There’s no doubt that my love for history and culture 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 Ancestry DNA 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. Below are the steps for taking a saliva sample for the DNA Kit.
- 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 located on the box or tube, an Ancestry DNA login (or the option to signup to their site) and a participation form.
Once the saliva sample is sent, the results are shared in 6-8 weeks via email with a like to view results on ancestrydna.com/activate. Since my mother received her Ancestry DNA activation results, I already know half of my genetic makeup and the anticipation isn’t as high as before. I still think it will 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 for future travels.
Have you ever wanted to take an Ancestry DNA test?