With much joy yesterday I was delighted to learn that my DNA results were back from 23andMe. I ordered my kit for free through their Roots Into the Future initiative and have been working on getting my family members tested too. So far, my husband and my sister are done; my mother’s will be done in a few weeks.
My maternal haplogroup was already known to me since my sister’s results came back awhile ago – -we are L2a1e. This lineage goes back to sub-saharan Africa. No surprise :-).
My Ancestry painting was what was the most fun to look at last night. My mother and I went through it in detail and especially noted how I compare to my sister. According to 23andMe, my DNA has the following approximate origins – 84% African, 13% European and 3% Asian (likely Native-American).
This is in contrast to my sister’s 78% African, 18% European and 4% Asian (again, likely Native American). Goes to show how siblings do get their DNA distribution differently from each parent.
One thing that is clear from both of our paintings is that most of our European DNA is coming more from one of our parents. Most of the blue colored segments are in the bottom half of the chromosomes and 23andMe uses a distinction between the top half and bottom half of each image to denote the two parents. At this point, we do not yet know which parent, but if I had to guess I would predict from my father’s side. We will hopefully know more once my parent’s results are in. Very exciting! I have so much more to blog about with these results so stay tuned.
You can read my past 23andMe blog posts here.