November 23, 2014

My 23andMe Results Are In! I’m Pleasantly Surprised!

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My results are in and my surprise is that I have a tiny bit of Asian/Native American blood, as well as a super big amount of Scandinavian. No surprise on that second part, with my mom’s Swedish line, but I had always wondered whether anything else would show up.

I used 23andMe as my genetic testing service because we had used them for my husband’s line and we were very happy that his results confirmed he has some degree of Native American blood as well. Actually, we had his dad tested, which presented a much more direct line.

Back to my test results, this is what 23andMe has to say about my testing:

Ancestry Composition tells you what percent of your DNA comes from each of 31 populations worldwide. The analysis includes DNA you received from all of your ancestors, on both sides of your family. The results reflect where your ancestors lived 500 years ago, before ocean-crossing ships and airplanes came on the scene.

I have to say, I was quite surprised by the “Yakut” listing, but it might all tie in with the Native American migration in some way, which I suspect. To be honest, I’m not sure just where my Native American genes might have come from, but I suspect it could have been through my Poindexter family, or my Smith line. Family stories are great for pointing you in certain directions, and in ours they made references to “black indians” and “red indians”. So far, I haven’t found anyone in the family that was an enrolled member of a tribe.

The Poindexter Connection

What have you found in your DNA testing results that surprised you? Was there anything, or was it as you thought it would be? In the past I have used other DNA testing services, but honestly, I think 23andMe is the best when it comes to detailed results. What I like about them too is that they keep refining the results over time so you get an even more clear picture of your genetic lineage.

23andMe Ancestry Composition for Carol PDF file

23andMe And The 1004 DNA Relatives

When I began doing genealogy decades ago it never really was on my radar that we would be able to find and connect with cousins using our DNA. Now, here we are and our cousins are not only found, but verified by documentation and genetically. We had my husband Jim’s DNA tested through 23andMe some years ago, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many cousins of his paternal and maternal side have also used 23andMe as well and been able to contact us easily.

What We’ve Found

Many things we expected to see were English, Irish and French percentages that would be quite high. What we weren’t sure of was whether or not there was any Native American in Jim’s DNA. Just last year when his profile was updated by 23andMe it showed that there is a 0.1% of Native American blood in Jim’s paternal side of the family. We know now that what we suspected was true, but we’re still on the hunt for the elusive ancestor who brought that DNA into the family.

 What? We Have Jewish Ancestors?

Another surprising bit was that there’s also a 0.6% of Ashkenazi Jewish DNA in the line as well. As it pertains to the Wilkerson line, that was probably a mixing of DNA with some of the family’s northern European lines. As the 23andMe page explains it, “You share DNA history with 23andMe customers that have reported full Ashkenazi ancestry”.


And last, but not least, Jim also has 2.8% of Neanderthal DNA. I find this very interesting, and not because of any humorous aspect, but because, to me, it says the Neanderthals might not have survived to be a recognizable human in present time, but their mixing of DNA with other humanoids says “we adapted”. Who knows what they truly looked like? I mean, after all, “someone” had to be attracted to them, right?

It’s All Relatives

23andMe reports that, as of now, Jim has 1004 DNA relatives; 6 second and third cousins, and 344 fourth cousins. Over time, this number will likely increase. We have made contact with the closest ones with surnames like Boyert, Miller, etc. There are probably many more with whom we could connect, but their DNA profiles are private and not shared.

DAR To Allow DNA Evidence For New Applications And Supplementals In 2014

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President General DAR Lynn Young’s Announcement Regarding DNA Documentation

In a new announcement today, the President General of the DAR has said that Y-DNA evidence will be accepted as additional documentation for new member applicants and supplementals. A portion of the text reads:

So what that means is that beginning January 1, 2014, NSDAR will accept Y-DNA evidence in support of new member applications and supplemental applications. DNA evidence submitted along with other documentation will be considered along with all of the other source documentation provided to prove heritage. Y-DNA will not be considered as stand-alone proof of linage because while it can be used as a tool point to a family, it cannot be used as absolute proof for an individual.

Read the entire article on President General Lynn Young’s blog here.

To be honest, I never thought this would be something the DAR would agree to, but I am so very glad for all of us that they have. It will be just one more source, and could  make all the difference for families.

How DNA Testing With 23andMe Averted Serious Surgical Complications

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23andmeimage In our circle of friends and family the topic of DNA testing has become almost ubiquitous. Some of us have used more than one service (Ancestry, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, etc.), and we don’t really understand the in-depth results, but I have to tell you about a good outcome that came from having one’s DNA tested for health reasons.

One of my friends recently had a surgical procedure that could have gone terribly wrong had it not been detected in her DNA test results that she was extremely sensitive to certain anesthetics. She was able to impart this information to her surgeon beforehand and her resulting surgery went smoothly. Now, if that isn’t a good reason to have your DNA tested, I don’t know what is! While this post does contain an affiliate link, I think its so important that I’m going to tell you that if you choose not to use my link, please do consider testing with 23andMe.

My husband had tested with them and we are quite pleased to find that this company has been constantly updating targeted health results, as well as more detailed ancestry such as percentage of Asian/Native American blood and whether or not he has Neanderthal in him too (he does, 2.7%).

 

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