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Old 07-02-2018, 04:54 AM
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I always thought it was a snobby thing to do - I mean we are all people and what does it matter? It is a basic American tenet to judge people by what they do and say not where they came from. My grandparents were all Polish (Galacian) immigrants and they were so damn proud to be Americans. They learned English, worked in factories and their new family farms, and sent all the kids to school. The did enjoy their Polish cultural heritage during Holidays and family events, but had otherwise no love for their old homeland. .2 of them would spit whenever they said Poland as it was an absolutely horrible life as a farmer at the turn of last century, and the Austrian government was pretty brutal to them.

BUT, my niece's daughter had it done recently and I found it extremely interesting. It even showed the gene distribution between Mom (Greek) and Dad (Northern European). There was a lot of fun minor markers from across the world. It also told her of certain genetic markers that would probably indicate she has a pre- disposition for certain character/interest traits and it described her to a tee!

So I am going to do it for my fraternal twin daughters as a birthday gift . It will be fun to see their genetic distribution differences between them .

What one did you use? I think she used one of the 23 and me options 99 bucks.. But I see Heritage and Ancestry are less expensive- some 59. Very hard to tell the differences between the services - maybe data base size? .

Any and all thoughts and experiences are welcome. Thanks

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Itís certainly interesting but given the potential misuse of databases I do not want to freely give out my DNA to be put in a database.

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Mine found my mother (on my tree), My daughter who was tested through on her husbands tree and a first cousin I do not nor have not ever heard of. He's on my daughters DNA (a step farther down) but not my mothers which means he is related through my fathers side.

Interesting stuff.
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Originally Posted by k9medic View Post
Itís certainly interesting but given the potential misuse of databases I do not want to freely give out my DNA to be put in a database.

yea ZERO privacy is what you can expect
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Ancestry probably has the best database. I went through Heritage, not all that happy. Also, be aware that outliers such as Native American in an Irish background can disappear in 3-4 generations.
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Call me a skeptic, but 1) you have to believe they are building data bases, and 2) how do you know the report is accurate?

I can see some form of entertainment value, but what does it really matter? You are who you are.
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I don't want to know.
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Originally Posted by chrisjb View Post
Call me a skeptic, but 1) you have to believe they are building data bases, and 2) how do you know the report is accurate?

I can see some form of entertainment value, but what does it really matter? You are who you are.
Well like I just said, mine found my daughter who was tested through her husbands data base and correctly identified her as my daughter.
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Yeah...

https://gizmodo.com/report-a-dna-tes...fer-1825715321
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Wth is Greek DNA, vs German DNA. They came up with best guesses guidelines and are selling them off.

This is one of those things in 25 years people will say what were they thinking spending money on this.

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Originally Posted by Eastport205 View Post
Mine found my mother (on my tree), My daughter who was tested through on her husbands tree and a first cousin I do not nor have not ever heard of. He's on my daughters DNA (a step farther down) but not my mothers which means he is related through my fathers side.

Interesting stuff.
I may not be reading this right, but are you saying your daughters husband is also her cousin but you didn't know?
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Some friends of a friend did it and let's just say they were beside themselves after seeing the results.. not at all what they were expecting...lol
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All this data is being sold to federal and state law enforcement offices. If your grandson commits a crime 50 years from now he will get caught because of you....
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DNA testing is one of the secret requirements to enter the THT hidden forums but you didn't hear that from me.
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No Iím not sending my DNA anywhere thank you. All Iíd need is a little me showing up in 18 years saying I have to pay for their college or something crazy, lo

what about regular Ancestry research, genealogy? Has anyone had a good experience with that side of the house?
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Some friends of a friend did it and let's just say they were beside themselves after seeing the results.. not at all what they were expecting...lol
Happened to me as well. I thought I would have a strong German background being my grand parents on my fathers side always told me of German ancestry and our German name. My mothers side was from Lithuania.

DNA came back
60% British
30% eastern european
10% western European

My take is my family on my fathers side has been in the states for a couple hundred years so that DNA has changed.
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......If your grandson commits a crime 50 years from now he will get caught because of you....
I hope so, if he committed the crime. I'm already in a data base so I don't care anymore.
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DOD has kept a database of DNA for several decades, so if you served after that started, you're already in a database.
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Originally Posted by Mooney6959 View Post
I may not be reading this right, but are you saying your daughters husband is also her cousin but you didn't know?
No , my daughter was tested through her husbands "Ancestry " using her married name. I have her on mine with her maiden name and her husband has been added as "her husband". This unknown cousin was found with my dna results and not my mothers which leads me to believe that he is one of my Uncles kids (from my fathers side). I'm contacting my daughter now to see where this person falls on her dna results as I may have spoke out of turn in regards to her results If he doesn't come up there it may just be a mistake? But I don't think so.
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I'm Irish and Swedish... my ancestors told me. That also makes me Australian and a New Zealander. right? maybe a little Canadian when I watch hockey. Irish side denies the English part of me and the Swedish side thinks the Norwegians part are hooligans. I'm very conflicted.
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