In Review: Ancestry.com DNA Testing Service
Growing up I knew that I had numerous varieties of races coursing through my veins.
After spending a few of the past years constructing my family tree just by the words and stories of my relatives I came to a few road blocks, or should I say, faux-leaves on my family tree. Not even interested in what a spit test would tell me I ignored the offers they blister into your eyes while using Ancestry.com. I thought it was a really clever way to make more money, should the peek-a-boo records not intrigue you entirely enough to fork over the money for the full membership access (which I have used on and off).
After doing some research online, I have found that it might be worth a shot to try and figure out just where my ancestors come from using the DNA testing services offered by Ancestry.com. I paid online, waited for my test kit to come by mail (which came in a perfectly acceptable amount of time), and after a few days of nervously waiting to actually take the test, I finally decided to fill up the tube!
I then received a very pleasant email not too long after submitting the sample from Ancestry.com letting me know that they've received my sample and will analyzing it over the next 6-8 weeks and will receive an email when it's completed.
It only took about two weeks before I received an email notification that my results were in, updating me in the meantime! I took a look and was pleasantly surprised, mostly validated.
Firstly, I need to commend Ancestry.com on their stunning representation of the information they've analyzed and compiled. I would highly recommend their services. Although all results will vary in delivery times, I received this information in a very short period of time. It was certainly worth the money for me. I'll use my own results as an example to accompany explain.
Here are my results in percentages:
There are also some trace regions that range from 0%-5% in parts of Africa and Europe. Very interesting!
Along with a very clear representation of the regions with a world map and a pie chart, they also provide you with a packet great insights about each region present in your results. This can be printed or made into a PDF form for later reference. As you comb through the information, you can't help but get a sense of what kind of life might have been led by your ancestors.
Last, but certainly not least - another awesome feature the service provides is the opportunity to connect online with individuals on Ancestry.com that match your DNA profile. You can send out a message and possibly make a lasting and very interesting family connection! I had mostly been matched with 4th cousins with the sites strong confidence in actual relation. Very exciting!
I absolutely recommend using this service if you're deeply interested in knowing what your heritage is. There are other sites and products like this, but I can say with certainty that this specific DNA service is worth the price and time.