Thought My Book Had Arrived Last Night, But It’s My DNA Kit – October 18, 2020

My book on Chester Nez, Navajo Code TalkerReview: Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII — The Domain for Truth, was ordered on Amazon and is supposed to arrive October 20 – 27, 2020 (see note below for new projected delivery date). I wasn’t thinking when I saw a package was supposed to arrive on October 19, 2020. The fact it was shipped from Indiana and not San Diego should have been my first clue. I get home last night after seeing the package was delivered while I wasn’t at home yesterday. When I get home, I see it’s my 23andMe Ancestry+Health upgrade kit. I opened it today, collected my saliva sample very fast, made the mistake of not updating it on the 23andMe website before sealing it in the mailing package. Went to update it on the website and noticed I needed the tube number even though the website made it clear I was the only one who could use it as it was an upgrade kit. Seems like it would make sense for them to include the tube number on my account when they sent it to me.

End result, I had to re-open the mailing package and remove the tube from it. Thankfully, I was able to see the tube number without unsealing the tube from the bag it was in. Going to have to reseal the mailing package with tape as re-opening it made it not seal very well when I tried to re-seal it. I will mail it off today, but it won’t go out until tomorrow as mail pick-up doesn’t happen today where I drop it off.

It estimates 2 – 4 weeks for results, but as it was part of a sale deal, I expect it could take longer. If you ever do a saliva DNA test regardless of where you ordered the kit from, you need to collect the saliva within 30 minutes. If you can’t, then release the preservative into the tube and continue to collect it as time allows. Saliva DNA tends to start degrading in 30 minutes. I learned that the hard way back in 2012 – early 2013. I had several failed AncestryDNA tests. Thankfully, when I read the instructions on 23andMe, it mentioned collecting the saliva sample within 30 minutes as I ordered a 23andMe kit while waiting on my third AncestryDNA kit.

Cool thing is 23andMe included a tracking number so I can get updates as it heads towards Phoenix, Arizona.

I went today and checked and Amazon included a tracking number. I signed up for updates and the book should be here tomorrow which coincides with the date the DNA kit was supposed to be delivered.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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