Growing up John always heard that he had Irish and Dutch ancestry and that is where his family roots originated from. He has always wondered if this was true, where his ancestors came from and if it would be possible to trace his roots. When 23andMe reached out and asked if we wanted to try a DNA kit I jumped at the chance to surprise John with it.
We are planning an upcoming trip to Ireland so I figured this was the perfect time to find out if John’s ancestry really was Irish or if that was just a family folk tale. Neither of us knows where the family learned or came up with being Irish it has just always been said that we have Irish blood. Being able to see our ancestry results from 23andMe.com. has opened up a whole new way to plan our travels. If either of us is truly Irish will this drive us to learn more about the culture, appreciate it more while we are there, or give us the opportunity to connect with relatives we don’t realize we have.
It was so easy to send in John’s DNA test it literally only took a few moments of our life. All you have to do is spit into a small vial, seal it up, and mail it to 23andMe. Then comes the hardest part…the waiting. We found ourselves really wondering about John’s results as we waited for them. Would we learn that his results really do show he has Irish heritage or would they surprise us?
The waiting was actually a lot of fun because it prompted us to ask his family more questions about their heritage and try and learn how much family history is known. John learned things about his family history he wasn’t aware of before we started this process.
I know you are wondering what the results actually said…lol!
Woohoo! John truly does have Irish heritage. I don’t know why but this was such a relief. Now as we look ahead to our Ireland trip I feel like we are going to appreciate being there so much more.
We were at a family dinner and the conversation turned to family heritage and that they were Irish and Dutch. It was so fun being able to pull out John’s results and show his family that they truly do have Irish and Northwestern European heritage. Now all of his family members are talking about ordering a 23andme kit so they can run their DNA and get their results.
If you have ever wondered about your ancestry we highly suggest checking out 23andme! It is so interesting to look through the results and learn more about our family history. Now we are thinking about also doing the health screening that 23andme offers. That looks so interesting. Get detailed DNA reports for insights into your health, traits and ancestry. Understand your genetics. Explore your DNA today at 23andMe.com.