On 10 November, I wrote a post about Taking my DNA test, which was mailed out that same today. Yesterday, I received an email from Ancestry advising that my DNA sample had arrived at the lab. Wow, thats a long time to get there, 1 month and 6 days.
Anyway, the good new is that the sample has been received and now I await the results. Once they come in (hopefully in the next few weeks) I will be posting about what I have learned and exactly what this test tells me.
With the starting of my business, founds for genealogy have been very limited. There are so many things that I would love to do, I just do not have the ability to do what I want, when I want to. As I was thinking about all the things I wanted to do with my genealogy research today, I wondered how many other people are in the same situation. Money is too tight to do what you want, what would you do with your research if the funds were unlimited. The sky is the limit, it is you own personal Who Do You Think You Are? show.
For me, there are a few things I would like to complete. Here is my list:
- Verify my Richmond line, according to a distant cousin our line goes into the line of Thomas Rogers from the Mayflower. As I looked through the trees that show this, I saw some flaws and would like to be able to verify it for sure.
- Continue my documentation for the DAR. I started this about two years ago and I need extra cash to order some records. I know my Richmond line goes into the Revolutionary War because I had someone from the SAR document the line for my son. Not that we ever sent the paperwork in, again money has been too tight for the extra’s.
- Go to County Cork, IRE and continue my O’Connell research. Last year, I learned that John O’Connell was born in County Cork. I would like to visit the area and see where the family came from, visit the local Catholic Church and see if they can assist in finding more records. Plus, I need to find out what happened to John’s mother, Helen Teahan. I have no records of her besides the baptismal record for John.
- Visit France, I love the fact that I have Canadian – French ancestry and would love to go back through France and see the areas my family came from.
- Finally, I would love to have a few more DNA tests taken. I would like to have an O’Connell male take the YDNA test and I would like to take the MtDNA test to follow my maternal line.
So, what would you do if money was not an issue? Remember DREAM BIG!
Yesterday, I was happy to pull the mail out of my mailbox. It was a genealogy day! I received my new issue of Family Tree Magazine – yeah new reading material and my DNA test from Ancestry. I wasted no time opening and taking the test.
The directions were simple. Only take if you have not eaten in the last half hour. Perfect, I had not one bite to eat at this point. There were 3 swabs, you were to take 1 swab and rub the inside of your right cheek for 30 seconds. Take the second swab and repeat on the left side. Then, take the third swab and rub under upper or lower lip.
After gathering all the DNA I could, I inserted all 3 swabs into the pre-marked envelope. It said to wait 30 minutes to allow the swabs to dry before sealing. Then, insert into pre-addressed envelope and mail back.
Of course, it clearly stated not to expect results until 2012. It also said to go online and activate your kit online, that took all of a minute. They asked for very basic information, name, date of birth and is this your DNA. Done.
Now to wait!
I am so excited to share with you that I will finally by taking a DNA test to aid in my research. No, it is not the YDNA, which I would like to have done in the future. Or, should I say I would like for a male member of my family to take. This is a new test that is being put out by Ancestry.
Yesterday afternoon, I received an email from Ancestry. It stated,
Subject of email: “Discover your genetic ethnicity and find family connections with AncestryDNA.”
Email: Dear Terri,
“We have some exciting news about our new AncestryDNA™ service and we want you to be part of it. Over the past year we’ve worked with industry experts and applied the latest science and technology to make it possible for you to discover your genetic ethnicity and increase your chances of connecting with possible relatives through your DNA. Now we’re offering select Ancestry.com members like you the exclusive chance to get this new service for free before it’s available to the public (shipping and processing not included).* ”
Color me surprised to be part of the select. To be honest, I actually thought this was a spam email. So, I called Ancestry just to verify that this was indeed sent by them. To my luck, it was!
So, what do I need to do to get the for free? I need to be “one of the first 10,000 to order by Sunday, Nov 6, 2011 and receive your DNA kit for free. Only $9.95 for shipping and processing.
According to Ancestry, “It’s this simple:
• Order our DNA test by November 6, 2011
• Receive a DNA collection kit in the mail
• Follow the simple steps to collect your DNA
• Mail in your DNA before November 30, 2011
• Receive your results in early 2012″
So, I ordered yesterday and paid my shipping and processing fee. Now, I patiently wait for my test to be delivered.
This is what Ancestry states I will get from this test,
“What will you get?
• A breakdown of your genetic ethnicity—See the mix of ethnicities found in the 700,000 DNA markers we test and see how they relate to your family tree.
• New family connections—Discover new relatives with DNA matching. Increase your chances of overcoming brick walls, confirming family relationships and finding common ancestors.
• Enhanced, easy-to-use web tools—Use your results and the power of Ancestry.com to make new discoveries and solve family mysteries.”
I am all about solving family mysteries. So, I hope this test can do that for me. I cannot wait to go through the process. Maybe once I complete this, I will be able to talk that male family member to get their YDNA tested so I can try and break down more of that O’Connell brick wall.