Category: Ancestry

Boy. South Carolina. 1963.

It wasn’t a wish, but on many of his birthdays, Lenny Scovel would take a minute and imagine the thoughts of a woman he’d never met. “I would wonder if my mother was out there somewhere thinking about me, perhaps saying, ‘Oh it’s my son’s birthday today,’” said Lenny, 52. Adopted as a baby, he never ...

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DNA Testing Helps Amnesiac

A Florida amnesiac has finally figured out his identity with a lot of help from strangers, genetic genealogist CeCe Moore and DNA testing. Benjaman Kyle, who was found beaten and semi-conscious behind a south Georgia Burger King 11 years ago, has spent the last several years in Jacksonville Florida, ...

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Another Extreme Genes Podcast

Scott Fisher, the host of the syndicated family history radio show and podcast Extreme Genes, talked earlier this month with 23andMe’s Senior Director of Research Joanna Mountain. For this episode, Fischer and Joanna spoke again about ancestry features focusing in on some of the more common questions from ...

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The Neanderthal in All of Us

(Editor's note: We're updating this post with a new video to explain a little bit more about what it means to have Neanderthal DNA.) By Josie Sayegh Yes you are thoroughly evolved, but don’t be too smug about it because almost all of us are a little Neanderthal, which you can see using 23andMe. Josie ...

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Hello Cousin

Scientists have unearthed a trove of bones in a South African cave belonging to a previously unidentified early human relative. Found in the “Rising Star Cave,” the new species has been dubbed homo naledi — naledi is the Sosetho word for star — and fills in more detail about the story of human ...

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Mending a Broken Heart

When he was 21, Gary Skillings tried to contact his mother through a nun at the Catholic orphanage from which he was adopted in the 1950s, but she didn’t want to see him. “That was kind of a heartbreaker,” Skilling told the Sun Journal newspaper in Maine. “But I honored her wish.” Although he longed ...

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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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