will show your ancestry coming from a region rather than a specific city. The people of Poland and Lithuania have similar characteristics because there was migration within that region over a sustained period of time. Your great-granddad was one of eight people contributing to your DNA, so the majority of your ancestry probably comes from somewhere else.
- Roger the MoleLv 72 months ago
You have whatever DNA your granddad had. DNA does not have a nationality attached to it.