Genealogy & DNA

There is a game that my friends and family like to play when introducing me to new people. It is called, “Let’s Guess Anna’s Ethnicity”. I will soon have an actual answer to that question.

Enter Ancestry.ca’s DNA test kit.

My wonderful mother has signed me up for this kit as a birthday present! I’m so excited, I’ve been wanting to do this for years! What makes it more satisfying, is that I have recently read a review by The Bloggess, comparing it to 23andme.com  and I rather enjoyed it.

I had been under the impression that is was a mouth swab. In actuality, I had to spit into a little tube via a small plastic funnel. A lot. It was a little weird.

Included was a cap with a bit of blue “stabilizing liquid” in it that I had to make sure mixed in with my saliva. After removing the funnel and tightening this little cap onto the saliva filled tube, I had to shake it about, ensuring all the liquid was mixed together. Then I put the tube into a little ziplock bag, then into the little postage-paid box, and shipped it off to Ireland.

It will take approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

With the sample’s 15-digit code uploaded to the Ancestry.ca website, they can track where the sample came from and email me the results. How freaking cool is that?!

Stay tuned for the outcome.

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So far, I was able to trace my mother’s maiden name back to a man named George, born 1618 in Kleinheubach, Germany.

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As for my father’s surname, I managed to trace it back to a man named Estienne, born 1650 in Belverne, France. There were many modifications to this surname. Somewhere between 1852 and 1890, it became what my family holds, today.

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