I’ve always been curious about what my ancestry is. Just looking at me, people may say I was African American and I do not have a problem with that. However, since I did not know where my roots were in Africa, I preferred the term ‘Black.’
My mom had always told me that we had Native American in our family and that was something that I was proud of because it is such a rarity and made me feel more unique. But I had a hard time believing this so I had to find out for myself. That is why I took the AncestryDNA test.Ordering the kit was very simple and it arrived quickly. I ordered it from the AncestryDNA website since they sent me a promotional code for 40% off, but Amazon.com always has it cheaper anyway (about $20 cheaper), which I later discovered. When it got to my home, I was so excited to get started, I opened the box right up and began to read the directions step by step.
The first thing I did was register the box code on the website which took me about 5 minutes to complete. Then I was ready to spit! Unfortunately, I had to wait. The directions say you must wait at least 30 minutes after eating, drinking or smoking to spit. I had definitely eaten and since this was before bedtime, I decided I’d just go to sleep and spit first thing in the morning.
So I spit, and it was gross, but for a good cause, I guess. Then I connected the tube like things, shook, and watched the blue liquid mix in with my saliva. My guess is that this blue liquid preserves the enzymes in the saliva. Lastly, I was ready to send it off for testing.
Twenty-six days later, I got my results. Here is what I found:
I’m Black! Just like I’d always known. But now, I know exactly where in Africa most of my ancestors came from. I googled Ghanaian clothing and asked some of my Nigerian friends how to make traditional dishes. I was that excited. I was shocked to see that I wasn’t as Native American as my mom had always told me, but I was even more shocked that I had a tinge of Irish and Asian in my family.
I thought this experience was so cool. Besides the obvious ethnicity test, AncestryDNA also gives you the option to map your family tree and add people who’ve also taken the test that have a close relation to you. Lastly you can read the history of how your ancestors may have migrated all over the world.
If you’re thinking about taking the AncestryDNA test, I definitely want to know how your experience goes.
Happy Black History Month!