1. Thanks for sharing this, Christie. I believed that working on my ancestry was one of the first things that I would do in retirement. Somehow, I haven’t quite got around to it yet. Your post was a great nudge in this direction!

      • Connie Devivic

        Grandma Nokes’ parents were directly from Austria. She told me I had French ancestors, I assume from Grandpa Nokes’ side, but could only trace him back to Moses Griggs (not a French name, haha!) who fought in the Revolutionary War. The family heritage is not Armenian, though that was one of the many tall tales my dad didn’t retract before his death. I thought I was 1/4 Armenian until I was 18 and asked Grandma about it. That’s when I found out about the French component. Grandma, as you can imagine, was not amused by my misconception. ?

  2. I haven’t taken one, but I really want to. My sisters and I purchased one for our mom for her birthday and we are waiting for the results. It sounds so interesting! Thank you for sharing your experience on #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty! I’ve shared on my social media.

  3. Christie, I first started working on genealogy when I was a teenager. So I did a great deal of work the old-fashioned way before Ancestry.com came along. I did the Ancestry DNA thing and found no surprises there. Would be nice to have the health details as well, but I won’t be doing the other test as well.

    • I also did my genealogy the old fashioned way, Jean–going in person to the genealogy library and looking at microfilm. It was kind of exciting though, and I got to spend lots of time with my mom there. Thanks for checking in.

  4. I did the Ancestry DNA test and was disappointed in the minimal amount of information they gave me. Unless I just don’t know how to find out the details, I was only give the % ethnicity. I am 100% European (80% Great Britain, 8% Finland/NW Russia, 5% Ireland, 4% Europe West, 2% Iberian Peninsula, <1% Scandinavian). I was very interested to know these percentages, but was expecting more information. I wonder if any one else did this test and knows about getting more info?
    Interesting read, Christie.
    🙂 gwingal

    • I’m not sure if there is more information available from Ancestry DNA. I do know from my research that 23andMe provided the most health information. That’s why I went with them. I hope you get some input from others who are more familiar with Ancestry DNA. Thanks for checking in Nikki!

    • Betty Asphy

      Yes since I did this they have been sending me other people that had DNA matches with me such as twice removed cousins, etc. They have been sending me the names.

  5. I never thought about doing this but your post is an inspiration. I might give each of my grown kids a kit as a holiday present. always looking for something different to give them. a little bit of their personal history.

  6. I’ve never done an NDA test – or visited a fortune teller – but I am interested in what the results might be. In regards to the DNA test anyway. Still a bit pricey, but maybe at one point, I’ll go for it. If it can tell you more about your future health, is is probably worth it. Although… eating healthy in general can’t be a bad thing for anybody. 🙂

    • I had someone read my cards once–purely for entertainment–and I quite enjoyed it and was impressed by her perceptiveness, her ability to read me. There was information in my DNA test that may perhaps be useful, but again, it was mostly entertainment. I agree that as far as health goes the general rules of eating well, getting plenty of rest, and being physically active are good for everyone!

  7. That must have been incredibly interesting! My sister got a DNA test from her daughter for Christmas. Her results supported some speculations we had about our paternal grandfather. DNA technology is amazing!


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