My Experience with 23andme

September 24, 2017

I was lucky enough to get a 23andme kit for my 22nd birthday. What not many people know about me is that I actually know very little about my ancestry. I’ve been told in the past when we had to do projects for school that I’m Danish, English, and Scottish. However, I’m not sure how true that is.

Here is what I do know for sure. Lets start with my Moms side. My Grandma is from Denmark and so where her parents and their parents and all the way back as far as we can trace back. Now we don’t know what my Grandpa is because we don’t know his moms ancestry and his dad was adopted. So my mom is Danish and who knows what else. What I know about my Father’s side is very little. All I know is that there is Danish on his side but I have no idea how far back or what else there is. Kind of sad? Yes but there’s not a lot I can do about that.

So why 23andme? Well to put it simply I don’t plan on contacting my Father’s side to find out what diseases and other medical conditions run in their family. Also I don’t think they plan on contacting me either. Plus that would still only tell me half of what I am. Now I do know about the argument that 23andme isn’t accurate but guess what! Its going to tell me more about myself on a genetic level then I actually know. Now if you have a problem with that that’s ok.

 

November 16, 2017

So yesterday I got my results! I just want to say that my results would have came in earlier but I had to redo the saliva DNA tube thing. Before I looked at my results I knew that my results probably wouldn’t be very shocking. I’m just going to give you all the percentage breakdown and my maternal haplogroup. I did do the test that gives you info about traits, wellness, and more series illnesses that your DNA can show if you have an increased or decreased chance (for lack of better words) of having/ getting. So here is my results:

99.9% European

  • 44.7% British and Irish
  • 23.5% Scandinavian
  • 13.8% French and German
  • 1.2% Finnish
  • 16.6% Broadly Northwestern Europe
  • <0.1% Broadly European

<0.1% South Asian

<0.1% Unassigned

Maternal Haplogroup: K1a4a1a

So how do I feel after getting these results? Well its interesting. Looking at what I said above the only thing that I knew for sure about where either side of my family comes from is Denmark. Which obviously is shown in the 23.5% Scandinavian. The French and German and Finnish part is interesting just because I’ve never heard anything about it and because of that I’m assuming that’s more from my Father’s side. As for the Broadly Northwestern Europe result I’m thinking that that has to come from Viking ancestors looking at the part of the map that is highlighted by clicking on this percentage and knowing about Viking history. I could be wrong but that’s what I’m thinking. The very slight percentage of South Asian is kind of shocking because I have no idea which side that could have come from. For those of you who don’t know what South Asian is (according to 23andme) its India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

Ultimately this doesn’t change how I see myself or my family. In the end I’m simply Canadian. I guess what it comes down to is the long argument of what’s more important nature or nurture. I also want to say that by sharing my results I don’t mean to be disrespectful in anyway. This is just something I find to be interesting and maybe other people would too.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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