DNA is totally fascinating, I was always sure that my genetic homeland is Mesopotamia, so I shelled out a few hundred (cost me $229 but was worth it) in January to have specific Y- and mtDNA tests done (saliva, cheek cells from a swab, hair, and paid extra for toe nail DNA sample) My results came back a heavy J1 y-DNA predominance with minor T and E3b substratums. On my Y-DNA minor T substratum report: "Very highly likely at 73.9% a mix of Akkadian, Iranian, Armenian, and Assyrian origin." Means my father's FATHER'S lineage. "While the most prevalent four lineages observed in the combined dataset were J1 (17.98%), R1b (12.81%), R1a (12.40%) and J2a1b (22.19%), predominately markers for Syriac were indicated." The remaining 35% was distributed between the subsets "Anatolian/Broadly Middle Eastern/Elazig Province/Hakkari Province".
On my mother's side, besides indicating very highly likely 48.7% Sicilian, the Sicilian mitochondrial mtDNA contribution (average number of pairwise nucleotide differences) was 4.04, indicating I have a North African admixture of about 5.5%, Coptic Egyptian of 4.4%, as well as Lebanese 3.8%, Cypriot 2.6% and sub Saharan African ancestry 0%.
The shocker (and really I was not shocked at all as I have always suspected this):
"NORTHWESTERN EUROPEAN: 0.6%
FRENCH & GERMAN 0.2%
BROADLY NORTHWESTERN EUROPEAN 0.4%
EASTERN EUROPEAN 0.0%
SOUTHEASTERN EUROPEAN 0.0%
BROADLY EUROPEAN 0.9%
BROADLY IBERIAN 2.2%
BROADLY BALKAN 0.2%
What a beautiful thing to scientifically know your paternal AND maternal genetic origins.