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Meeting myself with the 23andMe Health & Ancestry Kit

I’ve never known much about where I come from, but I’ve always been interested.

My mother did genealogy research about 10 years ago, but that’s only half of me.

I don’t have a close relationship with my birth father, and my paternal grandmother passed away when I was young.

So I had no way of knowing what makes me, me.

Then I decided to order a DNA kit, so I could finally figure out what I’m made up of and where I come from.


I decided on 23andMe’s Health and Ancestry kit because it gives you over 80 reports on your:

  • Ancestry
  • Carrier status for certain diseases and illnesses
  • Genetic health risks
  • Traits
  • Wellness

I ordered this thinking it would be interesting to know if any diseases run in my family, and exactly what percentage of Filipino I am.

See, before I took this test I thought I was just Filipino and a small mixture of Caucasian (French and German).

So I was blown away when I got my results back.


How does it work?

I may be living under a rock, but when I thought about DNA tests, I thought they could only be done via blood sample. But that isn’t true!

When you order 23andMe, they send you a small box with a saliva vile, you spit in it, send the box back and that’s it! It was super easy.

This map shows everywhere my ancestors are from.

North Africa?

South Asia? (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh)

Middle Eastern?

I was blown away. But that’s not all!

The test then breaks down your ancestry by the time period and ancestor.

Looking at this timeline really got me emotional, because I had never thought I was all these things.

And, each of these lines represents one of my ancestors. A person who lived and passed on traits to their children, and children’s children, and their children’s children, who eventually led to me.

It’s incredible.


Now that I know what makes me me, I want to learn more. I want to start studying my genealogy and learn about my ancestors, who they were, where they came from, what they lived through.

I’m so intrigued and fascinated by this, and I can’t wait to dive deeper!

Want to find out what makes you YOU? These kits are on sale on Amazon!

   

Have you done a DNA kit or studied your genealogy? Tell me your stories, I’d love to hear! 🙂

 

*Note: This is not sponsored, I’m just really passionate about this and HAD to share! Some links may be affiliate links, because milk is $7 a gallon in Hawaii.

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8 Comments

  1. Love this perspective! I’ve got a DNA kit just sitting on the desk, waiting for me to take it. No big surprises forthcoming about most of my ancestry, but would be really interested to know the percentages!

  2. I’ve wanted to try this ever since my friend did it, but still haven’t ordered. I know it would be fasinating to know all the places my ancestors left their imprint. I think I will do sooner rather than later though.

  3. Awesome results! I hopw to try this kit someday. I’ve always been curious about my ancestry besides what I know about my most immediate family bloodlines.

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      It was such an eye-opener, and it’s really gotten me interested in learning more! I wish I had asked my grandparents more about their childhood and their parents when they were still here, but Ancestry.com will just have to do that hard work for me haha 😉

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