So, have you seen the commercials for ancestry.com's DNA tests? You can purchase a kit, and when it arrives, you provide a DNA sample (in this case saliva,) return the test to ancestry.com, and in a few weeks, they will send you your results.
These results include a breakdown of your ethnicity, which seems to be one of the biggest draws of getting your DNA analyzed. Ancestry.com uses 26 different ethnic groups ranging from Native American to Eastern European to West African. From what I gather, this look into a person's ethnicity is often one of the biggest surprises. What you thought you heard Great Aunt Gussie say about you being French might actually not have been true.
But, though I have been tempted to try out this DNA analysis service, some questions arise that have prevented me from taking the leap.
1) Ancestry.com is not owned by the LDS church, but it does have close ties to the Mormon church. What does this tie to the Mormon church mean when ancestry.com is compiling statistics and data?
3) What will change for me if I have a DNA test? I am who I am. I have quite a bit of info already as to my ethnicity. Is curiosity enough of a reason to spend the money and enter into the spheres of influence of questions #1 & #2?
I know some folks who have used the DNA test on ancestry.com to help with family research. More than one woman I know who was adopted as a child has found a sibling later in life through this test. Some people have been surprised by the results, learning that what they thought was true about their heritage was actually not, and as a consequence, they were able to trace relatives hitherto unknown.
What about you? Have you thought about having a DNA test done? Have you used Ancestry.com?
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