Category: Ancestry

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 father’s ...

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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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Connecting Cousins

Stephanie Griffith-Jackson always believed her ancestry was diverse, but she never suspected her DNA would lead her to France. Interested in her African American ancestry and her family health history, Stephanie tested with 23andMe to learn more. The results surprised her. “I’ve always been a mutt, and ...

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23andMe Ancestry Basics

We got a great response from our Google Hangout earlier this month, which focused on some of 23andMe’s basic ancestry tools. During the presentation CeCe Moore, a genetic genealogist and 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, started with a quick overview of the science behind using DNA for ancestry before diving ...

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Who I Am

Although his family had always told him they were of Mexican and Puerto Rican ancestry, David Aguilar never thought that truly captured who he was. “I always felt that I didn’t really fit into that particular category,” said David, a former ballet dancer who now works as an acrobat. As a 7 year-old ...

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Parallel Lives

Kathy Fisher’s life journey has taken her far from home, but she’s never been far from family, even if she didn’t know it. In an uncanny coincidence, 23andMe connected Kathy with an unknown cousin whose path had crossed hers multiple times in her life – from South Africa, to Botswana, to ...

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Some 23andMe Stories About Moms

Alice found her biological mom after decades of searching, so did Cody and PJ. We’ve heard from many customers about how 23andMe helped them find their mothers, learn more about the mothers they never knew or simply see in their own DNA some of the things their mother passed on to them. Here are a few ...

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Searching For Her Roots

In her 30 years of searching Perline Porter had to chase down rumors, uncover lies and overcome false assumptions, but in the end she discovered the truth. “I finally know where I came from,” said Perline, a 58 year-old retired computer tech. “I found my biological father and family.” The searching — ...

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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 ...

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