Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MyHeritage DNA - A Review

I don't know if I've mentioned on here in the past, but I am super into Ancestry. A couple years ago I did a trial on and traced my family history on one side all the way back to the 1500's! Crazy right?! That side of my family was actually Mennonite (big surprise!), and went back to parts of Europe that I had no idea were even in my background.

Fast forward to a couple months ago, when MyHeritage reached out to me to see if I wanted to try their Genealogy DNA kit. Obviously, I was stoked and jumped at the chance, of course!!! What is it exactly? It's a kit that the company sends you with 2 swabs, one for each cheek. You register your kit, swab the insides of your cheeks and send it back to them. Then you just wait for the magic to happen.

Since I had been working on my Family Tree again this past summer, I was pretty familiar with some of my lineage. So I was really curious to see how the results would compare to what I already knew. I got my results about 5 weeks after I sent them in and they did not disappoint!

As you can see in the pics above, it shows the percentage of my DNA from certain regions and then goes on to tell you the countries that might be included in the results. This is a bit broad and I wish there was a bit more information provided, but it's still really cool! This did not bother me at all, as I already knew the specific countries included from my Family Tree background. It was still awesome to see exactly how much of a percentage of each region is in my personal lineage. For example, I had always thought I was more Irish than Italian, but it seems that Northern/Western European and Italian is the bulk of my background.

So the bottom, line.... Would I recommend this test? If you are really familiar with your background already, you might not have the need to do this. However, if you want confirmation, or if you're adopted or not sure of any information from a whole side of your family, this would be amazing! Or if you're someone like me, that just likes to geek out over ancestry related info, you would love this!

Another cool feature that I discovered this past week.... If there is anyone else in the database that has had a DNA test done, that matches your DNA, the company will email you their info, as well as the way you might be related, i.e. 4th cousin twice removed, etc and give you the option to contact if you're so inclined to do so.

Pretty cool, right?! Have you ever traced your family tree back far? What about a DNA test? I would love to hear about your personal experience! Genealogy is so fun!!!

ps - The company is offering 30% off all kits until October 16th! That makes the test $69, instead of $99. I do not compensated for this, I'm just passing the info along, since that's quite a bit of savings! If you do the test, let me me know! I would love to see your results! 

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DISCLAIMER: I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. This post does not include any affiliate links. However, I was provided a kit as a PR sample,. in exchange for my honest review. As always stated, all opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.