Category: Ancestry

Let’s Talk

The author Christine Kenneally — who wrote the wonderful book The Invisible History of the Human Race — graciously agreed to participate in a Twitter chat we are hosting on January 21st at 4pm EST. Her book had some delightful insights into how our DNA, our personal history and our environment shape us. ...

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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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History Written In Our DNA

In a new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, 23andMe population geneticist Kasia Bryc created a first-of-its-kind genetic portrait of the United States. The study offers a detailed look at how the ancestry make-up of self-identified African Americans, Latinos and European Americans ...

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Putting It Together

Liz Kellner loves puzzles, but piecing together the hardest one of her life required a little help from 23andMe. “This was the first time I was one of the pieces,” said the 48 year-old entrepreneurship specialist. Abandoned as an infant, Liz said her origins were always a mystery to her. She’d been ...

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Auschwitz Survivor Finding Family

We’ve heard some incredible stories from 23andMe’s customers, but Menachem Bodner’s brought us to the edge of our seats. A Holocaust survivor, Menachem has been searching for his twin brother, ever since the two were separated in Auschwitz when they both were only four. Although his search is not yet ...

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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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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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Tools For Genetic Genealogists

This past weekend, 23andMe’s Joanna Mountain and Christine Moschella, attended the 2014 Institute for Genetic Genealogy Conference at the National 4H Center just outside Washington, DC. The conference offered a great opportunity to connect again with genetic genealogists and learn from other experts in the ...

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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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