I joined Ancestry to do my family tree and had my DNA done and it's opened up a whole new interest. Having been raised as 'Anglo Saxon' because I am English so one of 'them' it's surprised me to find out that actually like most people our Ancestry is far more diverse even in England...as is everyone's no matter what part of Britain or indeed Ireland we come from. Even more interesting was finding out that the North West is classed as part of 'Brythonic' Britain and has been part of several kingdoms over the centuries, North Rheged, Hen Ogledd, Northumbria and of course we have the Briganti and mysterious Setantii (West) people to ponder. So now I am playing 'catch up'. I am struggling to find information about specifically North West settlements, it's as if it either wasn't widely settled, it hasn't been properly explored or a lot of evidence has been destroyed. West Penines is of interest as well, one grandparents Ancestry was from there. However, there are interesting clues...just hard to come by? Only yesterday whilst finding out Morecambe was named so in the 19th century and means Mor Cym (sea valley) and that there is evidence of settlement there going back 12,000 years!!!!
I get a bit baffled by our 'Celtic' Ancestry because we spend a lot of time in Wales and there are stone circles everywhere...what happened to ours? Nicked for building material like much of Hadrian's wall and Roman Forts or did we not go in for stone circles much?
I have charts on the DNA of Britain and know in the North West we are related to the modern people in Northern France, North Western France, Belgium, West Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway (those are combined) and a sliver on the chart to Spain. This is clear evidence that most of our DNA is probably a mix of Iron Age and Bronze Age...if not a tiny bit of Stone Age in the mix as well as later Scandinavian and Saxon additions. It looks very similar to the North East and quite similar to Yorkshire. Now I have made that connection I want to find out more about the North West pre written History i.e from prior to Anglo Saxon records. If anyone knows of any good books or other resources can they please let me know?
I will be taking an interest in other things too.