Ancestry DNA Kit Has Arrived!
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My Ancestry DNA kit has arrived ! As my previous post mentioned I was asked what I would like for my birthday and I opted for a Ancestry DNA test kit and having made the decision I, of course, wanted the kit and the results immediately! I have dithered about getting an Ancestry DNA test done ever since they appeared on the genealogy horizon, initially it was the high cost that put me off and in the early days I wasn’t convinced that it would be any use to my genealogy. However these days with millions on the Ancestry database with which to compare results I can see that it gives the opportunity to make contact with fellow researchers in a meaningful way. Plus of course the price had reduced considerably and comes within birthday present budget.
What was in the kit and what did I have to do?
A neat little box arrived in the post and contained the test tube, a preservative vial, plastic envelope and a box with return post paid. There was also an instruction booklet. I had watched a couple of Ancestry webinars of what you had to do, but even without those it is simple enough.
- Don’t eat or drink 30 minutes before providing the sample.
- Register the code on the tube online at Ancestry and link it up to your online family tree (I took a photo on my phone so that I had a copy of the code if I ever wanted it in the future)
- Spit into the test tube up to the mark on the test tube. (This sounds easy enough because it doesn’t look a lot, but spit – I found- is quite bubbly and you have to have liquid not bubbles up to the line ! Anyway mission was accomplished)
- The vial that contains the preservative screws into the top of the test tube and you can see that it is water tight because the blue preservative releases and mixes in with the sample when you shake it for 5 seconds.
- Place the test tube into the provided plastic bag, pop it into the provided box, seal and post.
And then you wait for the emailed results which can take anywhere between 8 – 10 weeks, but I did hear that someone got their results back in just 2 weeks.
How the results are linked to your family tree
Only one Ancestry family tree can be linked to the DNA results. Many years ago when I first started to put my genealogy onto Ancestry I create one tree for each grandparent thinking this would be easier to handle and also there were rumours running round that the Ancestry trees had a limit on how many ancestors could go onto a single tree. These rumours proved to be totally false, but by then I had created the trees and inputted a large number of ancestors.
So what tree to choose to link the DNA to? After some thought I made the time consuming decision to spend hours saving all the ancestors onto one main tree and link that tree to the DNA. This is a tedious job, but I think it will pay off in the future as I anticipate that I will be sent more and more links in the years to come as more people have their DNA done. You can only save one family (parents, siblings, spouses and children) at a time so it will take hours to do, but an upside is that it is making me revisit my research which is always a good thing to do.
So that is where I have got to so far. I am waiting impatiently now to see if what I expect the results to contain – British, Irish, Italian, perhaps some Indian continent – is what I get! I’ll let you know when the results are in……….
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