Category: Ancestry

Who I Am

Not everyone who tries 23andMe has the same sort of reaction to his or her results as Barbara Weir. “It’s mind boggling,” said the 87 year-old who lives in San Diego. “Next to marrying my husband and having my children it’s the most exciting thing in my life. It explains so much about me — who and what I ...

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Meant to Be

Selma Spieler wished she knew more about her father. She knew he came from Russia, was generous — regularly bringing food to neighbors and sending money to a cousin in Israel who was studying to be a doctor. And she knew her father worked hard, toiling at night in a bagel factory in Brooklyn after he ...

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Family Mystery Solved with 23andMe

We’re returning one more time to the story of Jessica and Alice, and how they used 23andMe to unravel a century old mystery. We first wrote about the story back in February 2015 and again a few weeks later, and we aren’t the only ones fascinated by it. Scott Fisher, the host of the syndicated family ...

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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

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. First, it’s worth learning a bit of background. Neanderthals are an extinct species of human who died out around 30,000 years ago, but not before leaving a ...

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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

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, we will walk through an example of ...

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