|from the 2010 US Federal Census Questionnaire|
Someone I know, who has requested anonymity, but who agreed to share her experience, completed the test. Once ordered, the test arrived via mail fairly quickly, and just required a small saliva sample. After mailing it back, the wait began. The Ancestry website says the results take six to eight weeks, but her results came in just one month.
Results were fairly accurate and specific. Not only did she learn which continents her ancestors came from, she now knows percentages and specific regions of the continents. She previously knew precisely one part of her background, and the test agreed spot-on with that percentage, so she assumes the other results are equally as accurate. Although a portion of her background came back as "uncertain," that could change as scientists discover more genetic markers.
Another feature of the results is the AncestryDNA Member Match, which let her know of possible relatives who have also taken the test. Her results show, with a 95% confidence level, a few individuals who are most likely her 4th cousins. By comparing family trees, she might be able to discover the connection and learn new information about her ancestors.
Hearing her satisfaction with the test makes me consider ordering one myself. What about you? Would you consider taking a DNA test?
Thanks for amazing technological advances that provide family history break-throughs.