Category: 23andMe Customer Stories

The Gift

The stories all start the same — with a 23andMe kit given at Christmas — but then they follow their own fascinating narratives that are as unique as the customers who share them with us. Almost daily we hear from people who’ve learned something new about themselves or their families using 23andMe. Some of ...

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Whoa Nelly

If Lisa hadn’t used 23andMe, it’s hard to imagine how she would have ever known about Nelly. Lisa hadn’t been searching for her. When she tested with 23andMe, Lisa was mostly just curious about the science of personal genetics. “I was fascinated that the technology had advanced so far so quickly, and ...

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Drama in the Family

After she retired from teaching theater at a Florida college, Julia Gagne’s life took on its own unexpected dramatic arc. Although she’d been adopted at birth more than 65 years ago, Julia hadn’t spent much time searching for her biological family. When she tested with 23andMe a few years ago, it was more ...

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Our Three Fathers

As a wedding planner, Wendy Wojcik pays close attention to even the smallest of details, yet in her own life she always ignored one big one — the identity of her biological father. That all changed recently. Upon reaching her 50th birthday and mourning the loss of her mother, Wendy realized she wanted to ...

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Bridging A Family’s Racial Divide

Maria felt conflicted. Here she was celebrating her parents’ 63rd wedding anniversary, and the last thing she wanted to do was upset her elderly mother. But on the flipside she had to ask her. Maria now knew her mother’s secret, a secret that brought up many questions, serious questions. Maria wanted to ...

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A List For Midlife

For his big birthday Adam Keim wrote out a to-do list titled — “40 for 40.” It included little things like walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, volunteering for a day, and getting a massage. “These are mostly things I have never done, things I have needed to do, and a few that I haven’t done in a long ...

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A Lucky Man

By Jonathan Fischer My name is Jonathan Fischer. I was adopted shortly after birth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Not knowing more than where I was born, I always wondered about my origins and who my parents were. But I was also afraid about what I might find out, so for years I did nothing. Then not too long ...

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Happy Father’s Day

Over the years we've been lucky enough to hear from customers who've used 23andMe to connect with their dads. Some of them simply shared their results to see the kinds of traits they shared with the fathers. But several customers, mostly adoptees, have been able to use 23andMe to find their biological ...

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Planning Ahead

There’s a time when all of us settle down, but Robert isn’t there quite yet. He’s 29, single and has a good job as an architect. He’s in no rush, but all the same that hasn’t stopped him from at least thinking about his future and what comes next. In part that’s why he tested with 23andMe. “I was ...

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Mother’s Day Delayed

Sandi had 50 years to prepare for this moment, but as she walked off a plane in Sacramento she felt the anxiety and doubt well-up inside. “It was like the night before you get married and you get cold feet or jitters,” said the 50 year-old mother from New Hampshire. “You just know that in a moment your ...

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