Originally Posted by Creeping Death
I'm on a quest to uncover my ancestry and genetic details. I'm generally aware of my background, especially on my mother's side, since the family tree is well documented on her side and my great aunt has traced it as far back as 12th century England. Still, there are plenty of missing pieces.
Then there's my dad's side, who I don't really know, and apparently they don't know each other too well. All I know is that there is mostly Amerindian, maybe a hint of Spanish. Whether this native is primarily north or south of the border, I'm not sure, and have had no luck searching. I've tried singling out certain traits by tribe or region, which is like looking for a needle in a hay stack.
I've seen brief results from certain mail in DNA tests that give an accurate ancestral mapping going far back. The main two I'm looking at are:
I know 23andme got spanked by the FDA a while back and now have to acknowledge that their results shouldn't be considered a health diagnosis, but the test seems pretty accurate and detailed according to many. Has anyone used either of the two or another test? Were you satisfied and was it a revealing experience?
I used 23andme last winter.
I think maybe the ancestry related test might offer more. But yeah, it was really interesting just to finally nail down where both sides of my family likely originated from. (Turns out, I am 99.9% european... and 0.1% Asian. Hmmm.) And haplogroups -- there are some online groups for certain haplogroups to share ancestry information and identifiers unique that pool. (Note that females need to have a male relative tested to get the Y side of haplogroups.)
More interesting was buying a month of access (for $5) on one of the sites that will parse your genetic file for you. 23andme only breaks out certain data they can confirm that doesn't violate whatever they agreed to legally, but you can download the genetic info file and then parse through it -- it's huge and does have some search/filtering to it which is helpful -- and see what increased/decreased chances for certain things that those populations with those gene markers have. ("If you have an A-C combo here, you are 1.5x more likely to experience clinical depression" for example, based on studies.) Of course you can't read too much into it because there are many markers that might increase or decrease the same trait, and it's not clear on how the gene and the condition are related per se.
23andme will also match you up with other folks who might be related to you, who have used their service, and project what level of connection they might have (2nd cousin? 4th cousin?) based on genetic similarity. You can choose to release your name publicly or you can remain anonymous -- so you'll see folks in your list regardless but might or might not be able to see their name and more info about them. it's interesting to me to see WHERE folks are from who might be my 3rd cousin, for example, since my parents raised me about three hours drive from where they grew up.