I recently had the exciting opportunity to review the Ancestry.com DNA Test and the Ancestry.com Website. I've always loved doing genealogy, I find it fascinating to find out where I came from, who my ancestors were and where they came from.
I've been doing family research since I was around 14 years old. That was before we had access to all that the internet offers. I spent hours searching through, what had to be, miles, of microfiche and microfilm and books, looking for a clue to see if I could find an ancestor in Rolls, Land records, court records, etc. It was a daunting task.
Now that we have the world at our fingertips with the internet, this task has become somewhat simpler, but can still be a little daunting. That is one of the reasons I love Ancestry.com. Going to their site you have access to:
- 11 BILLION historical records
- 44 million family trees
- 185 million user submitted photographs
- 30,000 databases
The test is extremely easy. All you have to do is spit in the test tube until it's filled to the line. Make sure not to eat or drink anything for 30 minutes prior to the test. Then seal the test tube and place it in the biohazard Specimen pouch and insert into the postage paid envelope and send it off.
Approximately 6 weeks later you will get a notice that your DNA results are in, via email. When you log into your Ancestry.com account, you will see this:
When you click 'Veiw Results" You will then see what your DNA tells:
I was already aware of my Scottish Irish and English ancestors, what took me by surprise was my Persian/Turkish/Caucasus ancestors! Where did THAT come from?? But taking into account that your DNA would include your heritage of thousands of years, it would make sense. So now I'm curious to see exactly where this came in at.
I then checked out my DNA matches. People that share my particular DNA and are likely related somehow. The first one shown could be a 2nd or 3rd cousin. They have posted a large family tree with 2328 people listed, so that would be an excellent one for me to look at and see who our possible common ancestor was. (Names and faces were blocked out to protect those people's privacy.)
This screen shows the people I've added to my own family tree for my birth family. I have a lot more names to add, and will be doing that here soon.
I love Ancestry.com, there is so much information right at your fingertips! It's exciting to find a new branch of the family tree and learn about where and WHO you descended from. The DNA test was extremely simple to do, results arrived very quickly, and are stored in the Ancestry.com database. Not only do they run your DNA with the newest testing methods available, as DNA becomes a more exact science, they will run more tests on your DNA to gain even more accurate information on your DNA and update your results. There may come a day when your Genealogical DNA can tell you exactly what town your ancestors were from, wouldn't that be awesome?!
Here is screen shot of information found on my Great Grandparents in the 1910 Census, this was 1 year prior to my Grandmother's birth.
Genealogy is fascinating. It's amazing what you may find about your family tree. As I've worked on mine through the years, I've found a lot of surprises. On my paternal side, the Cox side, I'm related to the last Comanche chief, Quannah Parker.
On the maternal side, the Douglas line, in recent history, my 3rd great grandfather married a Cherokee woman in North Carolina, he walked the trail of tears with her and when they got near the Missouri/Arkansas line, their first child was born, Jesse, who was later taken captive by the Union army at the Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas, and later traded for Union soldiers. They left the trail of tears in Arkansas and never went on to Oklahoma, as did several others of that particular group. And my Douglas line is from Scotland and were members of the Clan Douglas, one of the most powerful families in Scotland at one time.
So you can find out a lot of fun facts just looking for your ancestors.
Ancestry.com is very generously offering a FREE Ancestry DNA test, along with six full months of membership to work on your family tree!! This giveaway will begin on Monday March 18th at 12:01 am, eastern time and you can enter HERE.
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