In school, I’ve always loved history and learning about other cultures. There’s no doubt it has influenced me to travel as often as I do. After hearing different stories of my family’s past, I decided to buy an Ancestry DNA kit online. When I saw my mother’s results from a test taken sometime last year, it really interested me to do one myself. These were her results:
- 74% African
- 23% Asian
- 1% European
- 2% Pacific Islander
What comes in the Kit
The Ancestry DNA kit comes with two pieces: a tube for your saliva sample and a solution that stabilizes the DNA. When using the kit, it is instructed that you don’t eat, drink smoke or chew gum for at least 30 minutes before giving your sample. The whole process takes about 5 minutes total.
- Fill the tube with saliva
- Replace the funnel with the solution cap
- Tighten the cap to release the stabilizing fluid
- Shake the tube to mix liquids
- Place contents the collection bag
- Mail your DNA sample
In order to get your test results, you MUST activate your Ancestry DNA kit online at ancestrydna.com/activate. On the activation page, it asks for the Ancestry DNA activation code, an Ancestry DNA login (or the option to signup to their site) and a participation form.
Once the sample is sent, you should receive the results in 6-8 weeks.
I already know half, so the anticipation isn’t as high as before, but it’ll be interesting to see my final results. I don’t plan to search for possible family members, but it will be cool to get a first-hand experience of my family’s roots in future travels.
Have you ever wanted to take an Ancestry DNA test? Why or why not?