Tag: genetic genealogy

The Other Side of the Story

Earlier this month, we wrote about Jess, who with the help of her 23andMe results discovered that 100 years ago her grandfather had been accidentally switched at birth with another baby boy and raised by Jewish immigrant parents while the baby he was switched with by an Irish Catholic family. The ...

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Jess’s Story

Jessica has a black and white photo of her grandfather, Phil, standing next to her great grandfather, Sam. In the photo, both father and son are staring into the camera and smiling. Phil, in a white t-shirt with his hair slicked back, towers over his dad and has a pretty distinctive chin dimple and big ...

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Let’s Talk

The author Christine Kenneally — who wrote the wonderful book The Invisible History of the Human Race — graciously agreed to participate in a Twitter chat we are hosting on January 21st at 4pm EST. Her book had some delightful insights into how our DNA, our personal history and our environment shape us. ...

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I Found Them

In the fading black-and-white photo Diane Silberman Berger is about four years old and walking next to her mother along a sidewalk in downtown Spokane. Taken by a street photographer in the late 1930s, the picture shows Diane holding tightly to her mother’s hand as they talk. It’s one of the few reminders ...

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Putting It Together

Liz Kellner loves puzzles, but piecing together the hardest one of her life required a little help from 23andMe. “This was the first time I was one of the pieces,” said the 48 year-old entrepreneurship specialist. Abandoned as an infant, Liz said her origins were always a mystery to her. She’d been ...

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Auschwitz Survivor Finding Family

We’ve heard some incredible stories from 23andMe’s customers, but Menachem Bodner’s brought us to the edge of our seats. A Holocaust survivor, Menachem has been searching for his twin brother, ever since the two were separated in Auschwitz when they both were only four. Although his search is not yet ...

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23andMe and MyHeritage Collaboration

This week 23andMe and MyHeritage announced a new collaboration that will give our customers more tools for learning about their family history and heritage. The effort will give 23andMe customers access to an improved family tree building experience, as well as MyHeritage’s library of more than 5.5 ...

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Invisible History

In her wonderful book, “The Invisible History of the Human Race,” writer and journalist Christine Kenneally conveys how your life is part of a thread of life that extends both backward and forward in time. “We live in a temporal envelope,” Kenneally writes. “For most of us the horizon extends forward maybe ...

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Sharing Her Story

Jayne Berry’s adoptive parents let her know she was special. As a child, her parents told her: “Most children are just given to their parents, but you were chosen to be our daughter.” Jayne felt lucky to have the parents she had, but because she never wanted to hurt them, she waited to ask more about ...

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It’s a Girl

When Kelli read the message, she froze thinking that her next move would likely change her life forever. It was a note from a fellow 23andMe customer, who’d been identified as a second cousin. She had sent Kelli a message asking to share family information. The cousin — who Kelli never knew before — ...

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