Last night, I was pleasantly surprised by my 23andMe DNA ancestry results. I’ve read kits can take a long time to process so once I mailed my kit, I tried not thinking about it. I figured some day or night, I’d check my email and get a surprise. And it finally happened!
If you want a peek inside the DNA kit, I wrote about it here: Unpacking the DNA Ancestry Kit from 23andMe When I looked at that post, I couldn’t believe it’s already been almost 2 months since I began this little experiment. From ordering to results, total time was exactly 2 months – a little less than 2 months for the actual analysis.
Now, my results!
I used the basic DNA ancestry kit. These are the main categories in the report:
Below is a breakdown of my ancestry. My results are somewhat close to what I expected. I was mainly curious about my percentages, especially in Europe. Luckily, the results expand and provide those little details.
First, my largest percentage result:
My next largest percentage:
When I was a kid, my imaginative grandpa would say we had Italian ancestry. Sorry, grandpa, but 0.7% is probably far less than you boasted. Although, there is that 9.5% “Broadly Southern European” category so maybe he was partially right?
I’m happy to see ancestry from places other than America and Europe because it’s something I didn’t know anything about. America and Europe were a given, but the rest are a surprise. Although, I’m kind of disappointed to have such low percentages in other countries and zero percentage in some!
Last, my smallest percentage:
The big picture:
So that’s a breakdown of what to expect in your ancestry results. There is a lot of information provided if you want to learn history about the regions and how your DNA mix came about. You can click on categories to highlight the location:
This chart provides a general guess (e.g. “maybe 2 to 4 grandparents back…”) of when you had ancestors from different areas.
There are reports for your mother and father’s ancestry:
You can opt-in to share results with others. You don’t share the entire profile, just the fact that your DNA matches with other 23andMe customers.
The next map is cool, but maybe boring for me. It highlights countries with those DNA-matching relatives. All American here, apparently. There are several quizzes to take that are used to compare with DNA relatives. I didn’t take the quizzes but could see these results from others which are interesting.I didn’t read far into the “Neanderthal variant” category but there’s a lot of neat looking information there. I wasn’t that into it because there weren’t many matches for me.There is a long list of Neanderthal variants associated with certain traits/tendencies. I think this would be cool if you actually have matches. I only had the one match.
I think the Ancestry DNA kit from 23andMe is worth the $$ and waiting. I didn’t learn anything shocking about my ancestry, but it did clarify things I’ve wondered about myself. It’s pretty cool knowing real numbers instead of things that were told to me or just assumed. I’m excited to dive into the results and piece together how I came to exist!