In light of the fact that DNA testing is quickly becoming a more and more popular (and certainly reliable—chromosomes tell no tales!) method of confirming one’s ethnicity, I decided to take a test and see what I could find out about my own ethnicity.
There are many DNA tests available to the general public, but I chose AncestryDNA for several reasons.
First of all, I already have an account and have been an active member of Ancestry.com for several years.
Secondly, and honestly, because it was on sale.
Most importantly, however, I chose it because the autosomal DNA test Ancestry offers reveals BOTH the paternal AND the maternal lineages.
You see, the “Y” DNA test only reveals the father to son lineage, while the mitochondrial or mtDNA only reveals the mother to child lineage. The autosomal DNA test reveals it all.
Additionally, the new AncestryDNA test is not gender specific, meaning males or females may take it. It analyzes all 23 pairs of your chromosomes, scrutinizing the entire genome at more than 700,000 locations. Ancestry then compares your DNA to samples from around the world to approximate your genetic ethnicity.
AncestryDNA also provides you with potential (Ancestry) member matches and the ability to contact those matches.
So, what did I find out about my ethnicity? From what regions of the world did my forebears hail? Obviously Africa, but AncestryDNA boiled it down to regions--by percentages!
Sorry, I’ve already missed over an hour of the Kings attempt to sweep the Rangers. Therefore, you’ll have to wait for next week’s blog post to read the details . . . .