The beginning of all things…what country did your ancestors originate from? What does your last name mean and where did it originate from? Do you have any Native American, Jewish or Asian DNA? These are the kind of questions that can be answered by 23andMe.
I discovered 23andMe several years ago on a PBS program called Faces of America. It did not take me long to order two kits, one for myself and one for my husband. When 23andMe was founded, the price of the personal genetic service was $1,000. When we purchased ours, the kits were $250 each, and now they have been able to reduce it to $99, making it a widely available information tool!
How it Works
It is more simple than you could ever imagine. You order your kit, wait just a couple of days for it to arrive, spit into a tube, seal it up and mail it back. The hardest part by far is waiting 6 weeks for the results.
You’ll receive an email from 23andMe letting you know that your results are ready and you are free to login and explore your health and ancestry reports.
What You Get
- Access to over 240 health reports. Most of these reports are based on your genetic disposition to certain diseases and disorders.
- Dozens of reports which predict certain physical and personality traits. based on your DNA.
Our DNA results predicted that my brother and I desired a higher intake of sweet foods, while my husband’s desired amount was typical.
- Health risk recommendation reports for diet, medicine recommendations, and inherited conditions.
- Ancestry composition which explains your deep roots and where your people came from. Tools can show countries by percentage.
- Access to a DNA relative search engine that could possibly connect you to thousands of distant cousins from all over the world. With over a quarter million members, 23andMe is the largest DNA-based ancestry service worldwide.
The red arrow is pointing out that 23andMe’s relative search found 996 people in their database that I potentially share a common ancestor with!
- Complete privacy! Your personal profile remains 100% private until YOU approve contact with a certain person. After that, you can choose to only share ancestry-related data and not health-related data.
Why I Tested My Brother
I had my brother tested a few months after me because the results of a female test are limited in terms of what ancestry information can be revealed on the paternal side. The paternal haplogroup is traced through the Y chromosome, which women do not inherit. In order to view my father’s ancestry, I ordered a test for my brother.
This is the distribution of our father’s ancestry, which is very heavily concentrated in Ireland, Wales, Germany and France.
Why I Tested My Uncle
When I received an offer to write a review about the service, I decided to use the kit on my mom’s brother. Since the ancestry portion of his test would be identical to my mom’s, through him I was able to learn more about my maternal side, especially my mother’s father, who passed away in 2002.
This is the distribution of my mother’s ancestry. The darkest parts are the most concentrated, showing the areas of Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Turkey and Syria. From this, my mother’s ancestors spread to Europe.
10 Things I Learned From My Tests
- I do not carry the breast cancer gene.
- I am a whopping 99.2% European. 14.3% of that is British and Irish.
- My DNA shows .2% African, and I have no idea why.
- I am .3% Native American, which is finally proof that all the stories told about my several-times-great-grandmother were true!
- I am descendant from a crazy Irish kidnapper.
- More research on my mom’s haplogroup shows that we are part of a unique group of Assyrians who migrated north to Scandinavia and later became Vikings.
- My brother and I are 47% similar in our DNA.
- I have a greater risk of developing Crohn’s than the average person.
- I have a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
- I have a ton of 4th-5th cousins who have roots in Homburg, Germany and Schwalmstadt, Germany.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. This post contains an affiliate link.
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