Saturday, May 2, 2015

The DNA Test Experience

An expert genealogist friend asked me about the DNA test through, so I thought I would explain here for one and all (Ancestry owes me for this advertisement).

First, the regular cost is $99 US but they have sales every couple of months when the price drops to $79. There is also a shipping fee of $8 bucks something, so figure that in either way.

The kit arrives by US Mail, and opens to to reveal this:

The instructions are easy to follow. First comes the spitting into the tube - not so easy if you have dry mouth:

You have to fill it with spit, not including bubbles, to the wavy line:

Finally, I got there, and caught up in the moment was unable to snap a picture of removing the spit funnel and screwing down the cap breaking the seal to release the blue, stabilizing fluid.

Then, I sealed it in the bio-hazard spit bag that has one of those little pads that soak up moisture in case I didn't screw it down tightly enough.

I thought it best to wait until morning to pop the sealed return box into the mailbox.

And now we wait 6-8 weeks for the results.

To be continued. . . .

The Results are in! Click here.


  1. Disgusting, fascinating, and informative, all at the same time. Any wager on what the results will be? :)

    1. It will show beyond shadow of doubt that I am directly descended from King Arthur and/or Merlin.

      Seriously though, it will be mostly western European and maybe not even a trace of distinguishable welshness. I want to see my Native American at least 1/32 or 1/64. There will be traces of the Middle East maybe helping to establish that the Vaudois really are descended from the first Christians. And I'm secretly hoping for some Neanderthal. (Oops)


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