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Has anyone tried a home DNA kit?

Did you find out anything interesting? I found out 6 to 8 grandparents ago one of my grandparents was 100% west African. Estimated to have been born around 1710-1800. It hit me shortly after reading the results that they must have been a slave. My father's family is darkish olive skinned and the family story was that in the 1700's one of my ancestors married a native American. Problem is there was no native American DNA in my profile. I'm guessing the story was started to cover up a bi-racial baby? Anyone have any good stories they uncovered?

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Sounds about right. My grandmother on my father's side used to have a tobacco plantation in the family. Their go-to story was that we were part Cherokee. Well we had all of my grandparents tested and she did not have a drop of native american dna, but the 4% African was there. It was funny because she's pretty racist at times. Still there's some family that are in denial.

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I did 23 and Me. I found out that I'm only about 70 percent Polish/Eastern European, with almost all the rest being European of some sort (Scandanavian, Finnish, etc). The biggest surprise for me was that I am a small percentage Native American, which I didn't know.

Amy0825 Level 5 Apr 17, 2018

My search started with an interesting story: my mother was given up for adoption in 1946 at the age of 9 months because her birth mother's husband came back from overseas and demanded she do so since he had been gone too long to be the father. Birth mother claimed father was an incarcerated native american. Since my mother had coal black hair and I have olive skin, it was believed.

except we are 99.99% white.

My mother was born in a town that has a population of under 1000 today. Much smaller then. The surname of the couple that adopted my mother was Cox.

One of my DNA cousins had an uncle with last name of Cox. Same general area
It is possible my mother was adopted by her own father. Who had black hair.

SherryMartin Level 7 Apr 17, 2018

I’ve researched my family history back many generations and my DNA results match my findings. 100% European with 79% British and 17% Scandinavian. Also a touch of Irish and European Jew. It’s good to remember you get 50% from each parent, but not necessarily the same 50% as your siblings so your results can be very different. Also, your parent my have a good percentage of something that may not show up in your results at all.

babsy Level 6 Apr 17, 2018

I don't know much at all about my family, but now I do know that I have a bunch of genetic relatives in the black sea/ northern slav region. I like having a little info. I also like knowing my carrier status for a bunch of weird geentic diseases, just in case my kid needed to know.

sarahjustme Level 7 Apr 17, 2018

I just got my results today. Turns out I am just about entirely Celt. Fascinating stuff!

Deb57 Level 6 Apr 16, 2018



I used 2 differrent companies & they each came up with mostly but not all of the same results. I might try a 3rd company & I don't care about the rights to my DNA.

Countrywoman Level 6 Apr 19, 2018

My test was done by National Geographic years ago. It identified my Haplo Group and traced its origins in Africa to the 'Mitochondrial Eve' 150,000 years ago.


I did it, and found that I am Scots/Irish, Wil a little e Viking mixed in. I know we it, but fun to have it confirmed. I'm in the process of tracing my family back to where they were from in Ireland and Scotland.

Wisewoman3 Level 5 Apr 16, 2018

I've been interested in trying it. My family on my dad's side published a book in the 1930s that traces our family back to the time of Henry the Eighth, but records are much sketchier on my mom's side. There was talk that there might be Native American on mom's side. We know Scotch-Irish, English, French and German, but what unknown relative got under the fence? Who knows?

Otterpop Level 5 Apr 16, 2018

I'm sure that I'm a mutt. Besides, I'm not letting anyone have that info.

farmboy2017 Level 7 Apr 16, 2018

Part of me wants to take one, but then I can't because I don't trust it.

@Browneyedlady yes, they sell you the kit and then sell the info to a third party.


Yes, I used a DNA kit and discovered some DNA companies are illegally eliminating some races, especially the Native Amerians from North America.
My brother's DNA, using the same company, shows Nigerian ancestry. Mine didn't.
I I learned that fathers/sons DNA goes further back several generations back compared to womens/daughters.
With every child born from the same parents, the DNA tests combines unique patterns of genes. So what showed up in my brother's DNA didn't show up in mine. In fact he is "more Italian" percentage wise than I am?! Remember though the DNA companies are still in its infancy and blood DNA test are a lot more accurate compared to saliva/tissue samples.
Jamesd: question - How does Mexican lineage shows up if a person's DNA shows it's from, for example, Nigeria?

DeafGypsy Level 4 Apr 22, 2018

West Africa would be the Moors. The Moors conquerred Spain and lived there for several centuries untill Ferdinand and Isabella reconquered Spain. West Aftican blood means you probably have a Spanish (Mexican) ancestor.

Jamesd Level 2 Apr 21, 2018

No because I don’t want to give away my rights to my DNA . Which you do with most home DNA kits

Skyscanr Level 2 Apr 19, 2018



I have mentioned numerous times here that the commercial DNA tests are for "informational purposes only". In fact, if you pay for several different ones (I paid for 23AndMe and myHeritage), they will show different things.

My father could have registered for inclusion in one of the Native American tribes (I don't remember which one), however both my sister's and my tests showed no Native American. My original DNA test showed I was 75% Scandinavian while my sister's test showed she was predominantly French. The differences were so different that I paid to have a professional sibling test done. We are in fact, full siblings.

kiramea Level 7 Apr 17, 2018

I've had mine done. Plus done a lot of genealogy. Family stories about both sides say there's native America. My DNA says there's no native American. UK and Western Europe, mostly. Some eastern Europe. Made me wonder if Ancestry didn't just rely on my tree that I'd already submitted. I list no native Americans on my tree, but the family stories and people at family reunions have native American features.

david75090 Level 4 Apr 17, 2018

I was part of a 'study' that provided a DNA test. It was very basic, but it was free. I DID find out that there is a small percentage of Native American blood in my family. I heard stories growing up that we had Native American blood, but I figured it was just 'wishful thinking.' But I am encouraged to do another test, just to see if the percentage changes. More than likely, I will utilize Ancestry.com's DNA test on the off chance that I will be able to 'connect' with others withn my family tree. The rest of the results were pretty much what I expected.

BearsNPenn Level 6 Apr 17, 2018

No, I've never tried it.

Sarahroo29 Level 8 Apr 17, 2018

Haven't and won't. Not terribly interested in any of that stuff.

KKGator Level 8 Apr 16, 2018

My mom did the test for kicks and giggles. Viking German French.

azzow2 Level 7 Apr 16, 2018

I've not tried it yet, but I have Native American Indian from both my parents, plus my dad's family line is from Spain, so I'm a right mix.

birdingnut Level 8 Apr 16, 2018


WileEQuixote Level 6 Apr 24, 2018

Yes. Both my wife and I did the DNA ancestors test. Nothing surprising. Interesting though. Opens lots of discussion within the extended family. Especially the % Neanderthal DNA that showed up.

bigpawbullets Level 3 Apr 23, 2018

Yes. Both my wife and I did the DNA ancestors test. Nothing surprising. Interesting though. Opens lots of discussion within the extended family. Especially the % Neanderthal DNA that showed up.

bigpawbullets Level 3 Apr 23, 2018

I want to but it worries me allowing a company to have my DNA when the government can make them hand it over.

MamaMOB Level 5 Apr 23, 2018
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