Have you heard about those genealogy DNA tests that claim to reveal your ancestries? Have you thought about taking one but aren’t sure if you should? I’ve taken three of them myself and have had positive experiences. I thought it would be fun to discuss it and pass along some information, although I’m not an expert on the subject. .
I became interested in genealogy DNA the moment I first heard about it. I knew very little about three of my grandparents, and the idea of learning about my ancestry and finding long lost relatives sounded exciting. After researching companies, I found that the three most popular tests are:
Y-DNA – this is the DNA men inherit strictly from their father’s male line. (their father’s, father’s, father, etc.) Only men can take this test.
mtDNA – this is the DNA both men and women inherit strictly from their mother’s female line. (their mother’s, mother’s, mother, etc.)
Autosomal – this is the DNA everyone inherits from both parents. The idea is that we receive fifty percent of our DNA from each parent, twenty-five percent from each grandparent, and half of that from each great-grandparent.
The most popular companies out there right now are Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA. I started with 23andMe and then transferred my raw data to Family Tree DNA for their autosomal test. Later, I took the AncestryDNA test for free because my mom received it as a gift. My parents also took a test or two along the way.
When your results come in, all three companies give you a list of people who have already taken the test and who are related to you within the last five generations. I have hundreds of DNA cousins at each company, which can be overwhelming, but the great part is that some of them have already done extensive genealogy research and know the names of their ancestors and their birthplaces. By looking at their family tree, you can know that your ancestor is there within it. I found a cousin through 23andMe who shares the same great grandfather as me from Mexico. Meeting him was priceless. I had longed to know someone from that side of the family.
Each company also gives you a percentage of ancestries that you likely belong to. These can be recent or from further back. In my experience, all three companies arrived at similar results and percentages.
By using math and finding the averages, my basic ancestries are:
39 percent Iberian (
/ Spain ) Portugal
32 percent Native American
11 percent Middle Eastern
8 percent Italian
4 percent Irish
There are also some tiny percentages, such as Scandinavian (23andMe and Family Tree DNA) and
(Family Tree DNA), among a few others. Finland
My mtDNA is Native American, which they say goes back to
Siberia. My dad’s mtDNA is also Native
American, which they say goes back to .
Coincidentally, I have a tiny percentage of Mongolian results on one of the
autosomal tests. Mongolia
My larger percentages didn’t surprise me very much, but I have to say that my dad’s Y-DNA really stunned me. It revealed that his male line isn’t from
as I had always thought. According to his DNA cousins who have done
the research, they were from an island in Spain
from long ago. Some of them moved to Scotland
(which coincides with my autosomal results), and then to the American continent. I’m
still dealing with the shock. Ireland,
How about you? Have you taken a genealogy DNA test? Did it reveal any surprises?
Cindy Flores Martinez is an Amazon bestselling Spanish romance author. She writes sweet romantic comedy and inspirational romance in English. She has an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting. Her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started out as a screenplay and movie project, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world. You can learn more about her at www.cindyfloresmartinez.com