What You Can Learn about Yourself for Less than $100
The big craze now is Ancestry test kits. Search YouTube videos and you’ll find thousands of videos on Ancestry. But did you know that those tests aren’t exactly accurate? Many people see their results and want more information. If this is you, you’re missing out on a world of information.
What else can I do with Ancestry.com results?
You can find all sorts of things by getting an ancestry test, including obtaining a large data file containing a world of information. Using this information, you can find the locations of your ancestors, and you have access to over 200 pages of your genes, showing you whether you’re at higher or lower risk for:
- Heart attacks, Cancer, Alzheimers
- Sleep disorders
- Depression & Anxiety
- Diseases of the organs
- Marijuana & cocaine addiction
- Medications not working
- Disorders of kidneys, liver, etc.
- Hundreds of other things in searchable categories
Also, you can find a layout of where your ancestors lived amongst populations of people. You may think your Ancestry results are “enough information”, but there’s a lot more you can find out than what’s on the results.
- Are your parents related?
- Compare your family’s DNA to yours
- Find others who share your DNA
- View ancient DNA ancestry
- Building a family tree is optional (Ancestry.com)
Where to Start
1- Order your ancestry kit. You may find it on sale during various times of the year. Normal cost: About $100. If the price is lower on the link below, there’s a sale and you should grab a kit quickly.
2- Wait 4-6 weeks typically, for your results to be emailed to you.
3- When results come in, ooh and ahh over the results. We will break those down even more later using another tool. Go to your Ancestry desktop, click Settings. Click download “Raw DNA” file.
4- Download the file and save to your desktop. If it’s a Zip file, that’s ok. Don’t unzip it.
5- Go to Promethease.com. Look for “Upload Raw Data”. Upload for $5.00. An email will be sent to you when your data is done processing.
6- Wait for your file to upload. You’ll receive an email when the report is done. Don’t close your browser window.
7- Now go to Gedmatch.com and create an account so you can upload your raw data file for free. To upload: Click Generic Upload Fast. Upload your file. Wait for the results. Don’t close your browser.
When you get the notification through your email that your upload is complete, click the link in the email to view your report. (*Don’t print the report unless you have over 200 pages worth of ink/paper in your printer.) Red outlines will display around genes that you have that show things what you’re at risk for.
Don’t panic! Just because you carry a gene doesn’t mean you have that disease or condition. It means that your gene is found in many other people that carry a specific disease, usually found in studies. You’ll see genes that show you have both increased and decreased risk for certain things. One bad gene can be cancelled out by another gene. So, it’s important not to panic or self diagnose. This is just to educate you on which genes you carry. Not what you currently have, or what you’ll definitely get in the future. To view more of an explanation of each finding, a link beside each gene code will bring you to a description of the SNP (gene code) to read a little more.
Grey: Unknown, indifferent, or not enough info is known about that gene
1) Write down your kit # that you’re assigned when you uploaded your file.
2) Click Admixture Heritage on the home page.
3) Select a category.
Tip: Use Eurogenes if you’re mostly European (English, German, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Norwegian, etc..). Select Ethiohelix if you’re African American & European descent. For Jewish ancestry try the Eurogenes Jtest. For Asian origins, try the HarrappaWorld project.
FYI- The number in the calculator name (Ex: K13) indicates how many reference populations are included in that calculator that you’re comparing your DNA to. The higher the number, the more reference populations are included in the results table and pie chart.
4) Select Admixture Proportions (with link to oracle)
5) Type in the kit # you were given. Leave Autosomal highlighted. Continue.
4) Select a Calculator. Find out more about calculators here.
In this case, since I’m mostly European, I’ll use Eurogenes, and K13.
*Your results will vary based on which calculator you use, and how many regions are involved.
5) Your results here will show 13 regions that are matched, with percentages reflected in the pie chart.
An example is shown here:
6) Click Oracle, which will show you distances, from closest to furthest away. The closer the distance, the closer the match of your DNA to that population.
Play around with the different calculators and charts. Ancestry is a big topic of research, so plan to invest time in learning the ins and outs.
More Gedmatch Data
Go back to your home page to find an eye color match, DNA shared with others, compare kits to see if you’re related, and more.
To get started, you need an ancestry test. Go to the Amazon link below and order one securely through your own amazon account.