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Are DNA Kits the Thing? – Finding Out Where We’re From!

DNA kits are in! ….according to us.

We should start off by saying we’ve been wanting to find out where we’re from for a long time. Especially me! Hi, I’m Ariana if you didn’t already know. Since the day Hannah and I met, I’ve been talking about not knowing exactly where in the world I come from. I’m always asking myself why that even bothers me. I suppose I’m just nosy and need to know everything. A few years ago, my dad told me to dig deeper into finding out where we come from so that I can tell my future children. I never considered that before he told me this. Now I’m like, I need to know everything!

Knowing where we’re from plays an important role.

Thanks to 23andMe, we finally get some answers! The process is operated into 2 steps.

Step 1: They send you the kit, you register the kit with the instructions provided in the kit, provide a saliva sample, send it back and boom, you’re done with step 1.

Step 2: After waiting 6-8 weeks, you’ll get an email with your detailed results.

During this waiting period, We’ve been speculating on where we think we’re from just from talking to our parents and getting some brief family background. So why don’t we just go ahead and play a little guessing game?

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Ariana:

I think I’m from the following places…

  • Africa: So I realize this is probably obvious but Africa is huge so I don’t really know where in Africa I’m from. Maybe Nigeria as speculated by my dad or South Africa as speculated by my mom.
  • France: My last name “Offray” is French, which is passed down from my dad’s side of the family. I did some brief research on my ancestry, and I was able to trace my dad’s last name to an ancestor who came to America from France in the late 1800’s. Luckily, my last name isn’t common here in the U.S. so there’s a very high chance that anyone who has it is probably my family.
  • Spain: During my time researching my ancestry, my mom’s side of the family had a lot of Spanish sounding names. The further back I looked, the more Spanish the names started to sound. I’m more familiar with my dad’s French ancestry so I was a bit confused. My mom doesn’t know much about her ancestry so she was as surprised as I was with this information.

Now would be a good time to mention that my family is from New Orleans. For as far back as I can remember, my family has always been in New Orleans. For those of who who aren’t familiar with New Orleans, at it’s start, it was colonized by the French and the Spanish, making the city a melting pot of French, Spanish, African and American people. It was later sold to America in 1803 during the Louisiana Purchase.

Anyway, let’s get back on track. Africa, France and Spain are my main guesses. I am 100% open to surprises because the truth is, I have no idea where my ancestry will take me.

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Hannah:

I think I’m from the following places…

  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Britain 

Literally the only reason why I think I’m from these places is because my parents told me. We can’t trace back any family members necessarily, because literally everyone has been American as far back as anyone knows. Honestly, this information pretty much got to me from a multi-generational game of telephone, so who even knows. My grandmother swears we have roots to the first Jamestown colony (which is pretty revolting) so I guess we’ll see if any of my relatives actually know what they’re talking about. Ultimately, my prediction is that I’ll be European which is, I know, shocking.

One thing I am really excited about is traveling to all of the regions both of us are connected to. Between the two of us, we’ll have quite the bucket list for when we can start our world travels!

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Until next time,

Ariana & Hannah

 

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29 Comments

  • Reply Marcie March 19, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I’m obsessed with genealogy research! It’s such a fun way to learn a bit more about your family history. My husband is Chinese and I’m hitting so many road blocks trying to do his genealogy!

    • Reply theangelinos March 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      It’s so exciting! We only know what our parents have told us and they aren’t positive. So we’re prepared to be surprised for sure!

  • Reply it's Carmen March 19, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Ahh so exciting! I did my test last year & most I knew, but some still surprised me! Both of you will love it!

    • Reply theangelinos March 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      We’re 100% prepared to be surprised!

  • Reply Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com March 20, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I’ve been wanting to do the DNA test for the longest time especially since our ancestry is a mix of so many nationalities, according to the older relatives, many of whom have now passed away. I look forward to reading the next update about your test results.

    • Reply theangelinos March 20, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      We have both been curious for a while now. We’re excited to finally get some answers vs. playing a guessing game. We hope you get some answers one day as well.

  • Reply atruthfultraveler March 20, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I’ve been wanting to do this for so long! It is so cool to figure out where your family is from, especially when you have no clue. I can’t wait for you to post your results!

    • Reply theangelinos March 20, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      You should totally look into doing it! We’re super excited about what our results may be.

  • Reply Christine @ The Eco Lifestyle March 20, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I am ALL mixed up from the Caribbean. I want to do this!

  • Reply Rachel Gault (@rachelgault) March 20, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    So fun! I sent my DNA kit in but they came back and said inconclusive so I have to resend it in. Ugh!

  • Reply Cat Chiang March 21, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Oooh how exciting! I’ll be interested to see what the results are!

  • Reply dcvaughan March 21, 2018 at 9:23 am

    How fun! My husband and I have DNA kits at home that we need to mail off! I’m excited to see how our results turn out!

  • Reply littleslifeandlaughter March 21, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    My husband really wants to do this! I do have an idea on my mother’s side but since I’m adopted, my paternal side is unknown. It really is a huge mystery but would be cool to find out!

  • Reply Bina March 21, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    That is really dope! I gotta look into this and maybe do one myself

  • Reply hauntedhousewife March 22, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Your pictures always speak to me, tbh. I’m excited for you to get your results! I’ve been wanting to try DNA kits too but I never know which one to try first. I may just spend the cash and try all of them at once lol

    • Reply theangelinos March 22, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Omg, what a sweet compliment! we try. Tbh, we’ve watched a few review videos comparing some popular DNA kits and we must say, we really like 23andMe’s process and platform. We haven’t tried any others to say for sure but all we can say is we love it!

  • Reply Emily Beeson March 22, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I came for the review, I stayed for the stunning pics. Brb, gotta follow you on every social media platform now. xx

    • Reply theangelinos March 22, 2018 at 11:58 am

      omg, how sweet are you? 😊 Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Jennifer Penas March 22, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I finally mailed in my DNA kit and now I have to be patient and wait the 6-8 weeks for my results! I’m so excited!

    • Reply theangelinos March 22, 2018 at 11:59 am

      We’re right with you! we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we get the results sooner than 6 weeks.

  • Reply Jewish Chick March 22, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I’m SO hesitant to do this; I feel like companies like this are building some sort of data bank about us to use in the future!

    • Reply theangelinos March 22, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      This is understandble. In our experience, 23andMe was 100% transparent about their process from the very start. They have a pretty extensive questionnare which helps them gather information about us to better our own DNA results. It sounds like every question they ask is to give us more information on our own personal DNA and of course our answers/permission gives them more information about DNA as a whole.

  • Reply Christia Colquitt March 22, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    This is so interesting. I have never heard of DNA kits before. I would love to know more about my family history.

  • Reply lilflowermama March 23, 2018 at 10:54 am

    It is so fun to learn where you come from I think and I agree DNA kits are way cool!

  • Reply Heather March 23, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I’ve been toying with doing this for some time. I have a good idea of my mom’s side, but my dad’s family always said ‘we’re American.’ Well, yes, I get that, but our ancestors came from somewhere outside of the U.S. Now I’m more curious.

    • Reply theangelinos March 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

      You should totally go for it! it’s exciting finding out more information about yourself.

  • Reply Jerneja March 23, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    This sounds so cool! I would love to try this out, although I think basically all my ancestors were Slavic since they didn’t move around that much lol.

  • Reply Toni March 24, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I so want to do this! I’m very interested in my genealogy since I’ve heard various information my whole life. It’s on my bucket list for this year!!

  • Reply NicoleShillings March 25, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I am so curious about those DNA tests. I bet half of the stuff my parents told me is incorrect.

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