Category: Ancestry

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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The Keeper Of Memory

Mike Lattimore felt a mix of anxiety and dread about visiting Africa, so fraught it was with the scars of slavery. But standing on the shores of what is known as the “Slave River” near the Cape Coast of Ghana, where men and women were once bathed before they were sold into slavery, Mike felt a sense of ...

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Connecting With The Past

Editor's note: Alice dropped us a line to update us on her story. "23andme has helped me AGAIN with my ongoing search! If you'll remember I'm adopted and found my bio mom via information I got from the 23andme test - but when I found my bio dad, it turns out HE was adopted too! Now I am on the trail of my ...

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Discovering More With 23andMe

23andMe results don’t just help you learn important information about your health, your results can also uncover information about yourself that you never knew, as Siaka, one of the actors who worked on our commercial learned. We wrote about 23andMe airing its first commercials, which featured actors that ...

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Strangers and Relations

The New Yorker recently described the artist Laurel Nakadate as an “unpredictable, sometimes infuriating young photographer.” Perhaps. But whatever description you use, the images she creates are singularly arresting. In her latest series of portraits — called “Strangers and Relations”  — she turned to ...

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Sisters Connect with 23andMe

Greta had given up on ever finding her mother. From her adoption papers she had a name, Carolyn Palmer, but decades of searching never got her any closer to finding the woman who gave birth to her, or any other blood relative for that matter. “My missing family history amounted to a million missing ...

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A Birthday Wish For A Supercentenarian

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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Mother Europe

The story of H is really the story of people in modern Europe. H refers to a maternal lineage — also known as a maternal haplogroup — that originated long ago in the Near East but expanded into Europe with the recession of the last Ice Age. H —with its dozens of subgroups — is the most prevalent haplogroup ...

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