I was asked if I wanted a free MyHeritage DNA Kit and I thought definitely! In fact when I told my mother and sister, my sister asked if I had gotten two! It was very simple to do at home, the kit comes with a collection DNA kit that takes less than 5 minutes to do. I always love seeing the commercials and ads talking about how you can find out your heritage with a simple sample of DNA.
MyHeritage DNA Kit
It contained two swabs to swab each side of your mouth and a collection kit to seal it up and mail away, it was as simple as that. Once mailed it takes about 4 weeks for your results. You can create an account at MyHeritage.com and track your sample and what stage it is in. Once your DNA sample testing is done and the results are ready you will receive an email link to your results.
MyHeritage DNA Results
I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting as I had never really looked into a DNA kit. I have never really known a lot in regards to my heritage. My mother’s father was adopted and I don’t know a whole lot about my biological father. When my kids would ask about their heritage for projects at school I never really knew what to tell them. So it is nice to be able to give them an answer to that question. In addition to the above I did get some information in regards to my results.
North and West European
MyHeritage Family Tree
You can then review your instant discoveries, smart matches and record matches, adding more and more people to your tree. The more people you add the more matches you find. I found myself staying up hours into the night looking at my record matches which are usually marriage licenses, death records, census records, and more. I had about 35 record matches and 100 smart matches to go through and I was determined to clean it up and get through them all. I just about did and hit the hay. When I woke up the next morning I had over 200 more record matches and over 2000 smart matches. By just adding a handful of people to my tree MyHeritage found many records for me to review.
Smart and Record Matches
You can see here that MyHeritage has found 2,703 different matches for 261 people in my tree. I can now manually go through the matches and see if there is any important information I want to add to my tree, or if I want to confirm a match. It may take me some time to get through all the matches but it is amazing how fast my tree can grow. To review a match you will see your tree information and the match side by side. From there you will see any differences and you can either pull it over to your tree or decide to leave it as is. For example looking at my match below, you can see that I only had a year for his birth date. However on my match there is an actual date. I simply hit the arrow to bring over the information and my tree will be updated.
My family tree currently has 510 people. I can find all kinds of cool statistics about my tree. Some of this may need to be researched, for example it is very possible that oldest living person is not living I just haven’t entered a date of death. Either way it is so fun to see where you came from and build your tree. I highly recommend both the MyHeritage DNA Kit to get started with and a subscription to really work on building an amazing family tree!