the genealogy bandwagon

Last Update: December 19, 2017

So, I bit the bullet and took that Ancestry test that's so heavily advertised.

In my case, I got way more than I bargained for, because my mother was adopted. it immediately linked me with blood relatives on both sides of her family, and I now have this massive biological family out there. Names and faces!

And my mom is getting to know some of her siblings, too. In this situation, as both of her parents are deceased, it's all gain, no pain, since she doesn't have to confront the abandonment stuff. We can all just trade pics and plan trips and do the get-to-know-you thing.

If I had known I would get this information from any of these DNA sites, I would have paid MUCH more and I would have done it years ago.

IN my own DNA profile, I got some information that confirmed a family rumor on my dad's side - I'm just about half Italian, but there's 3% jewish in there- a great grandmother had an affair with the banker! Scandal! I also have trace amounts of Persian and North African, also probably from those crazy Romans.

If none of you have done this yet and have adopted relatives or were yourself adopted, I'd say spend the $70 and get some cold hard scientific facts about who and what made you tick!

They DO have an affiliate program, where we each get a $10 kickback for referral. If you're considering doing this, PM me and I'll send my own affiliate link :)

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sgreenb7 Premium
23andMe, HomeDNA and Ancestry.com both offer affiliate programs I believe!
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sporkypie Premium
that they do. I know there are a few subtle differences between the programs, but the main was the database itself. I think I went with the one with the biggest database.
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Stephanie.
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sporkypie Premium
thanks for reading!
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MKearns Premium
Check out family Search also Stephanie! https://www.familysearch.org/ A great source.
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Kickbacked Premium
Quite true, most of their records are now online, no more microfiche!
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sporkypie Premium
i'll check it out!
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sporkypie Premium
wowsers!
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sporkypie Premium
I should probably, given that most of my mystery family was "Mormon royalty".
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Armlemt Premium
I have wanted to do this for a while now. I actually traced the genealogy in my father's family back to 14th Century England. My grandmother, on my father's side of the family, had been done back a couple of centuries to Germany. The problem is that all this information is on the father's side and even then, it is passed back through the father. I would love to know what other nationalities are represented.

My great-grandmother on my mother's side had managed to trace the families back through both the fathers and mothers on my mom's side, but I do not know where those records ended up. She was a Mormon, so she probably gifted a copy to the church since that is where she got most of her information.

I did get a lot of information tied in on my father's side when I joined Heritage.com. In fact, I have filled up all the available spots that they give you for free. I haven't had the extra money to pay for the full membership there. At least they are less expensive than Ancestry and they did really fill in my tree.

I could talk genealogy all day, but that wouldn't help either one of us get our work done. ;)

Have a great week!

Anita
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Urolin1981 Premium
Hi! Anita,
I like and respect your last sentence, which could resonate well with "Disregarding time, location, religion, occupation, education, and age of anyone ever having existed, the way we eat, pee, poop, and mate will remain perfectly the same so to strive and thrive our survival, growth, and continuation forever."

Nonetheless, I learn quite a bit about genealogy from your generously sharing.

Chin
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Armlemt Premium
Glad that you were able to get something out of it. I've been rather "talkative" the last several days. :)
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Urolin1981 Premium
Not talkative but resourceful.
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Armlemt Premium
Thank you!
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sporkypie Premium
thanks for the great comment. so you didn't get a DNA test through heritage? Get the DNA test for yourself for xmas!!
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Armlemt Premium
Not this year. I'll get it when I don't have so much other stuff that takes precedence.
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Stims Premium
Interesting, I have been thinking about doing this myself.
I was adopted but I have traced my biological family and met a few of them but there is an anomaly in the family tree dating back to the first world war on my paternal side. and for only $70 I think I will treat myself after christmas.
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sporkypie Premium
PM me for a referral link, they have a program where we each get a $10 amazon gift card if you're referred.
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