Category: Ancestry

We’re Cousins!

In honor of both Easter and Passover, we want to share Debra's 23andMe story. A Christian, Debra didn’t just read the Bible, she began to immerse herself in the Torah, the first five books of Hebrew Scriptures that are also part of the Old Testament. In looking into her own family history she didn’t have ...

Read more

A Siblings Story From 23andMe

Anyone with a brother or sister doesn’t need a national holiday to remind them how special bonds between siblings can be, but in recognition of National Sibling Day we bring you another in a long list of stories of siblings who found each other through 23andMe. Tricia had a few details, but never enough to ...

Read more

23andMe Helps Brother And Sister Connect

Leslie grew up with a family secret — somewhere out there she had a big brother named Michael, her father’s illegitimate son from before he married her mother. As a child, Leslie made this mysterious brother her imaginary friend. And as she grew older, she became determined that one day, she would find ...

Read more

Lost Girls

In the best children’s stories the parents are done away with early on. Mom or dad — sometimes both of them — are dead and gone even before the opening “once upon a time.” It’s a plot device that helps the reader make an emotional connection with the characters. It also starts the arch of the ...

Read more

23andÉire

Thank your lucky clovers because almost everyone in the 23andMe database is connected to someone who is Irish, and plenty of others have at least a wee bit of Irish ancestry. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, 23andMe researchers looked at the aggregated and anonymous data of our customers to determine just ...

Read more

War Baby

In the early 1990s when he was on the cusp of turning 50, Paul Dodds didn’t have a midlife crisis, he had a midlife surprise. Paul learned that the man he thought was his father wasn’t. “It kind of made sense because although he was always there, he never bothered with me or my brother (he wasn’t his ...

Read more

Three Degrees of Separation At SXSW

For the tens of thousands of people at the South by Southwest conference in Austin this week, attending is about more than just seeing new music and hearing about new ideas, it’s about making new connections. But 23andMe researchers found that just about everybody there is already connected. In fact any ...

Read more

Out Of The Ashes

The ashes of the Holocaust left very little for Peter Istvan Kovacs to sift through in his search for his ancestors. There were very few Hungarian Jews who survived the war and exterminations. Among those murdered was Peter’s great grandfather, beaten to death in 1941 for refusing to convert to ...

Read more

DNA USA*

Editor's note 3/17: Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates wrote about Kasia's research and "hidden African ancestry" in the The Root. Check it out. Scientists have long used DNA to inform our understanding of big epochs of human change and migration. But what about the smaller changes, can DNA tell us ...

Read more

A Secret No More

Libby is a geneticist for NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for the management and conservation of living marine resources. One of her responsibilities is to genotype endangered species of fish, tracking generations of families. That’s right, fish have families. They have pedigrees. The irony is, ...

Read more

Return to top