Has anyone ever taken a DNA test that gives info about your ancestry and if so, what company did they use and would they recommend them,
Not exactly. But my sister tried an internet site which claimed to find ancestry based on surname. ( Our real names are very rare and unusual).
They kept sending her emails that they found someone. It turned out that they found me and her. She was complaining to me. " I know that I'm related to myself!".
My partner used anscestory (think I spelt correctly ) they advertise on the TV alot. He didn't use any of the dna based services as he doesn't trust they won't misuse his dna or hold it for something, but he still managed to trace one side of his family
It's not something i would do - the chances of someone realated to you that you don't already know choosing to use this same company are slim to nil. There is so little chance that it's just pointless - better off buying a lottery ticket. I can only see these as money-making scams.
Also, who else do they sell this information to?
If you got dragged into a police station and DNA tested and forced to hand over all your personal information for no reason you'd complain - yet you might be willingly & blindly doing it via facebook and all this ancestry stuff.
Thanks everyone. I'm not trying to trace family members or anything like that and I don't have a television so I don't know what they're advertising on there. But the thing I'm talking about is they can tell you you're ancestry, as in, they might say you're 36% British, 29% Irish and 20% West African etc
It just sounds a bit of fun to me and apparently you do find a lot of second cousins so there is an option to trace your family tree and find family. I think all but one company has this as an option.
I wouldn't be worried about them using my DNA for anything, I just think it will be interesting especially as no matter what country I go to (apart from Bali) the people from that country think I'm one of them! Lol! It happens to my son as well. We have dark skin and dark hair and somehow we look like natives of almost every foreign country we visit! So it would be interesting to see where exactly we do come from.
Oh I think I misunderstood thought you were looking for relatives. I must admit I don't know anything about the services that test that kind of genetics but good luck to you, must admit I have always wondered about my mums side of the family they are darker skinned with dak eyes and hair but have in England as far back as we could trace
That's the thing that makes me curious, the dark eyes, skin and hair! Where the heck did we get them from? :)
I did start tracing my family tree, so I am somewhat interested in that as well but I was watching a YouTube video last night and the mother and daughter had taken one of these DNA tests and the results were very interesting, so it inspired me to do it and because there are about 5 companies doing it, I was just wondering if anyone here had any experience with them. There's a company called 123ancestry (or something like that) which I might go with. That or the ancestry one.
But if you step back and use logic - it's only people in the West who are dumb enough to pay for this - no-one in Africa would even consider this - most of the 3rd world has much higher priorities than this navel-gazing obsession.
Hopefully I won't have to wait too long for my results to come through if it's only us from the west who are doing it :)
It's not true what you said about people in Africa though, it's not all third world, I have some very wealthy friends who live in Africa and other third world countries. And it's not an obsession for me, just an interest, not a special interest, more of a mild curiosity, and I wouldn't be upset if I didn't get round to doing it, but I reckon I will at some point.
I'd guess you're descended from DVD :-).