Genealogy: We participated in National Geographic’s Genographic Project 1.0 in July of 2012. At this time you could only test your mitochondrial DNA (mother’s line) or your Y-DNA (paternal line, available to men only). My Bulgarian husband chose to test his Y-DNA while I, obviously, did the mitochondrial option. My mom is suspiciously white, but we are otherwise your average Mexican-American family so I expected to get a Native American result. Like, looking up tribes of New Mexico ready. Planning a trip to visit the pueblo ready.
About 85-90% of Mexican-American women have Native American mitochondrial DNA, which means their maternal line was Native American at some point, regardless of their autosomal makeup. My father’s maternal line is A2d1a, a Native American lineage.
I was more than surprised to get a European result, particularly one that didn’t point to Spain. After further testing of my grandmother Dolores Romero, we learned that our mitochondrial DNA haplogroup is V7 which left a lot of questions. I attempt to answer them here, particularly under the tag “The Mystery of Sarah Jane Taylor.”
On to the immigration part of this blog, although immigration and genealogy are really the same stories, aren’t they?
Immigration: Ironically, if my Dear Husband and I stood side by side and asked people who they thought was the immigrant, it sure as hell wouldn’t be him. He has had an ongoing immigration case for the past 14 years and we are still waiting to hear the outcome.
For ease of reading, it is important to know that DH was brought here (well, Bulgaria to South Africa to Mexico to here) when he was 16 and has a pending immigration case (referred to as Case 1) because of this. I think it was about the third week of dating him when he told me, “I have something very important to tell you.” My mind went crazy thinking all kinds of things that he might have to say so when he told me about his status I felt relieved. I knew this was something we could get through together. Case 1 has being underway for a very long time and we knew it could go on forever. We didn’t want to live life on hold waiting for the end that might not happen, so we married and decided to truly live, no matter what happened and when.
This brings us to Case 2. Our new case is based on our marriage and is going quite slow. The government also wants some strange information such as a Bulgarian marriage certificate even though we were married here in the U.S.A. and I have never even been to Bulgaria! UPDATE June 2016 We went to Bulgaria for the visa interview and it was AMAZING! So great to see the sights and connect with my husband’s family. We are now back home in the US.
On top of this, it isn’t easy being brown in Arizona. Cheech and Chong tell it well:
“Mexican Americans don’t like to just get into gang fights,
they like flowers and music and white girls named Debbie too.
Mexican Americans are named Chata and Chella and Chima
and have a son-in-law named Jeff.
Mexican Americans don’t like to get up early in the morning
but they have to so they do it real slow.
Mexican Americans love education so they go to night school
and they take spanish and get a B.
Mexican Americans love their Nanas and their Nonos and their
Nenas and their Nenos…….. Nano Nano Nena Nono!
Mexican Americans don’t like to go to the movies where the
dude has to wear contact lenses to make his blue eyes brown
cause don’t it make my brown eyes blue…..
And that’s all I got, how do ya like it?”
You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIG UPDATE June 15, 2016
My husband successfully completed the visa interview process and has been granted lawful permanent residency! We have Regina Jeffries to thank. :)