Family Tree DNA had a sale last week, so I bit the bullet and recruited my family for some cheek scrapin' fun times. Drafted on my team were my dad, my aunt, and my maternal grandparents. Not wanting to be left out of the fun, I went and ordered myself a mtDNA test and Family Finder just to see what happens.
My test kit came this week:
Inside were three cheek scrapers. When you're done, the stick is used to plunge little swab into the little jar. It's an easy process.
Then you send everything back.
Yes, they're right down the road from me. That's one of the reasons I chose this company. Shop local, they say.
What do I expect from this process? I have no idea. I'm still trying to grasp the possibilities and scenarios that arise from having this DNA information. I do know that I couldn't wait until I learned everything before getting my family samples done. Test now, figure it out later.
Special thanks to my parents for funding this adventure and for my family members for being the guinea pigs. I honestly can't tell you what we're going to learn about ourselves from this exercise, but the possibilities make it necessary to take the step.
I sent my own test back today. I'll let you know how it goes....