For years now, basically since they first became a thing, I’ve wanted to get a DNA test, just to see what ethnicities I am.
For the most part I know what nationalities I am. Mom’s family came from England, Dad’s from the Ukraine area, but I thought it would be interesting to see none the less, and who knows, maybe there would be something cool and unexpected in my results. Turns out there was, but we will get to that later.
For Christmas my girlfriend got me the deluxe 23 and Me kit, which checks my ancestry DNA as well as any medical or physical characteristics that my DNA shows.
I was really excited to take the test, and sent the spit sample in as soon as I could.
Once you register your kit you get an account. I would check the account almost every day hoping to see any updates, or if my test had moved on to the next stage yet or not. I was like a little kid, waiting to open his Christmas present (literally).
When the results finally came in I was the happiest kid on the planet.
I read through all the results as fast as I could, trying to figure out what it all meant. Was I shorter than my DNA said I would be? Was I likely to get certain medical conditions as I got older?
In the end I was pretty boring. No super rare diseases, no chance of developing Late Onset Superpower-itis. Only thing I would likely get is some age related vision loss and potentially loss of hearing in one ear, which my parents and girlfriend would probably say I already have.
I guess I should be happy that my health results came back normal, I wouldn’t want some crazy disease or something, but I’m not gonna lie it would be kind of cool to be that one in a million that get’s some super crazy disease.
My ancestry report turned out to be pretty interesting though.
I figured I was Eastern European and British/Irish, since those were the areas that my parent’s ancestors ahd come from.
The interesting thing is that nobody in my family knew that there was some French/German, Greek/Balkan or Sub-Saharan African of any sort in their genes.
After doing a bit of research, I figured my dad’s family had the Greek/Balcan blood and my mom’s family had the French/German and likely the Sub-Saharan Africa.
I looked into each of genetic areas a bit further and the report gave some really interesting information. The report tells the likely time period your family member lived in each of these geographic regions, where your family migrated from thousands of years ago and where they migrated to, and a bunch of other things.
If you ever have the chance, I definitely recommend looking into one of the DNA tests, especially if you know you’re of mixed descent.
It’s a little bit pricey, especially if you get the double kit, but they have sales once in a while so if you’re on the lookout for a deal I’d say it’s worth it.
I am going to look into getting some of the other more popular DNA tests eventually, see if the results are any different, or if they show basically the same things.
I know they all have different things they look for, but I’ve done some research and it seems like the results overlap somewhat, but this is something I’d have to save up for because it is kinda pricey.
If you’ve had your DNA tests done, what was it that surprised you the most from the results? Let me know in the comments.