Giveaway: AncestryDNA Kit
True story: For many years, I’ve fantasized of various ethnic origins.
First, when I was a kid, I desperately wanted to be a Sephardic Jew. The reasoning behind this is quite simple to a 12 year old mind — they are allowed to enjoy beans on Passover, Ashkenazi Jews (which I am, in reality), are not. I told my mom I was declaring myself Sephardic. She said it didn’t work that way. I’ve not fully gotten over this yet.
Last year, I read that Spain was giving citizenship to Sephardic jews. Spanish citizenship would be sort of cool, no? I scoured all my relatives for potential of ancestry. I got nowhere.
More recently, I’ve thought I may potentially be British. Just a bit. I REALLY am obsessed with all things British – the royals, the history, the television programming. Clearly, I felt a kinship I couldn’t explain?
Finally, I got the opportunity to discover if all my wonderings over the years was not the mutterings of a crazy person — but rather, the inherent knowing something else was out there.
As so it happens, I was right.
About a month ago, Ancestry.com contacted me and offered me the opportunity to review their AncestryDNA kit.
Ancestry’s DNA-based test is party of the genealogical surveys at Ancestry.com. It’s simple to use: They send you a DNA collection kit, you spit in a tube (sexy), and mail it off. A few weeks later, you get an email with your results.
The results were fascinating!
As you can see, I’m 94% European Jew — what everyone always told me I’d find. However, I am also 2% Iberian (THAT MEANS SPANISH JEW!), AND 1% British.
I was also elated to find I have trace amounts of Asian ancestry. I’d love to know more about this! I have always, though, had an obsession with Asian food.
Everyone wants to know who they are — and if you can get some semblance of an idea by swabbing a cheek or spitting into a test tube, who wouldn’t take advantage?
Results are divided into geographic areas such as Scandinavia or Southern Europe. I was totally hoping to have Romans or Vikings in my past — imagine???! – but no such luck there.
The test has pretty broad strokes, so I do not know as of yet if I was related to Anne Boleyn or Marie Antoinette – but I’m pretty sure (scientifically speaking), I had to be. One cool thing the test does allow though is — once your DNA results come in – allow you to use their database to find people with similar results to you, highly likely to be related in some way. Potential third and fourth cousins! I’ve been having a blast playing with it all week.
AncestryDNA costs $99, and test focuses on what genes say about your family history in the past few thousand years — but I’m SUPER excited to be able to give away two kits right here! To enter to win, you must be following @AlyWalansky and @Ancestry on Twitter and RT this giveaway – then, please tweet us or comment below and share what you are looking for in your own family history. Deadline to enter is June 15. This is also an incredible gift idea!
Disclaimer: I received this product for review, however all opinions expressed are always my own.