Category: 23andMe Customer Stories

Steady On

Like all good photographers Alan Babbitt sees what’s invisible to most of us. With a steady hand and a willingness to go almost anywhere for a good shot, Alan spent decades turning his lens on people and places to create images he thought would draw the viewer in and tell a story. “I’d call it street ...

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Jess’s Story

Jessica has a black and white photo of her grandfather, Phil, standing next to her great grandfather, Sam. In the photo, both father and son are staring into the camera and smiling. Phil, in a white t-shirt with his hair slicked back, towers over his dad and has a pretty distinctive chin dimple and big ...

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I Found Them

In the fading black-and-white photo Diane Silberman Berger is about four years old and walking next to her mother along a sidewalk in downtown Spokane. Taken by a street photographer in the late 1930s, the picture shows Diane holding tightly to her mother’s hand as they talk. It’s one of the few reminders ...

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Not Everyone is Expected to Stay

A few weeks ago Vox did a piece about a 23andMe customer, who at 50 found his biological sister and his mother using the service. He’d been adopted. His sister never knew her mother had had a son that she put up for adoption. Their initial meeting was joyous, which we wrote about, but in the ensuing years ...

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All In The Family

By A.J. Jacobs I’d always wanted a big family. A few years ago, I got a huge one. After receiving my results back from 23andMe, I discovered I had more than a thousand genetic cousins in their database. This prompted the question: What could I do with all these new relatives? My answer: Maybe it’d be ...

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Sharing Her Story

Jayne Berry’s adoptive parents let her know she was special. As a child, her parents told her: “Most children are just given to their parents, but you were chosen to be our daughter.” Jayne felt lucky to have the parents she had, but because she never wanted to hurt them, she waited to ask more about ...

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It’s a Girl

When Kelli read the message, she froze thinking that her next move would likely change her life forever. It was a note from a fellow 23andMe customer, who’d been identified as a second cousin. She had sent Kelli a message asking to share family information. The cousin — who Kelli never knew before — ...

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An Extraordinary Turn

Jeremy Kuykendall grew up in Texas, went to college there and settled down. He has a good job, is happily married and has two daughters. His life is pretty normal. “I’m just a middle class family man,” said the 38 year-old IT worker. But the regular trajectory of Jeremy’s life took an extraordinary turn ...

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More Deserving

Even as a little girl, Rachel Kilgore wanted to know more about where her ancestors came from, what they looked like, and who they were. And as she grew, Rachel learned a lot about her family’s past. She learned about her father’s family and their roots in Scotland. But finding the details about her ...

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Genetic Nomad

There are few places as far removed from Manhattan than vast tundra and cold forests that make up the land of the Sami, but for Laura, a full-fledged New Yorker, there was no place she felt more connected. After venturing into the vast region that covers the artic north of four Scandinavian countries to ...

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