What to Do Once You Get Your DNA Results
Getting a DNA test can be an exciting time, because there are a number of things it can help you to understand. Some people perform DNA tests to help find their families; some get them to know more about whom they are; some people just get them for the novelty effect. No matter the reason, once you’ve received the results, it can be a little overwhelming. You can do many things with the results, but few people know what those things are. Here’s what to do when you’re ready to take that next step in interpreting and utilizing those results.
Find out how to interpret the results
Obviously, interpreting the results of your DNA test is an important first step. Different DNA tests will give you different information, so you have to determine what your particular test was testing for. If it’s an ancestry test, it’ll likely give you information about the geographic area your ancestors came from, often in the form of ethnic groups. If it’s more focused on your health and wellness, it may give you information on what genetic conditions you’re predisposed to, or even conditions that you already have; this can be important information to take to your doctor if you’re worried about certain things.
Usually, your DNA test results will have a short guide to interpreting them. However, if there’s lots of jargon or it’s laid out in an unfamiliar way, you may want to take to a search engine to understand the words being used. Either way, once you analyze the information, you’ll have much more information about yourself. However, there are plenty of ways to take that even further.
Talk to a family member about your DNA test results
Sometimes, DNA tests can turn up things that you never knew about, such as a substantial percentage of an ethnicity you didn’t know ran in your family. It’s important to note though that DNA tests aren’t perfect, so it’s normal for them to turn up a percentage or two of something you’re sure doesn’t run in your family. Anything 10% on up is usually on track and worth investigating further. Similarly, if you find certain genetic predispositions to illness on a DNA test, you might want to ask around and see if any of your relatives have had that illness.
Find family members you weren’t aware of before now
If you start asking around because you found some previously unknown information, you may find answers tough to get in some instances. Perhaps certain things have been hidden from you for good reason. They may have to do with an estranged or deceased family member that nobody talks about. In these cases, curiosity often sets in as you vow to find out as much as you can.
When you find some information on a family member that nobody has a way to contact, or wants to contact, you can use an online people search to get further information. PeopleFinders allows you to search for people using just their name; you can get information such as phone numbers and email addresses, so you have a way to contact those you’ve discovered. Even if all you have is an old phone number, you can try a reverse phone lookup to find information. Another idea is to look up your own name and get information on potentially related people. It’s an extremely easy process, and it can help you get in contact with people who may have important information about your family origins.
Getting the results of a DNA test can be an extremely exciting time, and you may want to take that information and dig deeper into your family history and origins. If you look a little bit deeper, you may be able to find information on family members you didn’t even know existed. If you’ve found an anomaly and you end up finding something regarding lost family members, you can use PeopleFinders to find those family members and get to know a bit more about where you came from.
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