AncestryDNA Test & Results Review
You probably know about your grandparents, maybe even your great grandparents, but what about further on from that? Who are they? Where did they come from? Are you related to the Royal Family? These questions can now be easily answered, well some of those, thanks to the new DNA test available from Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com Inc, founded in 1983, is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world, and continues to develop & improve it’s services to it’s customers. I’d never really thought about my ancestors before, but when Ancestry got in touch, I jumped at the chance to find out more about my families history.
As you may have guessed, you need to supply a DNA sample to Ancestry for them to examine. The test kit is sent to you in the post, it contains everything you need for the test and also pre paid return packaging. The DNA test is through your saliva, so you need to spit into the provided bottle several times, to the designated line. Once that’s done, remove the funnel and snap on a blue solution. I’m unclear what this solution is but assume it retains your saliva’s integrity while in transit. Once this is done, give it a shake for 5 seconds to mix the solution in and then pop the sample into the pre paid postage box and post it.
You may be wondering, ‘how will they know it’s mine’, well written on the sample bottle is a unique code. You need to visit the Ancestry website, create an account and submit your unique code, this then links the two together. Once you have created the account and sent off the sample, they state a turn around time of 6-8 weeks, more during busy spells. Fortunately for us, we got the special treatment and the turn around was about 10 days. During the process, you will receive emails stating the progress of your submission.
I received the email saying my results were back, so I logged into to find out more about my past. As you can see from the screenshot below, I appear to be 78% Western European, including countries Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. The other percentages are also given, 11% Irish/Scottish/Welsh and 6% Scandinavia. There are various down arrows, which expand to show further in depth details on those results. Following on from the Ethnicity findings, it also places your history back to a location, in my case Southern England, where my family line have been since the 1800’s.
Moving on, you are also given a list of ‘family member’s, starting from parents, through to cousins and in my case, I apear to have 127th 4th-6th cousins, which means a lot of extra Christmas presents this year! This information is gathered from other DNA tests, where participants have given permission to be used in the Ancestry database. The results include details on names, locations and likelihood on if they are actually blood relatives. You can even contact these people if you so wish. This then leads onto developing your own family tree, which is another feature you can utilise. There is also a ‘DNA Circles’ option, but unfortunately I did not have any results/matches for that.
If you are interested in your past and want to know more, even to the point of reconnecting or meeting new family members for the first time, this is a great tool to do that. Just bare in mind of that 6-8 week turnaround, that is quite a wait! For further info and to purchase a test, visit the official Ancestry website.