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Have you taken an ancestry DNA test like 23andMe or AncestryDNA?

Within the last couple of years, ancestry DNA tests have taken off. More and more people are taking them to find out about their family history and heritage. Have you taken one? The most popular are ones like 23andMe (note: If you’re thinking of buying 23andMe, it’s on sale for $100 off right now!) and AncestryDNA, but more and more are hitting the market.

They can be a great way to connect with long-lost relatives, or relatives you didn’t even know you had! Plus, it’s fun to see and read about your family’s background.

If you’ve taken one of the tests, tell us about your experience in the comments. Thanks!

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Bill Langton
13 days ago

While I have not used one of these services, my wife did a few years back and found her birth mother and extended family from 57 yrs prior. She knew she was adopted but had very limited information about her birth parents. Both her adoptive parents had passed years before and all of her attempts to find out more had come to dead ends. She now enjoys a wonderful relationship with her “Mom” (who is only 15 yrs older than she is), her half sisters, a full brother and dozens of extended family members! It really opened up a whole new world for her and answered many, many questions she had pondered her whole life…

jillie
25 days ago

Ancestry is one of the best places to find your biological parents and/or just looking to see where you come from. I had to do a DNA to make sure I was related to what the documents said were true. Sadly my biological parents are dead and so are my adopted parents. For those thinking about looking for your bio folks take heed. This journey can end in heart and disappointment and resentment. This includes shunning. Good luck if you do. Rejection is a bitter pill to swallow.

Bob M
26 days ago

While some of the commenter’s have had a good experience with the DNA testing. I have heard many who’s results didn’t show their correct lineage. Since I’m a person concerned about privacy. I won’t do the test. 60 minutes did a story on the DNA testing. They also said China is after everyone’s DNA and are slick at some ways trying to obtain.

Vanessa Simmons
27 days ago

If you are afraid of the selling of your information, give them false information! It is for your information/use only.

jillie
25 days ago

This is false. Ancestry keeps all information private. But from the fine print the government can use the information if they are looking for a wanton criminal. Trust you me. The way my life has gone? They do not want another me. For me I wish I never started the search. Rejection is a bitter pill to swallow.

Rick Jacobsen
27 days ago

Both my wife and I took one. Confirmed what I knew about my linage but surprised my wife on hers. Also because of the test I found (or I should say she found me) my daughter that was given up for adoption in 1969 by my girlfriend. We had planned on marriage but her parents whisked her off to have the baby and adopt it out. It took 50 years but thanks to the test my life is fuller.

jillie
25 days ago
Reply to  Rick Jacobsen

Happy for you. I found my bio father and he completely denied ever having a daughter. I am rejected on all sides of the spectrum. I guess love children are not wanted.

Richard Hughes
27 days ago

My wife bought kits from Ancestry. Mine is still sitting there, two years later. Maybe sometime.

My wife’s German mother did find out she was more British than German. That was a good laugh.

Last edited 27 days ago by Richard Hughes
Lindy Kolthoff
28 days ago

My biological father was an American soldier in Korea, mid 1950. My biological mother a Korean woman. She gave me up to an orphanage and said my father had gone back to America. I was adopted and brought to the USA in 1957. Never knew anything about my biological parents. Fast forward to 2020. Through Ancestry.com and 23andme I found out I have a half sister and brother. I’m so glad I did the tests!

Bill
28 days ago

It is beautiful technology. I feel privileged to be alive when such information can be obtained. I praise our creator for this info. And the many relatives it has shown my wife and I are related to.
We both have our genealogy done for great information. Also we both have An ancestrybydna, ancestry and the IHC Heredigene population study to aid in detecting disease using genes ( anyone can join the study no matter where they live in the USA and probably Canada). Such a valuable tool for the future. They will also let participants privately know if they have genes related to diseases they have data about. I also have had some HLA genes determined through my employment with a company. All this information both my wife and I gladly hand over to our children for their use and knowledge.

KellyR
28 days ago

I know all I want to know about me. Anything else is no one’s business. Sooner or later that gathered data will be sold to someone for some purpose or another. If it is in a computer it will be used for someone else’s profit. I do not want to know what I am going to die from. The worst would be some long lost relative finding me. We would not have anything in common but some gene? I know we landed in this country before it was a country and that is all I need to know. As a matter of fact, I think I should be accepted retroactively – being here before it was the USA – and therefore not have to pay taxes. Maybe I will try to get a law passed.

Bob P
28 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

You must really be old if you were here before it was a country, me I’m satisfied being an American natural born citizen.

Lindalee
27 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

Me too Bob P, me too!

Glenda Alexander
28 days ago

I have not had the tests and don’t plan to. One reason is that I doubt the accuracy of them. Recently I read about identical twins whose DNA results were very different. Wouldn’t it be logical for them to have had the same results? Maybe not 100% the same but it seems to me that they should be very close.

Del W
28 days ago

My father had our ancestry done professionally. I got the test just to see if it would be similar.It wasn’t. The professional search was documented.

cee
28 days ago

I have done both 23&Me and Ancestry.com I received a message through one of them from someone who was trying to gather family information about her father who was adopted and knew almost nothing of his birth parents. I could tell from the DNA results that he was related to my maternal side. I did some digging with that limited info and a few months later I could tell this person about ancestors back to the early 1500’s. It was very satisfying for me to be able to provide someone with knowledge about who/where they came from. If I were adopted I would want to know.

Marie
28 days ago
Reply to  cee

Cee – It’s great you were able to share that information! I’m adopted and found my full brother and, through him, my Hungarian birth mother via Ancestry.com. My birth father died decades ago but I feel so fortunate to have finally met my birth mother, who is 86. She told me the whole story of how she fled Hungary as a refugee and eventually settled in Canada. It was amazing seeing her original Hungarian documents and learning firsthand about the tough situations she faced that led to my birth and adoption in London 64 years ago. I’m sure that the information you shared meant a great deal to your maternal relative. Good for you!

cee
28 days ago
Reply to  Marie

I am so happy for you. Family is everything!

Jeff Craig
28 days ago

I’d be tempted, but my family has our lineage from Bibles and such going back to the early 1600’s in modern day Switzerland, France and Germany. Only bad news could come from any other use of this tech for me.

Neal Davis
28 days ago

As Popeye always said, ” I yam what I yam, and that’s all that I yam.” I am who I am and will remain so. Knowing anything about my ancestry that I don’t already know (i.e., parents and both sets of grandparenrs) is merely noise and entirely unnecessary.

Livan_Life
28 days ago

Yes took the 23&Me test as did my sisters and mom. Through this we found a first cousin. My mom’s brother had a daughter that no one knew about it because he died before she was born. She’s been a great addition to our family.

David Dougherty
28 days ago

Who guarantees that the reported results are real?  There is no way to verify whatever fantasy they report.  They may or may not be real results and they may or may not be a scam.  Question everything.

cee
28 days ago

Research the company you plan to use. Both 23&Me and Ancestry.com are reputable companies. But first and foremost you have to believe in science! If you don’t, you may view every company as a “scam”.

Gary F Broughton
28 days ago

Have a family history back into England.

Ron T.
28 days ago

Don’t see a need to as all my heritage back at least 200+ years is German. Did recently find my first outlier born in Norway about 300 years ago so his contribution is quite diluted by now. For various reasons, Covid & recent surgery included, I’m spending a lot of time on my genealogy research which I started over 30 years ago and then picked up last year. I have the educational bckground & experience for this so I’m having fun while I can.

TIM MCRAE
28 days ago

I am me. Does it matter who is in my past?

The total invasion of privacy is the problem. One person in your close family does the test and suddenly your familial links are in huge databases. I am not me anymore…

TIM MCRAE
28 days ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

I really would like to know some things but not enough to be databased!

Am I really 3rd generation from a WW1 german prince?

Are my grandkids eligible for native american college grants?

Etc

Marty
28 days ago

I was raised knowing that my paternal grandfather came from Canada and he was a French Canadian. My paternal grandmother was also French Canadian. My maternal grandparents emigrated from Canada were 100% Irish stock by way of their parents. We have records back to the late 1700’s on both sides. So when we had our DNA tests done by both 23andMe and Ancestry.com it showed only one surprise that confirmed a family myth, we do have Native American genes. Our guess is it’s from my paternal grandmother who’s maiden name is found in records back to the early 1600’s in Canada.