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Finding your roots on PBS, the United States Who do you think you are using DNA

Baseball star Derek Jeter with German, English and British roots on his mother's side and African roots on the father.

If you live in the US so is not always a program that Who do you think you are to find their roots. It might come down to 1600 century and then it stops. But the US is also the program Finding your roots on PBS.

What then is the big difference in the programs? Both have celebrities in their programs such as baseball star Derek Jeter or writer Stephen King, but they complement traditional genealogy DNA-testing to ensure the celebrity roots.

The series uses traditional genealogical research and genetics to find the family history of Famous Americans. Genetic Techniques include Y-chromosome DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and Autosomal DNA Analyses to infer Both ancient and recent genetic relationships. The series investigates the family history of guests with African American, Asian, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Latin American heritage. Source: Finding Roots your Wikipedia.

Considering all the xenophobia that is increasingly emerging in our country, it would have been interesting to be able to show our Swedish celebrity long distance legacy.


African Americans seeking their African heritage through DNA and find the African tribes they come from:


Party leaders ancestors: Stefan Löfven

Sure, they like each other - Stefan Löfven and Christer Sjögren

I'm very interested to see television programs about genealogy. It appears one celebrity after another, and you get to know them in a completely new and exciting way.

To my great joy I see in Aftonbladet that genealogists have looked at our new Prime Minister Stefan Löfvens ancestors and concluded that he is a relative of interesting people.

"According to genealogist Roland Svensson, 70, from Hagfors, the stableboy Per 'place-Pelle "PerssonWho lived during the early 1700's the one that binds Löfven together with artists Christer Sjögren, Stefan Borsch, Monica Zetterlund, Jimmy Jansson and the legendary American astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

"Good genes"

- They all come from the same family line through the 'place-Bob "who obviously had good genes. I do not understand that no one has written about Löfvens ancestry. They are very interesting. The kinship with Sjögren's also fun because they are considered as equal, says Roland Svensson. "

If I had a wish, I would like someone to TV channel made television programs on party leaders ancestors, all those whose parties are in parliament, county councils and municipalities. It needed to be dug down to 1500-1600 century so that you can see some immigrants and all that.

If they also take those where DNA tests on both the mother's and father's side, just as Gunnel done, well then they can look even further back in time. Because then you will see that there are a lot of immigrant ancestors. The classic's the British Isles and Eastern Europe and Russia. But Central and Southern Europe is of course understood among our ancestors.

Approximately 30 percent of the population were immigrants in the Viking Age, and it might come as a shock to those who want to glorify the Vikings. In Sweden it is only the Sami who count as indigenous people, and even they have immigrated here at one time.

Sweden is a country made up of descendants of immigrants from different backgrounds and customs, the only question is when our ancestors immigrated here. They came here for different reasons, but mostly it was because of war, misery, financial difficulties and other unmarked units. The same reason that made about 25 percent of Sweden's population moved to America.

You can step over me first

Per HerreyThose who read my novel, "Debt price," know that there are historical threads back to World War II. If individuals who fought for Nazi Germany, including some who felt remorse and guilt over having made a choice that was not what they had thought. That in fiction is a true reflection of my own family around just maybe this was not something that was expected.

Last summer released a book with a very unique history in the United States. The book, Surviving Hitler, has quickly become an acclaimed "bestseller" - a success beyond expectations. The real story is written by my children's grandmother's parents and consolidated in a very nice way of their son, Hakan Palm. Håkan has also added elements that add further dimensions of history.

Surviving_Hitler-199x300My wife's grandmother, Agnes, ended up as a Hungarian Jew in Auschwitz, where her parents were immediately sent to the gas chambers. Her future husband, Gustav, was also "recruited" from Norway to the Waffen-SS and fought against the Russians at the front in the Baltics. Both miraculously survived the horrors of war. Agnes, came to Sweden with the Folke Bernadotte white buses. Gustav, which had a Swedish father, lax prison sentence in Norway and was sent to Sweden. Like two lonely souls they met and found love. Today, 75 years later their descendants a big family with over 100 individuals. The family's family crest "victory through love" reflects their lives and their history. Anyone who wants to read a fascinating and very unique story is recommended to order it on I can promise that reality surpasses fiction.

I find it hard to imagine a more current story in these times when it seems that humanity is about to forget what never got overlooked - namely, the horrors of the division of people by race and origin. When the Nazis marching in the streets again and Hungarian politicians start talking about the registration of Jews wonder where we are headed. Since my kids grandmother is Jewish, they are under jew tradition that regarded as Jews. Blood-wise, however, they are a mix of everything from northern Saami blood to the Walloon genes. The mere thought that someone would get the idea that they would not be "housebroken" and will subject them to harassment because of their origin, how macabre than one might think it would, of course, is scary. But would anyone get such a crazy impulse, they step over me first.

Norra Västerbotten, a local newspaper to keep up with progress.

NorthFun to a small newspaper that Norran now have written a full spread of DNA genealogy. Bo-Göran belong to haplogroup R1b, same as I mao, so somewhere far back in time, we are family! From Skelleftea will include a Per Olof Enqvist and Sara Lidman so presumably Bo-Göran more closely related to them than to me.

Topsa forward origin

Maybe there is an unsolved mystery in the family tree gnawing, "father unknown", "born out of wedlock 'or burnt church records, sometimes there are simply limits to how far you can get by browsing the paper and online. But the mystery may be solved - with DNA.

- Technology has moved so far forward that tests a few years ago was really expensive ones are not anymore. Now anyone can afford to make them, explains Bo-Göran Persson from Skelleftea involved in genealogy.

It's pretty simple, you rub a swab or a small brush on the inside of the cheeks, send it to the lab in the United States and wait a month, then pop your results on a website. There are three types of DNA tests available, one goes about ten generations back, and two of them can trace your origins back thousands of years, one of my mother's side and one on father. Bo-Göran has done all three.

- I have been doing genealogy for about 20 years and one becomes never done, there's always more to see, more to look at.

One should not believe that DNA is a shortcut or some form of "the lates way to genealogy." You may not get a complete family tree, but it is usually used as a complement to more traditional genealogy.

- You have to have something to link it to. DNA is a way to safety check their paper research. There can be uncertainty, such as unknown fathers, or if the priest noted errors in the parish register. But DNA never lies.

This means that it may require a little more detective work to fill in any holes, the name of such an unknown father pops's not automatically because you have done a test, unless you have been so lucky that more people did the same test and You can be connected together. But it can be a start. Bo-Göran explains that when, for example, look at the Y-DNA, which is inherited from father to son, so you get to know which group you belong to, called a haplogroup.

- And everyone in the group has a common ancestor, so I know that my great-great-grandfather must also have belonged to the haplogroup. And if you managed to zero in on a suspect's father, you might try to persuade any descendant of that person to do the same test. And if you have the same Y-DNA is a high likelihood that it circled the right person.

Bo-Göran checked their DNA back much further than a few generations, and he displays a map of how the group he belongs to taking over the world. The first point begins in East Asia, for 30 000 years ago.

- Then you can see how my Y-DNA has wandered through Europe. The haplogroup I belong, R1B, is very common in Europe today. But it has not occurred here but came here after the ice age.

The map shows the squiggly way up to Scandinavia, with stops in different eras.

- Most likely I belong to a group who then lived in northern Spain and France around 2 000 years before Christ. Then one of them moved up to the British Isles. When I make my Y-DNA test, I get very many family gatherings in Ireland and Scotland. Probably the fact is that about the year 850 after Christ, we have a common ancestor whose son and sons then made their way to the Nordic countries for generations. On 1600's we had taken us to Lövånger, where I have my oldest known relative.

Now he has ordered even deeper test of the Y chromosome to get further knowledge. That said, it will never be finished with genealogy.

- It's fascinating to get an unbroken father's line 30 000 years, or ever since we walked out of Africa. Otherwise I would not be sitting here. The DNA found in humans, there is in me too.

Norran 141001.Topsa front origin.

Who do you think you are - Thomas Ravelli

RavelliThomas Ravelli is one of six siblings - clean Mormon family words. No, Thomas is not a member of our church, but have an interest in their roots, especially as he has his roots in Austria. He parents came to Sweden 1952 when his father found work as a doctor in Sweden. Thomas began his career as a goalkeeper when the football team felt he was not good enough player. My only memory of Thomas Ravelli's when he set up for children with disabilities at the annual Lekens Day at Little Amundson several years ago. I thought that was nice!

There are at this writing is still chance to see Pernilla Wahlgren, Marie Richardson, Michael Wiehe, Eve Rydberg and Örjan Ramberg.

Part of 6 6. Soccer goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli has roots in Austria and Italien.Hans exciting journey takes us to relatives who fought in both the First and Second World War, and his great grandfather who wrote personal letters to dictators like Joseph Stalin. It becomes Ravellis most emotional match ever.

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