Over the past several months, I’ve had my eye on the Ancestry DNA test. I’ve never done a test like this, and my interest was definitely piqued! It also seems to me like these kind of tests have come way down in price over the years. (The test is currently offered at $99.)
Since I’ve sometimes shared deals on this test and highlighted it as an interesting gift option (and since I mentioned I was interested in the test anyhow!), I thought I would buy one myself and share a little bit more how it works.
I received my kit within about a week of ordering. This is something to consider if purchasing one as a gift! It comes all in a smallish-sized box.
Inside, you’ll find the DNA collection bag, a postage paid box to send it back in, and clear, easy-to-follow instructions. The most important part is to make sure you’ve activated your kit online. This will attach the result you get to your Ancestry account.
In case you’re wondering, the DNA is collected from your spit. It might be a bit gross, but it’s pretty easy to collect. You just spit in this small tube. (Sorry, I did not want to take photos of this process! I’m hoping you can understand!)
Then, send it back in the mail using the postage paid box. The hardest part at this point? Is the waiting! Ancestry does a good job of notifying you on the progress of your results. I got a notification when my kit was received, as well as when they started processing it. And finally a couple days ago? I received my results. The whole process took about 6 weeks from ordering. I purchased a second kit for a relative and they had the same exact timeframe (they also received their results the same day as me).
So, here are the results I received:
I knew that I was Scandinavian and Polish, so that part of the results confirmed what I already knew. However, there were a few surprised! I didn’t know I was Irish or had ancestors from the Iberian Peninsula (which is Spain & Portugal). While the confidence is rated as “low,” it appears there’s a small chance I might also have trace percentage of African (Senegal/Zambia) and West Asian (think Turkey, Iran, Armenia) in my lineage. This was definitely interesting and surprising as well!
Along with the percentage results, you can dig in a bit more to learn about the genetic communities that make up your ancestry. One of the communities it identified for me were Norwegians in a particular area of the country. It provided a history of the way they lived for the past couple hundred years and even showed how they immigrated to the United States. Check it out: they primarily came to Minnesota (where my grandfather was born!) and the Puget Sound (where the bulk of my relatives are).
Another one of my genetic communities was the early settlers of Appalachia. This was new news to me as well, and I enjoyed reading about this community.
This test has been a springboard in wanting me to learn more about my family. I called my parents right after receiving my results and my dad confirmed that his mom was Irish. (See, I must have missed some of this conversation growing up!) Since sharing the results, I’ve had other friends and family members also want to take the test.
Ancestry also offers services to help you build out your family tree, so you could definitely take things a step farther once you’ve completed your DNA test (or even apart from taking the test).
If you’re interested to learn more, or would like to purchase a kit yourself, it’s currently at its regular price of $99. Occasionally, we do see deals and offers – and I will report those. At this time, I’m unaware of any sale. However, I feel that the $99 is completely reasonable for what you’re getting in exchange and I wouldn’t – and didn’t – hesitate to pay it. Head to Ancestry to learn more.
If you’ve had the opportunity to do Ancestry’s test, I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories too! Were the results what you expected? Or where there some surprises?