Hi EsotericForest, when I go on some of the sites that post DNA results there are quite a few from Poland
, not as much as the USA, though. But, some people in Poland do
get the testing done.
I am a female, therefore I did the MtDNA test which only tests that special form of DNA that is passed down intact from mother to daughter without recombining. (I am mixed about 50% Slavic, and 50% Germanic according to written records and family knowledge). However, my maternal MtDNA line is historically as far as I know, all Polish.My results were U5
which is the oldest Haplogroup in Europe. It is the equivalent of saying an indigenous European tribe. It predates, Vikings, Slavs, and Celts. It is most common in the reindeer herding Sammi people. So way back about 40,000 to 60,000 years ago that would be the origins of my maternal line. Which leaves out all the other people in my lineage and only considers the mother's mother's mother's and so on.
Most MtDNA Haplogroups even though they are passed down intact from mother to daughter, eventually mutate and become a new Haplogroup. Mine was the first to arrive in Europe, and has not mutated. If it were any older, and it would be Neanderthal. There are older Haplogroups than mine, but they are not in Europe. All this was quite a surprise to me.
U5 was not what I expected because it is not the most common MtDNA group in Poland. It is most common in Finland, and northern Russia.
I have not had the autosomal test done, but might someday if I can afford to do it. I am thinking of asking my male cousin if he would be interested in having his Y-DNA tested. That paternal surname is Szmit or Schmidt. I have traced them living in Poland back to around 300 years ago, but they are Germanic. Most likely Dutch.
And I am thinking of asking my father's male cousin to do a Y-DNA test. That surname is Wycke or Witzke and it is a Germanic name with Slavic influence. They too lived in Poland. I'd be curious to see if that Y-DNA has the marker more common to Slavic people, or the marker more common to German people. Just because I am curious. I love history, genealogy and learning about the migrations of all the tribes in Europe.