DNA testing | part 1

Submitting my info to DNA as someone who is adopted. I'm excited to find out some information! | via The Spirited Violet

I feel really lucky in adoption in that my parents knew my biological mother growing up and I felt integrated in many ways in my biological family before I met them.  As a child, my parents put me in piano lessons when I expressed interest because my biological mother had been good at piano and my parents bought me a camera because my biological Uncle had been a photographer.  In that way, I had a very unique, but healthy adoption experience.  I always appreciated my parents fostering my interest in genealogy pursuits and in building relationships with my biological family.

Since I was a child, I’ve wondered what the full story was on my ancestry since I decided not to pursue paternity testing.  I’ve tracked ancestry testing since middle school, but I was always skeptical on if I felt like the technology matched the ancestry tools available.  Recently, I started realizing that technology + prices had reached a kind of sweet spot and seeing another adoptee pursue this for herself made me realize it was time to figure out my DNA testing results! DNA Results: exploring my results as someone who is adopted | via The Spirited DNA Results: exploring my results as someone who is adopted | via The Spirited DNA Results: exploring my results as someone who is adopted | via The Spirited Violet

I chose DNA testing because I have an account on there already with the information I have from my biological family and adopted family and I would be curious to get genealogy matches.  The box says that the results should be back in our mailbox within 4-6 weeks; I’m pretty excited so I am hoping it gets here in less time.  I’m hoping after I get my results back that others in our families will start taking the test too!
Part 2: Getting my test results back
Part 3: What I have learned 4 months post-results

Have you ever thought about getting ancestry testing?  Any guesses on what I will get?

  • This is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear about your results! Hoping it’s a positive outcome for you!

    • Thanks Paige! In true form, I totally cried when I put it in the mailbox because I was so excited! 🙂

  • This is so cool! I’m excited to hear your results!! I should talk to my dad about doing this, I don’t think we even know who his biological father is.

    • I always love talking to your family about adoption because they have the best stories + they totally get it. If you got the DNA testing or had one of your kids do it, it would be awesome to what branches y’all have + get the info from your Dad’s line. It would be pretty easy since you could compare it to mine.

  • Rachel G

    That’s really interesting that this is an area of special fascination for you! I bet you’ll get some interesting results back. My grandma was adopted out of an abusive home when she was 9 years old, so we know a lot about all branches of our family, going way back, except for hers. Especially because of her feelings about and memories of her parents, no one has ever been really interested in trying to track that branch down. I know only very tiny bits and pieces from the rare times that she talks about her biological family.

    • I never had an interest in pursuing my paternal line as an adult which is why this was appealing to me. I was well taken care of prior to adoption so I did not have hard feelings; I stay in contact with my Aunt and her family because they are emotionally healthy. If I had been mistreated, I don’t think I would have been interested in knowing anything either except for the purpose of feeling more resolved. I feel like it was much harder in previous generations because there wasn’t access to mental health care, but adoption seemed to be more common.

      I actually run a family history website for my family (adopted) and I’ve always loved collecting this information because I love stories!

  • This is awesome! I think it would be really interesting to get DNA testing and learn more about your history and where you came from. Even as someone who isn’t adopted, it would be fascinating to do something like this. I don’t know much about my family past my great-grandparents.

    • I think you should totally pursue it!! I love genealogy and it is amazing how much pride it gives you to learn more about yourself and the people that made you YOU! 🙂

  • Oh wow! That is so interesting and I hope that it works out for you and you have a cool family history 🙂 Haha maybe I’ll try that sometime!

    • I have been so excited about this! It will be a fun adventure 🙂

  • Nataile Brown

    I find this DNA testing to be absolutely fascinating! I’m looking forward to reading your results. 🙂

    • Thanks Natalie! I keep checking the mailbox every day even though I KNOW it isn’t here yet 😉