Category: Ancestry

Haplogroups Explained

By Thomas Le Many 23andMe customers that contact Customer Care are confused by their haplogroup assignments and what they actually mean. But knowing your haplogroup, and how you can use it, can give you much more clarity about your own ancestry. So in the interest of helping you out, I’ll walk through ...

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The Way Way Back

Scott Fisher, the host of the nationally syndicated family history radio show Extreme Genes, spent his last show focused on 23andMe’s ancestry offerings, explaining a little bit about the science of DNA testing for genealogy from our very own population geneticist Kasia Byrc, PhD. Kasia has been pretty ...

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Searching With 23andMe

Several media stories in the last few months have highlighted the potential of 23andMe to help adoptees. One of the more touching pieces highlighted a woman’s 50-year search for the son she’d given up for adoption at 19. She was able to find him using 23andMe, only to lose him again to cancer. Another ...

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More Than Just Luck

The amazing CeCe Moore, a genetic genealogist and 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, has done it again, solving a family mystery and helping a woman connect with her biological mother for the first time. “DNA,” Moore told the Orange County Register, “was the only way to solve this.” The story, which appeared ...

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I’m Simone

While 23andMe can inform you about your ancestry, that information doesn’t define you, as has been so eloquently written about by Jesmyn Ward in the New Yorker, and by Simone Kitchens in her story that first appeared in Glamour. Both Jesmyn and Simone write about being multiracial and the difficulty of ...

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A Father’s Day Ode to the Y-Chromosome

By Cameron Kruse Around this time every year we turn our attention toward the patriarchs of our respective families and collectively ask: “What should we get dad for father’s day?” Today, I want to step back and ask just the opposite: “Genetically, what do we get from dad?” As a customer care ...

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Don’t Know Much About History?

High school teacher Thomas Holterman wanted to show his students that some of the human story and our own family history are written in our DNA if we choose to explore it. Holterman is one of four teachers who won an award for lesson plans they developed as part of the Genetics Learning Challenge, ...

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How I Met My Father

For decades, the mystery of his birth felt paralyzing to Jonathan Hay, a well-known hip-hop producer and Santa Monica-based PR maven. That all changed late last year after connecting for the first time with his biological parents, in part because of testing with 23andMe. His story was recently featured ...

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Goodnight Son

It was a cordial conversation, but as the phone call came to an end Mike Reed wasn’t sure how to sign off and then the man on the other end of the line did it for him. “’Goodnight son,’” the man said. “I was just floored,” said Mike. The man on the other end of the phone was Dennis Fay, Mike’s ...

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A Fantastical Story

If it’s true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, then Jimmy Cygler and Paul Leventhal are plenty tough. When both were infants, they were taken from their mother, Rebecca Kaufman, and raised worlds apart without knowing of the others’ existence. With the help of 23andMe, the brothers ...

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