Hay view from Castle

Hay view from Castle
Hay-on-Wye, Powys (formerly Breconshire), Wales. The "Town of Books" (and Vaughans!)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Let's See How Much Welsh Is In Me: The Ancestry DNA Test

An expert genealogist friend asked me about the DNA test through Ancestry.com, so I thought I would explain here for one and all (Ancestry owes me for this advertisement).

First, the regular cost is $99 US but they have sales every couple of months when the price drops to $79. There is also a shipping fee of $8 bucks something, so figure that in either way.

The kit arrives by US Mail, and opens to to reveal this:

The instructions are easy to follow. First comes the spitting into the tube - not so easy if you have dry mouth:

You have to fill it with spit, not including bubbles, to the wavy line:

Finally, I got there, and caught up in the moment was not able to snap a picture of removing the spit funnel and screwing down the cap breaking the seal to release the blue, stabilizing fluid.

Then, I sealed it in the bio-hazard spit bag that has one of those little pads that soak up moisture in case I didn't screw it down tightly enough.

I thought it best to wait until morning to pop the sealed return box into the mailbox.

And now we wait 6-8 weeks for the results.

To be continued. . . .

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