Category: Ancestry

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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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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Who Would Believe It?

If he hadn't known his story was true, Phil Silvers said even he would have been skeptical. “Who would believe it?” said Phil, a 72 year-old retired middle school social studies teacher in New York City. “If they put something like this in a television show no one would think something like this ...

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Can I Call You Son?

David was 17 when a few words change him forever. His mother and father were having a bad patch and his mom had had a little bit too much to drink when she let something slip. She told David he was her favorite child and then slipped in something that it was “because she wasn’t sure if I was my ...

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The Future of Genetic Genealogy

Earlier this month Joanna Mountain, 23andMe’s senior director of research, spoke during a panel discussion at the annual Genealogy Jamboree hosted by the Southern California Genealogical Society in Burbank. Starting in 2013, the four-day conference has included a day devoted to the use of genetic testing ...

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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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