I was talking to someone at my favorite Internet cafe about one of the things I blog about is DNA. She made a comment she was adopted because she doesn’t look like her siblings or other family members. I pointed out looks aren’t the determining factor; DNA is the determining factor as to if you are or are not related to a close family member. At the time, MyHeritageDNA was having one of their $39 sales, regular price $79 + shipping. I didn’t tell her at the time, but I bought two DNA kits for $78 with free shipping. The kits arrived today and I will be presenting them to her on Monday. These are cheek swab tests.
After ordering them, I let her know I ordered them and asked if she had a family member willing to test. She said yes. She has several siblings, at least one parent, and one grandmother , not sure who she will to do the second test. I left it up to her as she knows her family better than I do. I also am leaving up to her what she shares with me once the results come in. In most cases, the results usually take 4 – 8 weeks after the DNA arrives at the lab. I will be curious as to the results, but I know some people are private on the topic, more so if she doesn’t match a close family member. During a sale, it can take a bit longer as the labs may be backed up with submitted DNA kits.
I will warn her that close family members don’t always match initially. In my case, it took several days before I matched my two nieces and a first cousin who had tested with the same company. I will also give her my usual warnings about not trusting ethnicity as the science is still new enough and some ethnic groups have not DNA tested enough to generate a significant sample pool.
Previous DNA Saturdays posts: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/DNA-Saturdays/