Category: Ancestry

The Ties That Bind

Daniella had always pestered her father about details of their ancestry, but apart from a few bits and pieces he never gave her a clear picture of their family background. When he began his battle with terminal cancer, Daniella decided that it was time to learn more about their ancestry together using ...

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23and 3D

23andMe offers people the chance to explore their own DNA, but for Jason Gullickson that wasn’t enough. Jason wanted to touch his data. He wanted to hold it up to the light and turn it around. He wanted to make it tangible. A programmer who likes to make things, Jason is fascinated with what he can do ...

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This Is My Story

Not long before his grandmother died, DeSean Stokes sat with her as she shared stories of her life. One of 15 children brought up in the segregated south, his grandmother, Evelyn, was the first in her family to go to college — Alabama State University, Class of 1954. She became an elementary school ...

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Using 23andMe To Solve A Family Mystery

Jordan Carroll turned to 23andMe to help him solve a family mystery. Like many African Americans, Jordan Carroll was intrigued by the stories passed down through generations that spoke of a white ancestor in his family dating back four generations, a man on his mother’s side. But unlike many other African ...

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This Is About Me

Megan Runge has dark curly hair and the kind of smile that invites you in. Perfect for a curious college student with a summer job scooping gelato at the beach in Florida. It was that same openness and curiosity that drew her to 23andMe. An adoptee, Megan didn’t know anything about her biological ...

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Amy’s Story

Amy’s story begins: “Once upon a dime…” And then, as she says, “It just gets weirder.” Amy, a writer and director of a small library in an Alaskan fishing village, always knew she’d been adopted. That wasn’t news. But her birth story certainly was. Amy came into this world on November 16, 1964. Mr. ...

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23andMe Makes More Improvements to Ancestry Features

23andMe’s popular Ancestry Composition just got a little better. The feature estimates what percentage of your DNA comes from populations around the world, breaking down the Asian, African or European ancestry to give you insight into the geographic origins of your ancestors going back many ...

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23andMe Helps Man Find Family

He may have seen his mother once before, but PJ Holland can’t be sure. It’s a fleeting memory, one of his first. He would have been two or three at the time. He remembers watching two women crying and hugging each other near his room. He thinks one of the women was his mother. He remembers seeing the two ...

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An Unexpected Discovery

An adoptee, Cody Harden turned to 23andMe to search for medical information. Little did he know that in his search he’d find more than just data about his health, he found family. Cody, a 39-year-old software systems specialist, hadn’t tested with the intent of trying to find his biological family. It just ...

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It’s Complicated

Virginia Hughes, one of the writers we always try to keep up with, has a thoughtful piece about some of the unintended consequences of uncovering family secrets using DNA testing. As we’ve seen in many of the stories we’ve featured here about customers finding unknown family or uncovering family secrets ...

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