Category: Ancestry

Out Of The Ashes

The ashes of the Holocaust left very little for Peter Istvan Kovacs to sift through in his search for his ancestors. There were very few Hungarian Jews who survived the war and exterminations. Among those murdered was Peter’s great grandfather, beaten to death in 1941 for refusing to convert to ...

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DNA USA*

Editor's note 3/17: Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates wrote about Kasia's research and "hidden African ancestry" in the The Root. Check it out. Scientists have long used DNA to inform our understanding of big epochs of human change and migration. But what about the smaller changes, can DNA tell us ...

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A Secret No More

Libby is a geneticist for NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for the management and conservation of living marine resources. One of her responsibilities is to genotype endangered species of fish, tracking generations of families. That’s right, fish have families. They have pedigrees. The irony is, ...

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23andMe Helps Uncover Hidden Jewish Ancestry

When he was seven years old, Francisco Caravayo’s Puerto Rican grandmother told him a secret that he didn’t really grasp until decades later when he tested with 23andMe. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to finally have confirmation of my history,” Francisco said. When he tested with 23andMe, ...

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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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