Why did you take the AncestryDNA test? I took it hoping to find some relations that might assist in overcoming brick walls. There is nothing I would like more than to shatter the brick wall on my O’Connell ancestors. Even though I broke down one wall last year, another sits in its place.
I have spent some time thinking about the AncestryDNA test the past few days. I know that with companies like 23 and Me, there are many reasons to take the test and some do not include genealogy. I know, shocking! But, going with 23 and Me makes sense to find out about your possible health concerns. So, when a genealogist reaches out to the person who took the test for that specific reason and they reply nicely that they are not interested. We can understand that and maybe plant a little seed letting them know that if they become interested to feel free to make contact in the future.
What I do not understand is that when you took the AncestryDNA it was obviously for ancestral information. Trying to find family links, reaching out for the unknown. On my personal test results, I have 3 people who are in the 95-96% range for being related. I have reached out to each of these individuals hoping that we can try to work on finding a common ancestor together. Each of these people replied kindly and thanked me for reaching out and wished me luck in my research. But, they did not seem very interested in finding that common ancestor.
One email in particular I had found a common name and was hoping that we would work together to see if that is where we relate. Again, same reply good luck in your search.
I get it, many took the test because Ancestry was kind enough to offer it for free. If its free, why not take it? There is a reason behind the test and I am hoping that as more people take the test the more matches will become available to those that would like to truly make a connection and assist each other with finding a common ancestor.
Disclosure: I received my test from AncestryDNA free. They offered the test to a certain number of subscribers and I was lucky enough to be one. I was not compensated for any of my reviews / posts on the subject. Also, this post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase the AncestryDNA test through the link, I will be compensated with a small percentage of the sale.