I got an opportunity to participate in some genetic research for 23andMe. I've been involved in genetic research before, which helped me identify two gene mutations that were causing me some health issues, so I'm not worried about the Big Brother thing. But there's more to the story than just the research contribution.
The perk of doing this study is that I get the full genetic analysis as well. I'm really curious to see what the results will say.
We all get stories of our heritage and backgrounds, but how much do we really know? How far back have you traced your roots? I did genealogical research for my family - both sides - for quite some time and got quite a bit of information but, at some point, the trail just ends. If you can get professional help, that's great, but it doesn't come cheap and I always figured I'd have time to do it myself. And I haven't.
I've traced my father's side back to the town in Germany, and I've even found some photos of the old storefront they had. I've not gotten as far with my mother's side. I know my grandmother was in the Daughters of the American Revolution, which grants me admission as well, but I have no clue as to where her paperwork would be, or if they DAR keeps that kind of thing on file.
I've always liked the genealogy exploration. It's like a puzzle waiting to be put together, or like a large wad of yarn begging to be unraveled. I like the stories, the photos, the history and, sometimes, the darker side to the family you thought you knew so well.
Mostly, with this 23andMe kit, I'm hoping that the results will be somewhat accurate. I have no way of knowing, for sure, but it'll be interesting regardless and - hey - it was free. I'm really anticipating getting back the results and seeing what they believe is my ancestry. It may just verify everything I've always known or, it might bring up a few questions to my family.
At any rate, I've spit in the test tube and will be mailing it in tomorrow. We'll see what I get back!