On July 26th, 23andMe announced a research project called Roots Into the Future. One of my coworkers sent me the announcement and I was quite excited. The program is giving away 10,00 free DNA kits to African-Americans so that they can enhance their database. I quickly signed up and yesterday received my notice to go ahead an order my free kit. They are offering both health & ancestry testing.
To my delight, the box arrived today! Since my sister also got a free kit, I am using mine for my husband. For years he has wanted to have a clearer understanding of his African-ancestry and we are going to keep our fingers crossed that the testing will be able to tell us more.
We’ve done his saliva sample and am sending the kit back tomorrow. Hopefully, within the next 8 weeks, we’ll have more to share. For now, I will spend the time before then prepping and looking for others to connect with online who may be part of this initiative.