Early this year, I took a DNA test through 23andMe. If you’re curious about the process, I linked previous posts below. The first walks through the kit and testing. The second is about my results.
In February, 23andMe announced they were adding 150 populations and regions across the globe to create a visualization of the geographic origins of customers’ DNA. In other words, instead of getting a vague result like “European”, the results would pinpoint where in Europe your ancestors lived.
From browsing r/23andme on Reddit, I’ve seen really cool updates to DNA profiles. Unfortunately, mine were a bit of a letdown. The only category that updated with specific regions is my Native American heritage.
The rest of my categories had empty circles.
Same with Africa…
And so on…
So the update was a big dud for me. However, while browsing through my new “results” I did notice the number of DNA relatives discovered actually decreased from January.
This was my profile in January:
This is my profile today:
Somehow, I lost 92 relatives! This is why I never like updates.