Tag: ancestry

Alyssa’s 23andMe Ancestry Story

This is a guest post from a 23andMe customer, who took a journey to learn about her ancestry. By Alyssa Gradstein I took the 23andMe DNA test to find out who I was. I was adopted and ethnically mixed. I can’t count the number of times in my 30 years I’ve been asked: “What are you?” It stung ...

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We Got the Music in You

Maybe you always knew you had music in your heart, but 23andMe shows it’s in your genes too. Our new lab, developed by 23andMe’s  Mark Ackerley, gives customers the opportunity to create a unique melody from their DNA. Mark, a composer trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, developed an ...

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Finding Family Redux

We’ve written about Neil Schwartzman and Jolie Pearl, brother and sister who found one another through 23andMe, but we never tire of their story. CBS This Morning aired a piece about DNA testing featuring the pair and how Neil, who was adopted a few days after he was born, found not just his sister, but his ...

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Independence DNA

Editor's note: When we first ran this post it garnered a lot of interest from our customers, so we decided that for July 4th we'd run it again. Through the magic of the Internet you can now examine the yellowing letters of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin’s first ideas for a colonial confederation in ...

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Dancing with 23andMe

The dance is sort of a gnome-like jig — all knees and elbows and no hint of cool — but where Matt Harding gets you is in his pure unabashed release of happiness. As you watch, a smile creeps across your face. You can’t help yourself. For almost a decade, Matt has cobbled together the most unlikely of ...

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Distant Cousins

Editors note: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the name of Mrs. Obama's maternal great-great grandfather. The correct name is Henry Wells Shields. A story in Sunday’s New York Times about first lady Michelle Obama’s distant white relatives echoes some of what we’ve seen more and more of ...

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Happy Father’s Day!

Male 23andMe customers can learn more about their paternal line (the ancestry inferred from their Y-chromosome) here: Paternal Ancestry Not yet a customer? Visit our store or learn more. For National Men’s Health Week, and in the lead up to Father's Day, we had two posts on health issues specific ...

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23andMe at the Genealogy Jamboree

With assorted schwag in hand, our team of elite 23andMers headed to Burbank last weekend to pass out a few free kits, some t-shirts and mingle with some of the most committed genealogists on the planet. Mike Macpherson ready to answer a few ancestry questions. This year’s Southern California Genealogy ...

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A Sneak Peek at 23andMe’s New Ancestry Features

Over the next three days, a crack team from 23andMe will be at the annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, to inject even more fun into the event while also offering tips on using genetics in genealogical searches. Most exciting for us is that the team is offering a sneak peek ...

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Make That Three Degrees of Separation

Check out this post to see an illustration of the three degrees of separation between guests on Finding Your Roots. When we learn about our ancestors, who they were and where they came from, the discoveries become part of how we define ourselves and how we understand ourselves to be unique. The PBS series ...

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