After watching tv shows like NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are”, and TLC’s “Long Lost Family”, I have been curious about what story my own DNA has to tell.
I do know for certain that I am half German (my dad is from West Germany and I am a dual citizen of America and Germany) and I have some Italian, Irish, and English from my mom’s side.
However, with Germany being a relatively young country, I could be linked to a variety of other ethnicities.
Could I have Black Dutch gypsy genes from relatives that migrated into Germany? Could I have Spanish genes due to my green eyes, light colored hair, and ability to tan like a master muscle builder? Am I related to a noble Irish queen who everyone adored? Due to having the BRCA II breast cancer gene, could I have some Ashkenazi Jewish genes? The possibilities are open and endless.
So I finally decided to take the leap and I purchased a DNA test kit from Ancestry.com. I chose to go with the Ancestry kit because that is the one that I knew of best. But, there are a variety of other kits on the market like 23andMe, MyHeritage, Family Tree DNA, and Geno 20 to name a few. Prices for kits range from $19.99 up to $382.00 depending on what extras are offered- health DNA, paternity, traits, etc.
My kit arrived within a few days.
The kit included a plastic test-tube, DNA stabilizing liquid, sealed bag, return shipment box, and instructions.
After registering my kit on the Ancestry.com website, it was time to collect some spit.
The instructions didn’t say you had to brush your teeth, but being the over-thinking, paranoid person that I am, I did. My test would only contain clean genes. (Actually, I ate three Oreo cookies before hand, so I had to brush my teeth.)
The test-tube was marked with the amount of saliva needed, (a little less than 1/4 of a teaspoon, not including the bubbles) but it felt like I had to give a gallon. In addition to taking forever to fill the test tube, I started to get grossed out by my own saliva and bubbles. Finally, 15 minutes and a lot of gagging later, I made it to the line on the test-tube.
After collecting the amount of saliva needed and adding the DNA stabilizing fluid, I popped the test-tube into the plastic bag, sealed it up, put it into the postage paid box to be mailed off.
The great thing about Ancestry.com is that you can sign up for alerts that update you throughout the process of your sample. Within a few days I got an email letting me know my spit arrived safely and it is in processing.
Results from the DNA test take between 4-8 weeks and will be mailed out to me.
All in all, the process is simple and easy. I am excited to see what the results are and once I get them, I will post an update to my blog.
So until then, I will dream that I am a long lost descendant of a rich royal family that has been searching endlessly for me. I see wealth, castles, and COACH purses in my future!
Ohhh, how I wish. LOL.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the results!