For a long time we have wanted to do one of the 23andme DNA tests for ancestry. Over the summer we ordered three of the kits (we couldn’t have Jordan do one because he wasn’t with us). The kits cost us about $100 each. [But there is a sale right now — buy one, get one free! Just follow this link.] The box came in a few days and we spit some saliva into the tubes and mailed them off.
Around a month later we all had our results and there were some surprises.
First, mine showed an even more European heritage than I was expecting. I knew that as far back as I could go that everyone seemed to be from England, Germany, the Netherlands… but here are my results.
94% of my heritage is from NW Europe — currently Britain, Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia and 61% is from Britain and Ireland. I’m about as white as you get. This may account for some of my genetic superpowers contributing to my hangover resistance, but counter to my ability to tan easily.
We had Jacob’s test done because it seems like whenever we travel he ends up looking like a local. In Nepal last week and older woman kept telling me he was Nepali. In Thailand we had a driver swear that Jacob had Thai ancestry. We suspected he could have Mongolian or another Chinese ethnic minority like Tibetan ancestry. But his results just give us more uncertainty.
His DNA is 85% Chinese …and 8% Korean. The results also show that he has 2% southern European DNA. I think that is probably a Silk Road influence. His results are shared via the DNA relatives tool through 23andme and there are already 18 people connected that are 3rd or 4th cousins. It is just a matter of time before some closer relatives take a test and we can find out more about where he is from originally.