Saturday, October 11, 2014

Something Else I Should Have Done A Long Time Ago


Today I took a DNA test to determine my ancestry (i.e., a break down of the races that make up me etc). For those of you who don't know I'm really into genealogy. I have traced my maternal side of the family tree back to 1823. If you're interested in learning more about that research go HERE.

I purchased the DNA test through ancestry.com because I've been using the site for years. I have even been contacted by a cousin who lives in Philly. She was looking for information on our great great great great grandfather who was listed on my family tree. This DNA test is supposed to tell me my ethnicity (or genetic makeup) and link me to other cousins from around the world (and hopefully Africa) who share the same DNA. 

I admit that I'm completely ignorant when it comes to science. It is a subject similar to math for me. I tend to get confused as hell. According to ancestry.com "AncestryDNA uses an autosomal DNA test that surveys a person’s entire genome at over 700,000 locations. It covers both the maternal and paternal sides of the family tree, so it covers all lineages..."

I assume this means they will be able to pinpoint exactly where my cousins from all over the world live.  According to their website, this is a broad DNA test that is better than the Y-DNA test which only reflects the direct father-to-son path in my family tree (I asked my dad to take this test...he agreed to do so), and the mtDNA test only reflects the direct mother-to-child path in my family tree (I'll probably order this test as well).

I am skeptical because the AncestryDNA test I ordered only goes back a few generations while the Y-DNA test and the mtDNA test go back ten of thousands of years (meaning they can trace my ancient DNA back to Africa and so forth). I suppose AncestryDNA can give me some insight into the genetic makeup of my ancestors who were enslaved. However, I'm also curious about my ancient DNA. So I will likely take the mtDNA test and my dad will take the Y-DNA test. 

Anyway, I'm very excited. I will share my DNA results on this blog when they arrive in 6-8 weeks.
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