When you travel the world it opens your eyes up to many different cultures. Being able to travel and see the world over the past few years got me to thinking… What am I?
We’ve all seen the commercials for Ancestry DNA. I have to admit, I’ve been curious for a while. Most of my friends have a pretty good understanding of their genetic makeup. Me, however, no clue. When I asked my mom, “do you know what we are?” “I have no idea” was her response.
Honestly, I’ve heard it all. I’ve had a few people speak to me in Russian, but now that I look back at it, maybe it was just random?
Cue Ancestry DNA.
Before I reveal my results, a quick poll for you, would you care to take a guess?
Having a general understanding of the different types ethnicities in the world, I had my guesses too, but I was at a general loss. What could I be?
It was black Friday weekend. Sales were to be had everywhere! I saw an online add for Ancestry DNA that had caught my eye. It normally is $99 + $9.95 shipping. However, they were having a Black Friday Sale for $69, score! I then go through Top Cash Back and it gave me another $15 back. $68.95 later, Ancestry DNA and I have a deal to test my DNA.
So far, so good. I continue on to my Black Friday shopping and await the kit to come in the mail!
A few days later, the mailman brings me this small box from Ancestry DNA.
This is it, the moment I’ve been waiting for! I’m about to be able to answer the question, “What am I?”
The kit is pretty easy. When you open it up, it has an instruction book and a tube for your spit.
Once you’ve given your sample, close the lid and shake it to mix it up.
Once you are done, simply drop it in the mail.
I was lucky enough to be passing through Salt Lake City, UT and there happen to be a mailbox right at the airport. I’m sure this helped get my package to them a bit faster.
A few days later I get an email saying they had received my sample.
Then about a week later, my sample hits the lab.
They also share some videos with you to understand what is happening as they sample your DNA.
Then, after one week in the lab, this email hits my phone:
So, here it is, the truth of who I am. What will the answer be? Will I be surprised?
After clicking the link it gives you all the info on who you are! They give some pretty detailed info on what it all means and how to understand it. This video is a good starting point:
My Ethnicity estimate
So, give it up already, what am I? Here is my results and breakdown:
Yup, that’s right, 90% Great Britain with a range of 72%-100%. I have to say WOW, I’m pretty shocked. Most people I know that have taken the test seem to have a bigger mix of “parts.”
The next biggest trace region was 4% Scandinavia.
They also have another cool feature which shows you some DNA matches and DNA Circles. I haven’t really dug into this part as I’m not that interested, however, it’s a nice feature to explore. Total time from ordering to final results was about one month.
So, how do I feel about all this? Great question. I’m still trying to process it. Not knowing anything about your ethnicity and then having it magically unlocked is a pretty mind blowing experience.
Does this mean that I’ll start loving fish and chips or start speaking with a very bad British accent? Probably not, but I’m very happy to have some more working knowledge about my DNA.
Long live the Queen!
Have you done the Ancestry DNA test? If so, what were your results and were you surprised?
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