Top positive review
Well presented and very easy to do. Fascinating data
9 February 2019
UPDATED 9/4/19 following results. See below.
In recent months I’ve bought a couple of ancestry dna kits. Each offers something a little different and together, the data and information returned is building a complex and fascinating picture of my roots.
This kit is beautifully presented and if you were looking for a gift, it’s certainly quality packaging. The test itself is very easy to undertake. The kit has a unique identifier code and you need to register on the myheritage site in order to input the code and activate the test process. There are two vials with screwtops and two sterile sealed swabs. You open one swab pack and use the stick to wipe round the cheek inside your mouth for around a minute. Then drop the swab end into the vial, break off the stick and close firmly. Repeat for other cheek, then place both vials in the supplied bag and seal in provided envelope.
The contents are returned to Houston, Texas (postage was £3.30 air mail). Results are promised within 4 to 6 weeks and I’ll update this review with detail of the information they give. So far, very impressed and believe the data will add to the detail of my family background. I already know my Haplogroup and subclade from another test, so this will, I hope, give more information about specific areas.
Results took longer than expected, but MyHeritage did keep me informed about delay (some systems upgrade).
The data is very easy to follow and supports findings from other two tests. The ethnicity details are more refined than on Ancestry, with a lot of very specific data about European and Central American background. I’m impressed by the accuracy and even more impressed by a list of >2500 DNA matches by name and location. Various system tools allow you to identify relatives by country, ethnicity or closeness of match. Contact is free, access to their trees etc requires membership. There are three levels depending on what info you require. Currently, I’ve just used free contact to find out more info directly from individuals who are happy to help. MyHeritage has provided more contacts than Ancestry and there’s less American bias. Overall, I think this was a worthwhile investment and it’s added a lot of interesting background to the other tests. I’m happy to recommend as either a starter kit as a taster and potentially an invaluable tool for more detailed genealogy. You can upload raw data too.