April 27, 2015

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

Check This Chart Before You Add That Picture

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To Download, or Upload, That Is The Question

One of the things that really slows up my blog posts is trying to decide whether or not I’m committing some grievous sin against the Google gods by posting a photo. Well, maybe not Google gods, but photo owners and creators who might send out the creative commons jack-booted thugs to confiscate my files. Seriously, sometimes I just don’t know whether I’m in violation, but this week’s flow chart tells me (and now you) what to do before you post that JPG.

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Flash Sale: Cataloging Digital Family Photographs – Sassy Jane Genealogy

Cataloging Digital Family Photographs – Sassy Jane Genealogy.

Here’s a quick blog post to let you know about this guide on sale at Sassy Jane Genealogy.

8 Million Users Of Roboform Got It Right

I’ve Been Using RoboForm For 12 Years

Don’t you get tired of always having to remember or write down all those login names and passwords? I know I did. It was kind of funny just how much paper I used to write them all down. I must confess, I had a lot of sites I logged into for various reasons and the free version of the program eventually wasn’t enough after a while. That doesn’t mean you have to pay for the “pro” version like I did, although it is great.

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The good thing about RF is that not only does it keep track of the PW’s and ID’s, it also keeps your credit card information for easy shopping, your home address for filling in forms online, and it’s all secure because you keep the accounts (you can set up profiles for all of your family members who use the computer) safe with a master password if you so choose. Why not give the free version a try and see how you like it?

 

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