Is 23andMe.com Worth it?
I got the itch…Everyone was doing it, why shouldn’t I?
I bought three kits – one for my dad, my husband and me. I found out that I was 99.6 percent Ashkenozi, which surprised me a little.
After getting the results and finding them somewhat interesting, I got a call from Cathy in Utah.
“Hi, I’m your second cousin,” she said. When I looked at my family, I didn’t know one single person.
“Oh, hi,” I said.
“My mother separated from my dad for a little bit and dated a Jewish attorney in Seattle,” she said. “When I did the 23 and Me test, I found out that I was 50% Jewish. It was a big surprise to me.”
“So you grew up thinking you were one religion and then found out you were two?” I asked. I was very interested in this.
“Yes, I’m a Mormon,” she said.
I didn’t know which side of the family she was related to but after talking with her some more, I thought it might be my father’s side of the family. I reached out to one of my dad’s cousins. He told me:
BUT then my dad’s DNA came back and he had no relation to this woman. So, I was perplexed. She has to be related on my mother’s side but I never knew of anyone from my mother’s side living in California. It had to be my mother’s father’s side.
I reached out to my second cousin and told her that… I’m waiting to see what happens but I find the whole thing quite interested and worth checking out!
Since this happened, I have connected with nearly a half dozen cousins — Rosalie, Sunshine, Valerie, etc. either on Facebook or through email. My whole world has opened with new cousins and new stories every day… Is 23 and Me worth it? You tell me…
I paid $139 for both the DNA and health test on Amazon.