My Journey, Part 2

It all started with this small sample of saliva!

This journey really is a process! I just want to quickly update you all while I am in the literal middle of waiting for my results. {If you are just joining me here and you’d like to get caught up on the start of my DNA search, read here for Part 1 of the journey.}

It all started with this small sample of saliva!
It all started with this small sample of saliva!
Photo credit: Dee Dean

I really like receiving information in real-time. So, I have found it helpful to receive text updates from Ancestry to let me know where we are in the process:

The timeline of my DNA process on
The timeline of my DNA process on
Photo credit: Denedriane Dean

I have received a text each time one of these steps has been checked off. Today is the 28th, and as you can see above, DNA analysis has begun…woohoo! Incidentally, this is the fascinating stuff they did to extract my DNA from the saliva sample that I sent, to get it ready to analyze (from the website):

“How exactly do we separate your DNA from your saliva? It’s pretty simple. First, we get rid of the stuff we don’t want: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Then we save the stuff we do want—your DNA—by binding it to glass or magnetic beads. Your DNA then gets washed, removed from the beads, and is ready for analysis.”

As quickly as thing have been moving since I sent in my sample on January 3 (yes, I sent it in the same day I received it, lol), I am almost sure that I will get my results before February 13. Additionally, when the results are ready, I will receive access to them online, right away. And yep, I will be sharing those results in Part 3! 🙂

Have you done a DNA analysis before using Ancestry or another service? I would love to hear about your experience. Let me know in the comments below!

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2 Replies to “My Journey, Part 2”

  1. I have always wanted to do this! Can’t wait to read part 3!

    1. It is kind of exciting Jen! Just a few days left until I find out 🙂

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