The Best Gift: Knowing Your Roots

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Since it takes 4 to 6 weeks to process, now is the perfect time to order a DNA Kit from Ancestry.com in time to have the results for the holidays and family get-togethers. It’s incredible to know exactly what your ethnic breakdown is, right down to the percentage point, and underscores how fortunate we are to live in this era. As a gift for a friend or loved one this season, it would be unforgettable.

Once you have your DNA breakdown, Ancestry matches you with people on their site with DNA similar to yours. I had no idea that there was a cousin on father’s side that I was unaware of, but there he was – we shared the same great grandmother. I was able to learn more about her family, and explore my mother’s side more in depth, too. Some relative links end in the 1800s or the 1600s or – in once case on my mother’s side – can go back all the way to the Roman Empire and the various Claudius titles. Exploring links becomes somewhat addictive because you never know who’ll pop up in your family tree, and sometimes the names thrill you.

Simply spit into a tube and send it back to Ancestry. Then track the results weeks later online, and your whole view of your family could change. If you ever needed proof that you should be treated like royalty, here’s your chance to furnish it. And if Lizzie Borden or Typhoid Mary should pop up in your family tree, don’t mention it over turkey this Thanksgiving. At least wait for dessert. To get your results, call 1-800-ANCESTRY or visit http://www.ancestry.com.

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