I saw a special offer on myheritage.com for £59 but it has expired. It also showed Robert Pires.
I started to compare the various genetic offers and that one seems pretty cheap. Does it tell you anything other than what ethnic composition you are? I read that the one from National Geographic rather shows where your ancestors came from 200,000 years ago but I think that is of rather limited interest.
Yes, I think the offer expired one day after my order -- it was of course the reason that I jumped on the "special rate" even though I had a suspicion that the offer would be exceptionally extended another few weeks if there were not enough takers.
This is the very reason I'm not interested in DNA tests in the absence of clues to help cure a rare disease or adopted children seeking their heritage. I have Indigenous relatives, though the Amerindian and Inuit people in my family are through "alliance" (aka screwing, from a one-night-fling to a lifelong companionship) and I am also about one-eighth Sub-saharan African (Obama coloured granddad, from the Caribbean) but I'm still basically from northwestern and southern European descent. I think that these distinctions matter a lot in terms of the oppression and discrimination people have endured, but not in defining us otherwise.
But Bjd, aren't you glad to have learned the universal sign language for googling?
I didn't get that far.
Having traced my genealogy back about 200 years (I haven't found earlier records), I suppose that I don't need to do a DNA test. But from appearance, I am harder to guess. When I was younger, in Italy I was taken for Italian, in Spain I was asked for directions, in France I am assumed to be French, and in Poland, everyone assumed I was Polish. Maybe I should do that DNA test after all?
I am relatively confident that my genetic origins are mostly from France, Germany and Switzerland even though I am most often taken for Belgian or Dutch. Anyway, on my biological father's side, both of his parents were children of immigrants from the canton of Glarus in Switzerland, a relatively isolated and poor area, which was the reason that people wanted to leave the region. My mother's side was all from Lorraine and Alsace. But that area was overrun so many times over the centuries, that I think that all sorts of mixing is possible, from the Roman legions to the Teutons to why not the Huns?
I did one of these on a whim,but they're only as good as the quality of the information they're compared with, and how that's "granulated". In my case it told me much less than I've worked out over the years from existing paper records - it said 100% western European, whereas I know for a certainty that at least one ancestor some 7 or 8 generations back must have been an African slave in Jamaica.
On the other hand I was interested in the longer-term information on the "haplotype" movement out of Africa millennia ago. Both maternal and paternal types went north-east before at some point turning sharply west, either through Asia Minor or somewhere north of the Caucasus. But what turned them back, I wonder?
The test also indicated some genetic propensity for a couple of diseases that no-one in the family has ever had, AFAIK.
Well, I received the results of my DNA test today. Parts of me come from 5 of the 42 world regions that they use for classification.
So, I am :
80.5% west and northern European (that covers France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland and part of Austria). 7.7% Middle Eastern. Didn't see that coming! 6.4% English (but not Scottish, Irish or Welsh, which are different categories) 3.0% Finnish 2.4% Scandinavian
Interesting too that they group France, Benelux,Germany, Switzerland and part of Austria together, while they separate English, Scottish, Irish or Welsh. Sounds like bias toward the British Isles.
Not necessarily. I think island areas have more isolated DNA. Clearly it depends more on which areas have mixed the most and those that have not. Some of the categories on the list are extremely specific.
Here is the list showing all of the possible zone.
Sardinian is a separate group because it was fairly isolated from mainland Italy, much more than Sicily (which everyone from the Greeks, the Normans to the Berbers and Arabo-Berbers invaded) or Corsica from mainland Italy and France. Iberian seems to be a single group, though I'm surprised that there isn't a specific Basque group.
One of my relatives who did the test has some Arawak ancestry of all things.
I think some islands were overrun by everybody and others were ignored, go figure!
I thought it was interesting that there are so many African categories, so one must assume that the "tribes" did not mix with each other as much as might have been expected. I guess the terrain and the vegetation (and maybe even the risks of predators) kept a lot of the groups separate from each other.
So, the company sent me a list of distant relatives according to my DNA. Nearly all of them were from the United States, since of course that is where the greatest number of people have used that company for DNA testing. One was from Switzerland, which is of course the sort of thing that I expected. The person with the highest link to my DNA had the last name of Michel, which was the maiden name of my American grandmother.
Yes, they give you the complete name of all of these people with a clickable link if you want to contact them (but not their direct email, thank god). I have no intention of contacting anybody, yet at the same time, if anybody contacts me, I will be happy to tell them what I know.
Last week I ordered a simple vinyl record player so that I would feel less stupid about having kept all of my old vinyl records. I'm sure that there are forgotten treasures to discover, and it even has a USB plug for copying the music. It was delivered today, and I'll probably check it out tomorrow. It's cute, in a little carrying case. Made in Germany, of all places. It was 50% off.
Okay fine, but the deliveryman delivered two packages. They both definitely have my name on them. The other package contains a very sophisticated mixer/blender, clearly more expensive than my record player. I neither ordered, nor paid for it. And anyway, I already have a mixer/blender, probably not as nice as this one. I'm wondering how long it will be before they ask for it back. And if they don't?
I think you have to notify the company that it has been delivered in error. If they fail to reply or fail to arrange for it to be picked up within a certain time you can lawfully keep it. Obviously check you bank account to see if they have charged for it. It's happened to me a couple of times whereby once the wrong model of something was delivered and once an extra thing was. Both times I contacted the company and they told me just to keep them and in the first case they sent me the right thing later.
I confirmed delivery of my package online and added the information about a second package in the comment box. The question is how do they share information? I bought from a French company and was requested to acknowledge delivery to them, but the two cartons were clearly shipped directly from Germany according to all of the markings...