You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard about Ancestry.com or similar companies that conduct DNA testing to track one’s heritage. Ads for the companies are prominently featured on broadcast television, streaming channels, and even on Amazon and FaceBook. Not only that, television programs like Dateline, 20/20, Dr Phil and even the news have done expose`s on how DNA testing has united families and been responsible for solving cold cases.
With all the buzz, how could one not be curious? I know I was! My curiosity finally got the better of me earlier this year. After one of the company’s numerous sales throughout the year, my husband purchased my test kit. Coming to the party late, both my parents had already submitted their samples, I kind of felt silly submitting it. I’d grown up knowing my father was “Irish” and my mother was “German” and their test results confirmed those beliefs. I didn’t anticipate any surprises, yet I found myself a little nervous when I received the e-mail that my test results were in.
My results indicate that my genetic composition is 39% from Ireland & Scotland, 29% Germanic Europe, 15% England, Wales & Northwestern Europe, 8% Baltics, 7% European Jewish and 2% Eastern Europe & Russia. This is a perfect split between my father and mother’s own profiles. Not only that, when it linked my profile to genetic matches in the system, it confirmed both my mother and father as my mother and father respectively. They’re stuck with me.
After reading the results, a calm set over me. I hadn’t realized how nervous I had been since submitting my DNA for testing. Why was I nervous? Because I witness how the trauma this technology can introduce into a family. At least once a week, I have a client who has had their DNA tested that has come back with a surprise. For some it’s that their father isn’t their father. For others, they learn a grandparent isn’t biologically related. Some have even found that they only share one parent with a sibling. In each case, the individual sitting with me has many questions. Questions they hope I can answer.
Unfortunately, more times than not I don’t have answers and can only shed a minimal amount of light on the situation. These scenarios are times when it becomes abundantly clear that even though a loved one has passed into a loving realm, his or her personality stays intact. With that in mind, here are a few of the reasons I and my clients don’t get answers:
In all cases, the individuals questioned could never conceive of a test that would prove someone’s biological make-up. Some wish it didn’t exist and many feel as though it may be better not to know.
Which leads to the question, is the testing a good thing? As I said, my results came back with no surprises so I’m not really a good judge. From what I witness with my clients and husband, who was surprised by some of his results, it makes me wonder. Perhaps one should just be prepared, you may open a can of worms… one that if you go to a medium, your loved ones may not be willing to shed light on.
Dawn Lynn is an EveryDay medium. She lives and breathes via her intuition, which as a fourth generation intuitive from a family of Spiritualists came easily. Her abilities became apparent in early childhood and were cultured by a supportive family. Through her Blogs and Vlogs, she wants to help you become the EveryDay medium too.