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  • Paul D. Wilke

DNA Story II


A few weeks ago I published the results of the DNA test I did with Ancestry.com. What we were really curious about was the genetic ancestry of my wife, Kim, who was adopted right after her birth. Kim's original birth name was actually Maria Teresa Shapiro. What we've been told over the years from Kim's adopted father, Mike, was that the biological mother was of Finnish descent and with a last name of Wirta while the biological fathers's side was of Eastern European Jewish descent and with a last name of Shapiro. Or something like that.

Here are the results:

Well, not surprisingly, Mike was spot on with the science confirming the anecdotal evidence. The DNA results even identified a few likely first cousins. One even has the last name of Wirta.

Hmmm....that's very, very, intriguing.


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