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:
- Carrier status for certain diseases and illnesses
- Genetic health risks
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.
South Asia? (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh)
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.
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.