My DNA Story


Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VII who ruled as the Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 is my 17th great-aunt on my mother’s side. Anne was born in Kent, England on May 5, 1507. She married King Henry VIII in secret November 14, 1532, but the two were formally married on January 25, 1533. Anne was found guilty of treason on May 15, 1536 and was beheaded May 19, 1536 at the age of 29.


My 2nd great-grandfather on my mother’s side, William Herman Mattsson Brunell, was born on May 13, 1882 in Finland. At the age of 19, William boarded the ship Furnessia and immigrated to America on On September 22, 1901. On August 10, 1910 he married Hannah Nylund. He passed away on died on January 15, 1953 in Wasau, Wisconsin at the age of 71.


My 3rd great-grandfather on my father’s side, Bernhard Steinmaier, was born in Württemberg, Germany on March 8, 1828. He immigrated to America in March 1854 when he was 26 years old. He passed away on August 3, 1898 in Holgate Ohio at the age of 70.


My 6th great-grandfather on my mother’s side, Henry Mcgloughlin was born in 1780 in Londonberry, Ireland. When he was only 16 years, he immigrated to America in 1796. He passed away June 1849 in West Virginia.


My 2nd great-grandmother on my mother’s side, Hannah Nikalsdotter Naars Nylund was born in 1889 in Sweden. When she was 19 years old, on December 24, 1908, she boarded the ship Adriatic to immigrate to America. On August 10, 1910 she married my 2nd great-grandfather, William Brunell. She passed away February 2, 1946 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin at the age of 38.


I am Washington State University- Vancouver student majoring in Digital Technology & Culture. For this assignment, I chose to create a narrative of my DNA story based on information from my DNA analysis through ancestry.com. Each graph displays the percentage of each region that my DNA originated from. To make things even more interesting, I did some research and chose one ancestor from each region to highlight. Most of the relatives I chose were the first from that region to immigrate to the United States. All illustrations were created by me using Adobe Illustrator and this website utilizes skrollr Javascript. This is the third website I've hand-coded and my first time using skrollr. To find out how YOU can discover your DNA story, go to Ancestry.com for more information!

Courtney Packard