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Okay, this post is going to sound sponsored, but believe me…it’s not!  I’m just really giddy about this stuff.

Remember how in April we got the 23 and Me results back for Madeley?  I don’t know why…but this stuff FASCINATES ME!  Not just our genetic makeup, but I’m fascinated by my friends, family and let’s face it…probably yours too.  #icannotgetenough

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We love getting Madeley’s results so much that we decided to get mine, Andrew and Ashby’s as well.  #becauseicantstop

Last week, our results came!  This time, it only took about three weeks to get them back.  Andrew’s actually came back after only about two weeks.  So easy, so fun and so interesting.  We all four bought the kits that show ancestry and health, but you can just buy the kits that share your ancestry data and not health (health data being if they see any markers for things that could potentially lead to cancer, Alzheimer’s, etc.).

When the email came with our results, it was like Christmas morning for me.  Hahahaha!  Here’s what we found out…

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Andrew’s results came back that he was mostly British (55.6%) and the then about 25% French/German.  Shull is a German name and his mom’s maiden name and family is French…so we kind of thought that part, but the large Brit part surprised us.  We have all of these kids with Brit names, so it works out well for us that their dad is mostly British 😉 .

As for me…my sweet dad has been telling us our entire lives what we are, so I assumed it might be a portion of what I was…but no, it was way dominate. This girl is 70% Irish.  My dad loooooooooves to speak with an Irish accent, so this new information pretty much means he’ll never speak with an American accent again. #ever

When we opened Ashby’s results, I squealed, because y’all…so many people have told us that Ashby looks a little Chinese and a little…

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Isn’t that cool?!  From our pediatrician to random strangers, we’ve had people comment that sweet Ashby looks like she might be a little Mongolian and the results said she was in fact 25% (the rest of her genetic makeup was mainland Chinese).  I don’t know?  I just love this info!  My dad has been to Mongolia twice and loved it, so we can hopefully add that to our list of places to travel as well.

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So, I’m clearly a big fan of these 23andMe kits.  I’m even going to buy a few for gifts this year (birthday, Christmas)…because that’s fun, right?!

For those of you who don’t know, they mail you this box and inside is everything you need.  All you do is spit in the vial, add the little liquid that comes inside, put it back in the box and mail it right back (the box is already stamped, addresses and ready to go).  You complete you online registration (it takes like 3 minutes) and your results are mailed to you a few weeks later.  Easy peasy.

Okay, if you’ve done one, leave a comment and tell me your ancestry data!  I’m super curious!!

Happy Monday, friends! xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog June 18, 2018 at 4:41 am

    I’ve seen so many reviews of the 23andme kits and they look so fun and fascinating to take! I’m thinking of getting one for myself, but I’m so stingy, haha, so I’m still on the fence about it!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Erika Slaughter June 18, 2018 at 5:06 am

    So cool! I’m so glad your girls have this information now and cannot wait to do this with Britt!

  • Sarah Benson June 18, 2018 at 5:24 am

    I bought a kit for my mom for her birthday in may because of your post about 23 and me. She never knew her dad growing up and she’s nearly 70 so I thought it would be interesting for her. We are waiting for the results!

    • Lynn July 1, 2018 at 7:54 pm

      My mom has a similar story. She never knew her dad, and she’s also close to 70. I recently found his family and three half siblings. Sooooo glad we did this!

  • Narci Dreffs June 18, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Oh, that is sooo interesting!! I find these kits to be so fascinating! Love that you have more pieces to the puzzle for Sweet Ashby!! She is also 100% precious!!

  • Elspeth Mizner June 18, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Wow!! That’s so cool! Definitely a great gift to get someone! And such fascinating results

  • Amy June 18, 2018 at 5:42 am

    I would love to know my ancestry, and as intriguing as DNA testing is, it still scares me a bit knowing who is holding on to my DNA information. I am in the healthcare profession, and we recently held a class on the risks of having DNA testing. Before this class I had never given much thought that there may be risks down the line. Even though these companies are reputable companies, we have no idea what could potentially happen with our information downstream. There are reports of people being denied insurance, issues with it being used in lawsuits and much more. We have no idea how that seemingly innocent test will effect us and our children some day. Once our information is out there, it is the hands of a third party company for eternity.
    My take from this is to ask permission to others before gifting, and we all should do our research.

    • Mix and Match Mama June 18, 2018 at 5:45 am

      You know what, we didn’t give them our real names!! My friend Courtney told us to put in fake names (she had done it too), so we did.

      • mom22n2 June 18, 2018 at 6:17 am

        This is me as well Amy, I don’t want my DNA out there, fake name or not. They would need your address/email/IP address to get the results, wouldn’t they? I was gifted a set and sold it on eBay, not for me! My husband did one and then through the company had a “relative” reach out.

        • Mix and Match Mama June 18, 2018 at 6:24 am

          They did not need anything other than an email (we used the same one for all four tests, so not a unique one for each person), DOB and a name (which we made up).

          • Alexandria June 18, 2018 at 6:35 am

            But didn’t they mail it to your home address? My husband has these same concerns but i could probably get him on board this way.

          • Mix and Match Mama June 18, 2018 at 7:12 am

            I ordered it off of Amazon! So, the kits came to my address but they’re not labeled for certain people. I could gift them, anyone could use them, etc. It didn’t say “Shay Shull’s kit”.

    • Brandye June 19, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      I was totally with you on this. NEVER thought I would get it done. However, a family member did it to rule out some health/dna issues. Since this is a direct relative, my DNA was now in the system anyway. But I have serious concerns as well.

  • Dana K June 18, 2018 at 5:51 am

    I haven’t done this YET, but I think you’ve convinced me! I am 45 years old, was adopted when I was just a month old, and know very little about my history….particularly my health history. This would probably fill in a lot of blanks!

    • Jody B June 18, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      This is my interest in the test as well! Left at the hospital and eventually adopted. I’d love to know if I have any half siblings.

  • Kristen June 18, 2018 at 5:58 am

    What did the health stuff say, was it weird reading that part ..helpful..?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 18, 2018 at 6:04 am

      I found it helpful…took it all with a grain of salt, but if it bothers you, you can just get the ancestry kit!

  • DANIELLE K RIGG June 18, 2018 at 6:01 am

    That is a great idea about the names, that has been the only thing holding me back. WOW, another great piece to knowing more of your girls and yourself. How cool has technology advanced for the better. As for the health part of the kit, knowing is such great information but I also feel can that be scary? Like a label and waiting for something to happen. I try to look at the glass full, but so hard. However, such great info. to know and look out for. I think it is great that the company offers different ones you can get. I think is is so COOL you guys did this. Hope you had a great Fathers Day!

  • Melissa June 18, 2018 at 6:11 am

    My whole family was given the ancestry kits at Christmas- I’m 75% British and Irish (which I knew) and the rest is mostly french ( which I also knew) nothing too exciting for me- but still cool to have it confirmed!

  • Loren June 18, 2018 at 6:25 am

    I wonder if this is the same 23 and Me @ Target? Hmmm

    • Mix and Match Mama June 18, 2018 at 7:13 am

      Bet so!

  • Alicia Woolen June 18, 2018 at 6:29 am

    My eight year old son was dying for one for Christmas and Santa provided! 😉
    It was like Christmas morning when his results came in! He is a large percentage Irish too! He was so excited! He loves to do an Irish jig and tell everyone, “kiss me I’m Irish”! They are super fun. I need to do mine too.

  • Annie June 18, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Wouldn’t they get your actual information from your credit card? I really want to do this for my youngest. My kids are adopted and we know very little about her birth family

    • Mix and Match Mama June 18, 2018 at 7:13 am

      I bought mine off of Amazon…who basically has my credit card number memorized. Hahahaha! You order blank kits, so it doesn’t know who is actually using them. I am going to buy some and gift them, so there is no correlation, right?

      • Annie June 18, 2018 at 7:40 am

        Thanks. That makes sense. I am definitely looking into this.

  • Dede June 18, 2018 at 6:31 am

    They go on sale around Black Friday 😉. I gave one for Christmas last year!

  • Allison Dailey June 18, 2018 at 6:37 am

    I did 23andMe… LOVED IT! I was 70% British/Irish. My biggest surprise was that I’m 15% Swiss!

  • Cassy June 18, 2018 at 6:53 am

    I have not done it but both of my parents have. My mom who at 74 still has jet black hair, olive complected and beautifully high cheekbones had always been told they were Native American. Surprise, she was over 50% Greek and Italian, not even a trace of Native American. So much fun to find out. Love you have even more information on your sweet babies.

  • Barbie June 18, 2018 at 6:57 am

    37% Iberian Peninsula (Spain)
    25% Native South American (Colombia)
    18% Europe South
    5% Senegal
    5% North African
    I always grew up knowing my general ethinicity my mother’s Puerto Rican my father is Colombian we’ve always spoken Spanish my whole life and visited both countries regularly so the main two parts of my ethnicity didn’t surprise me at all! The combined 10% African was surprising though because I’ve always wanted to go and felt a strong pull to adopt from Africa specifically AND also because out of all the members of my family I’m the palest of the bunch (like paler than my very Irish red head boyfriend) so finding all of that out was loads of fun! I wish I would have done the health portion as well sounds like it may be helpful information to be aware of… Thanks for sharing!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 18, 2018 at 7:11 am

      What an interesting combination, Barbie!! I love this so much!

  • Angela Ellingson June 18, 2018 at 6:58 am

    That is so interesting! I would love to know that info!

  • Renee from SK, Canada June 18, 2018 at 7:07 am

    I have done this after numerous (6) miscarriages to find out I had a blood clotting disorder. Why my Dr.’s never have check saddened me. But it has been since confirmed.
    Also found out I’m British instead of French. WHAT!
    They are very cool!
    Your family is still 100% perfect!

  • Dorinda June 18, 2018 at 7:10 am

    They sell them at Target now too!

  • Michelle June 18, 2018 at 7:14 am

    My sister did 23&me and found out we have a half sister that our father never knew about. She was adopted at birth by wonderful parents, and now we are one big giant happy family. The strangest thing is her and I have sons the same age with the same name! It’s not a common name, and is just so ironic!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt June 18, 2018 at 7:14 am

    My dad bought us kits for Christmas and it was so fun getting our info back! My sister is 55% British and I’m a little bit of everything with my highest being 27% British! And now that I’ve read some of these comments, I wish I would have given a fake name haha! Oh well!

  • Kim June 18, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Mongolia is an amazing place- the Gobi desert is beautiful and fascinating-definitely put it on your list.
    As a side note- if you were born in C.A. after 1983- every baby gets the heel prick blood test and the DNA is stored and law enforcement and researchers have access to it already.

    • Amy June 20, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      Finally! I can be glad about my age- 1973 CA baby 😉

  • Donna Duncan June 18, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I did the ancestry kit a couple of months ago because I am a 51 year old adoptee and no nothing about myself. It’s been so fun piecing the puzzle of my ancestors together and trying to figure it out. I read that if you are piecing your ancestry together with your dna results it’s best to fish in all ponds so I just ordered the 23 and Me test this past week as well. As a girl who knows absolutely nothing it’s been the most fun to connect with a few 1-2nd cousins even. I still don’t know where my piece of the puzzle fits and I am not sure where this will all lead me but I think your girls will thank you one day for giving them the knowledge of their roots.

  • Tammy Williams June 18, 2018 at 7:54 am

    The reports continue to fascinate me. Our idea was to see what greatest commonality my husband and I have, then plan a trip. My husband hasn’t done his but I’m 99.4% European with most of that being British and Irish (less than 10% Scandanavian).

    The health reports are very interesting too. My husband doesn’t think he wants to know but if I can be attuned to any possible issues, I’d prefer to get in front of those. So far, the news has been favorable with a few predispositions such as macular degeneration which I’m already aware.

  • Riley June 18, 2018 at 8:05 am

    I received results that said a large % British from such a kit. I was confused because I have records stating most relatives are from Germany. According to research, here are some potential reasons:
    1. The Anglo-Saxon people who settled the UK were comprised of Germanic tribes, the Angles and the Saxons. Therefore, people with German heritage have DNA very similar to people who currently reside in the UK.
    2. The Thirty Years War (1618-1648) killed off a large proportion of the German population. Folks from other parts of Europe came and settled in Germany to farm the land.

    So, Andrew really might actually be German, even though the test says British! 🙂

  • Paula June 18, 2018 at 8:05 am

    I did mine expecting to be like 75% German and I was only 30% with 30%British & 30% they said Broad Northern European. I wish I knew the countries. It really is fun. My husband turned out like 70% Irish.

  • Meredith June 18, 2018 at 8:18 am

    I love this, so neat… I need to do this, since I don’t know much abut Millie’s Father’s family, this would be neat to do.

  • Laci June 18, 2018 at 8:18 am

    This is so neat!

  • Ann Marie June 18, 2018 at 8:29 am

    How fun is this? I’ve always wanted to give it a try! Whatever the percentage- Your sweet kids are 100% blessed to have you guys as parents!!!

  • Kristine June 18, 2018 at 8:32 am

    I did Ancestry for my DNA. There were no surprises for mine. I am 35% Scandinavian,25% Irish, 16% Western Europe, 15% Great Britain, 9% Trace Regions of Europe.
    A few weeks ago a man contacted me and our DNA was linked as first cousins. He was adopted and found out as an adult about this. He is my Uncles son. My uncle is not living so we have no idea if he knew. My guess would be he did not. So I provided him some pictures I found and will look for more.
    I did not know until recently that each child is a different percentage of each ethic group. We donate different ones to each child. I thought thst was interesting.

  • Anita June 18, 2018 at 9:00 am

    I had a co-worker do this…she is VERY pale with blue eyes and freckles (as are many people in her family, including the older generations). Her results came back stating some portion black. At that point I knew I would not try it. I don’t think I could trust the results, even if they seemed somewhat legit. Cannot think of the other ‘off’ results that others revealed when she told this story, but there were several. I’m always intrigued because it does seem fun, but my lack of trust far outweighs my curiosity (and I work in a health field, so I cannot help wanting evidence based 🙂 ).

  • Elizabeth June 18, 2018 at 9:07 am

    I am also OBSESSED with this too, although I have not done it myself! My dad and half sister have done it, and my dad is 86% British. I looked over their results for hours and hours! My grandmother reaearched her genealogy as a hobby and was a member of the DAR, but she probably had no idea HOW British she was either. Fascinating!

  • Layla June 18, 2018 at 9:09 am

    This is so cool! I always thought Madeley looked a little Thai so it was so cool to find out she was actually part Chinese and part Laotian 🙂 I’ve thought about doing 23andme or tests but I haven’t bit the bullet yet! You should try them on Smith and Kensington too! I have heard that the make-up of each kid can vary, so they might not be exactly the same (i.e. exactly 50/50 of what you and Andrew are). My mom is 100% Japanese, and my dad was a mix of all types of European, so I’d be curious to know if I actually am 50% Japanese according to the test. I certainly don’t look it – haha! Thanks for sharing Shay!

  • skimama June 18, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE this stuff. I did AncestryDNA and I think it’s so fun to look up my raw DNA and find the SNPs for various genes. I bought my dad one for Christmas and am obsessed. Turns out I got my Celiac from him instead of my mom who has 3 sisters with it. Isn’t that crazy?
    My ancestry:
    53% western Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg)
    24% Irish
    9% Iberian peninsula (Spain, Portugal)
    6% British
    5% Scandinavia
    <1% European Jewish (this is fascinating to me as everyone in my extended family for generations is Catholic!)
    <1% Europe East
    <1% Caucasus (Iran, Iraq, Turkey etc.) This is also fascinating to me-we are the palest family you've ever seen. lol.

  • nichole June 18, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I did the one and here is what I got:

    49% Portuguese
    39% French
    And then a bunch of 1-2% of different ethnicities from around those regions

    What I found really fascinating is my brother did this too and while he has the same breakdown, his percentages are slightly different than mine!

  • AliJ June 18, 2018 at 9:35 am

    My husband and I did this last year. I always knew I was Irish and Scottish, a total of the two is about 56%, a smidgen of Greek, Spanish and the rest of the majority is Scandanavian. My husband was mostly Irish, and a tiny bit of French and the rest was British.

  • Sugar June 18, 2018 at 9:43 am

    I too did it and was SHOCKED at the results! I thought I was primarily German due to my last name (Wagner) but it came back as 61% British and Irish and only 12% French and German. Mine broke it down for me in regions so I can’t really see if I am more British or more Irish, etc. I find it fascinating!

  • Stephanie June 18, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I love that you are doing this for your family! Our two daughters are adopted and we have done Ancestry kits for them and my husband and I. I think it is very fascinating to find out more about your background and what makes you, You! An interesting thing with my testing is that Ancestry pulls DNA from 1500-2000 yrs back, so you could get different results than you might expect! I show up as 11% Scandinavian but my dad was born in Norway and our family Has lived in the same region in Norway for 600 years! It all has to do with migration.

  • Jess June 18, 2018 at 9:51 am

    I loved getting my 23andMe results!! I assumed I was a majority German but I came back 65% British & Irish (Ireland), 13.3% French & German with a little Scandinavian and Iberian mixed in. I thought it was so interesting.

  • Annie Torres June 18, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I thought my whole life I was Chinese and Korean but after 23 and me I found out I am Chinese Mongolian and Korean!! That Mongolian part really surprised me!

  • Erin Port June 18, 2018 at 9:55 am

    We are planning to do this for our child from China as well! Thanks for sharing this awesome tip 🙂

  • Janee June 18, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Our baby girl is adopted and I’m concerned about the whole “genetic matches” reaching out to us…. is there a way to NOT make that public through their site? I’m so curious to know her background though!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 18, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      I would just change her name when you submit your box.

    • CC June 18, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      My husband and I just put ourselves in the mail this morning (we used a different company thoug). When we filled out our info online, we had the option to choose if we wanted others to be able to see our info (and possibly any linked dna) or not. Can’t wait to get our results!

  • Kristi Livingston June 18, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Just sent my son’s kit in to 23andme last Saturday. He is adopted and was born in Guatemala, so we are very interested to get his results. Still a little nervous about finding potential relatives, but one step at a time. My favorite thing from my results is that I had 0% Native American and yet my mom still insists I have a great-great grandmother who was Native American.

  • Bianca June 18, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I did mine and it came back that I was Native American FROM TEXAS. I’ve lived in Texas my entire life so it was pretty cool!

  • Marika Scotton June 18, 2018 at 10:21 am

    23&me is so much fun! I’m 24% French & German, 23% British & Irish (but my dads side is Scottish!!), 21% Italian. I was most surprised by the 3% Scandinavian. Thought it was cool! I definitely recommend doing this! The health was important to me as well. I would rather know, especially about the breast cancer gene!

  • Whitney June 18, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I did the ancestry kit instead. I was hoping to find something cool to crazy…but it pretty much came back that I’m super Western European. Irish, British, Scottish, French and Swedish. I did get <1% Polynesia, so that was unique. At first I was a little disappointed, but then I dug a little into my family tree and discovered the coolest thing! On my maternal grandmothers maternal side, my 23rd Great Grandfather was the King of the Scots! I declared right then and there, that I was a princess!

  • Lindsay D June 18, 2018 at 10:47 am

    If you haven’t you should consider also testing Kensington and Smith. My parents did a test. I assumed I could add their results and divide by 2 to get my results. This isn’t the case. My siblings and I all have slightly different results and we all have the same mother/father.

  • Susie M June 18, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Can you opt to not have your info shared with potential relatives? That’s the only thing holding me back. I’m adopted and do not want to open a can of worms.

    • Mix and Match Mama June 18, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      I would just change your name then!!

      • Lori June 19, 2018 at 3:52 pm

        It’s important to note that regardless of changing your name, unless you opt out of matching your dna with other potential family members you’ll be matched. At least that’s the way it is with the Ancestry system. For example you’d be matched with other dna sharing relatives but they would think your name was whatever fake name you gave. It is easy to opt-out, so just remember to do that!

  • Gail Young June 18, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I got these on Amazon on their Black Friday sale for 50% off for my husband and myself. He was mostly Irish and British as he had always been told. No surprise there. My family (4 siblings) had always been told we were 3/4 Norwegian and 1/4 German. Surprise, I am mostly British and Irish, next German and French, then Norwegian. What?? Oh yeah, those sneaky Vikings coming down the coast of Britain and Ireland to maurade and pillage. It took me months to get over that idea. Who wants ancestors like that?!!
    The best part for me by far was confirming that my dads birth family really is his birth family. Adopted in 1920, I found them in a search ( just on my own online) in 2006 after he passed away. Some of them were on 23 and Me so that was fun to find the names there and that we do indeed share DNA. Now I am trying to find his birth father. The big surprise there is that my mom and dad share relatives back a few generations. Confusing, fascinating, and sooooo addicting!

  • Kristine June 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I did it and I am 25% Mexican, 19% British and 15% French and German.

  • April June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    This is so much fun! I did a 23andme kit several years ago and was fascinated with my results BUT it wasn’t until we adopted our sweet girl from China that I became OBSESSED! We got her results back last weekend and my husband and I were SO excited to open the email! Like you said, it was like Christmas morning! haha! It turns out she is 78% Chinese(mainland) and 21.5% Southeast Asian(philippines)!

  • Jocie June 18, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Shay- I think you were very smart in how you went about this test! It sounds so interesting and I am inclined to do it for my family as well!

  • Lisa June 18, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I haven’t done this yet but I’m definitely intrigued! There was a story on Dateline last night about an American woman who did this and found out she had a half sister in Vietnam – her dad had no idea she existed. They all ended up meeting and the Vietnamese woman and her family ended up moving to America. So crazy!!

  • Christie June 18, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    I’m adopted and never wanted to find my birth parents but have always been curious about my make up. My parents adopted me In Germany but I was told that my bio parents were American. Back in 1969 if you pregnant and were catholic Italian, you whisked away to your aunts house who happened to live in germany. So I’ve been told… this past Christmas my sweet dad bought each of us a kit. I was surprised because anything to do with my birth parents has always been a sensitive issue with them. Maybe you understand that too, Shay. It’s hard to share your babies with another mother. I’ve aleays been told that my bio mom was Italian from New Jersey. And catholic. My results were partly not surprising but the rest was shocking and I *think* it might just explain part of the reason I was adopted! Results showed that I am 52% Italian- no surprise. My bio mom is probably 100% Italian. But the rest…I’m 29% Jewish! So my theory for being given up for adoption is that my young unmarried catholic Italian bio mom got pregnant by a man who was Jewish. Back then, that just would not fly!! I had to be given up or else. Neither family would be ok with it either way. This is my own theory but seems plausible, right?! That’s my story and I’m stickin with it!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 18, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      I love that you have this theory, Christie! What a gift that info must have been to you!

  • Elle June 18, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Fun read, Ashby is just the cutest!
    I think I’m going to have to finally order a 23 and me for myself

  • Jessica O'Keefe June 18, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I have never done 23andMe but two years ago my parents told me that I have an older brother…and he found our family through that! His adoption was closed and he had just about given up hope of finding his birth parents. His wife gifted him a 23andMe kit for his birthday and through that was connected with our family (he was astonished to learn that his birth parents are still together and that he has two full siblings!). Oh my, he is one of the most amazing gifts EVER! ❤

  • Gretchen June 18, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    My husband did 23 and Me because he is adopted and wants to know more about his background. His came back 100% Western European with 97% being British and 3% being Scottish. My husband has now decided that he must be nobility! HA! He has been able to contact several people through the DNA matching and has found several 2nd and 3rd cousins! 23 and Me is fascinating!!!

  • Dana June 18, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I actually just saw these kits at Target in the cosmetics/pharmacy section last week!

  • Lynn June 18, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Just use a fake name, birth date, and create a new email address just for this. Maybe even use a gift card to purchase the item to help make it harder to track you. There are plenty of ways to fool the system and get the information.

  • Patricia June 18, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    My husband always thought he was mostly German with both Mom and Dad having German ancestry and he has a very German last name. He got his for Christmas last year and surprise! He’s nearly 70 % English! I’m probably more German than he is! I haven’t done mine yet.

  • Terry Pitzer June 18, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Is this test basically the same as Ancestry dna or is there a difference?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 19, 2018 at 5:28 am

      Yes! My brother is going to do the Ancestry one and compare it with mine!

      • Terry Pitzer June 19, 2018 at 7:33 am

        That will be a good way to see if the results they both give are the same. I did ancestry dna and was surprised to learn that siblings will not be the same.

  • Casey June 18, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    If this is too personal, don’t feel like you have to answer! Did you allow them to search for relatives? I am going to do these kits when they go on sale for Black Friday. I have one daughter from Russia, and 2 from China. So, I think it would be so cool to find a relative, but I’m also A little leery and wonder what other moms are doing. I had planned to just use our initials or something so it’s more private, but on the other hand, finding a cousin or connection appeals to me too. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer, just something I’m processing. My 8 year old from China does NOT look like she’s all Chinese, so I’m most fascinated to learn hers. She jokes that she’s part “japanian” as she calls it.

    • Mix and Match Mama June 19, 2018 at 5:28 am

      I did allow for that in all of ours!

      • Casey M June 19, 2018 at 9:27 pm

        Thanks! That’s what I am leaning towards. We had the video that came with my daughter from Russia translated by Russian friends and they were talking about a sister. It’s crazy, I was 24 I think at the time, and we called and sight unseen said, if there’s a sister we want her too! we were told she was adopted but were given no other info, and were a little sad. So I do plan to do this for my Moscow sweetie as well. It’s a lot to process and I want to do it well. Thanks for answering!

  • Lori June 19, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Hi Shay, I love that you’re so obsessed with this it’s easy to do.Love that you’re 70% of anything…you are practically a purebred!!😁 After tracing my husbands family back to the 1300’s via (instead of binge watching tv I binged researched online in 3-5 hr periods at a time…I couldn’t stop! 😬 I loved seeing written documents that support an individual family history. To be able to imagine what a relative’s life was like during the time period they lived. So fascinating. It is one thing to learn about history and pivotal events in school and quite different when it is your own family or your husband’s) I am a 50-year-old who was adopted at birth I was told that I was Irish /Scottish /English descent.truly having no idea I was curious , so I did the ancestry DNA test. (I really thought I must have Italian or other country with olive complexions as I don’t burn in the sun!) the results or more than surprising as it turns out I am 39% Scandinavia 29% western European (which I now know consists of Swiss and French ) 22% Irish 7% British <1% Iberian (Iknew my birth mothers full name so I’ve been able to build her side of family dad is still a mystery…seems like he’s the Viking though!😉 (if you don’t already belong to Ancestry… highly recommend…so fun to find a old photo of family member…or learn their occupation via a census record and to learn who the first Lowe was to come to America and what year!)

  • Brandye June 19, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    I did mine. Most of what came up was what I expected: British, Irish, French and a little German. However, I also have a direct ancestor that was born in West Africa, between 1750 & 1820. My mother is from Georgia, for multiple generations. So having a West African ancestor during that time period was not too surprising, but it brought up A LOT of feelings. What I’m guessing is that someone was “tippin’ out to the quarters,” as the saying goes. And that baby was probably born white and thus brought into the main house. So lots of emotions tied to this revelation. And prayer. I completely recommend having this done though.

  • Chris June 25, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    I did mine, and I was surprised to learn that I’m 25% Scandinavia, 22% Scotland/Ireland, and 18% Great Britain, with even some Western European, Iberian Peninsula and European Jewish thrown in. The results led me to find that a whole branch of my ancestors were born and died in Scotland, and another in Norway. I already knew about the Great Britain part. Still haven’t found the Iberian Peninsula or European Jewish–but there must be at least one person from each in my tree somewhere!

  • Carole June 25, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Oh no, what if the fake name you picked belongs to someone down the road who commits a crime? The authorities would never be able to find that person. Could it trace back to you? Gah…this whole thing makes me nervous.

  • DetroitDuchess June 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I got my dad the Ancestry one because he has been using Ancestry to map his maternal family tree. He has had more trouble with the paternal side because all of the records are in England and you have to pay for them. I was thinking about doing it to see what my makeup is on my mom’s side but am debating between Ancestry or 23 and Me just because my dad has done SO much work on the Ancestry site and it would all map up together.