I was recently gifted a 23andMe kit for my birthday, and I couldn’t have been more excited! For years, I have seen friends post about their shocking results and I have always wondered if there were any surprises waiting for me. Spoiler alert: I got some big surprises. Before we get to the results, let me explain a bit about the process.
The Process:My box was sent to me in the mail and included the simple instructions. All I had to do was get a sample of my saliva and put it in the small tube provided. It was well explained and only look a few minutes.The Results: 23andMe advertises that you will get your results by 6 weeks, luckily for me, I got my answers within 10 days! You can even track the progress of your sample through your profile.Quick note: I was raised in a very Mexican family and my maiden name is Hernandez. I figured that I would be around 40% Mexican. What else would I be? Now for the results!I was shocked to find out that I was only 16% Mexican! Not only that, I was connected to the U.K. and Spain more than Mexico.Another cool feature is that you are able to see your Ancestry Timeline. With this, you are able to see how many generations ago your most recent ancestor is for each population.
After having so much fun with my kit, I decided to buy my husband a kit for his birthday. Timothy is adopted, so we have never known what his ancestry is. What a surprise we got! Here are his results:
My mouth fell to the floor when I found out that he is 9% Mexican. I never would have guessed! It was also very fun to see how much we had in common when it came to ancestry.
We opted for the “Health and Ancestry” kit, so we were able to see which health conditions we might have a higher risk for. In addition, 23andMe allows you to connect with distance relatives who have also completed the ancestry kit.
How I Feel About The Experience: This really is one of the best presents I have ever received. I can not speak highly enough of this process. I haven’t tried other ancestry companies, so I can’t confidently say this one is better, but if you are looking to see where you are from, 23andMe is definitely a solid choice. Have you done an ancestry test before? Did any of your results surprise you?