As many of you know, I was selected (along with my sister-in-law) with 250 people to host an Ancestry DNA House Party this June! I am really interested in finding out lots of information about my family history through this neat, innovative service. What’s even better is that since my sister-in-law was also selected to host, our boys will be able to have results for both sides of their family! It will be such a fun thing to share with them as they get older and to share with our relatives now!
This was my first time participating in a DNA test and it was really quick and easy! Shortly after House Party notified them of my spot as a host, I received an e-mail letting me know my DNA collection kit has been shipped along with a tracking number. Once my kit arrived, I was very curious to see what was inside!
The kit includes the following items:
- An instructional pamphlet
- The actual DNA collection kit in a sealed container
- A Biohazard bag to place the kit inside upon return
- A small, postage-paid box to return the DNA sample to Ancestry.com
Each kit comes with a unique activation code, which you enter into your Ancestry.com profile to keep track of your sample and link the test to you once it’s been analyzed. The activation code is printed on the box and the collection container, but it’s a good idea to write it down just to have it for safe keeping. After you enter your activation code in your profile, you’re ready to leave your DNA sample. You basically just spit into a little tube. It took about 2 minutes for me to spit enough into the tube. (They provide a little line that shows how much saliva they need in order to perform the test.) Once you’ve completed this step, you screw the lid on the sample collection tube tightly. When it’s all the way on, a light-blue fluid is released into the saliva. You shake it for a few sections to make sure it mixes well. This solution ensures that your DNA sample will be preserved for testing once it reaches Ancestry.com’s facility. The next step is to place the tube into the silver biohazard bag and seal it. Then, place the bag into the provided box. The return postage is paid, so you just have to put the box in your mailbox and then wait 6-8 weeks for the results!
After about 4-5 days, you should receive an e-mail from Ancestry.com to let you know they’ve received your sample. They are able to notify you via e-mail throughout the process as your DNA test and and sample make their way through the process until you have your final results.
I am SO excited to find out my results and share them with friends and family at our House Party in June. If you’re in the area and would like to come to our party to learn more about this really neat services and enjoy some fun games and prizes, let me know! I will be sharing my results in another post once I find out. Stay tuned 🙂
Disclaimer: The AncestryDNA kit and service retails for $99.00. You can find more information about this product at Ancestry.com. I received my kit for free in exchange for hosting a party and sharing my results with friends and family as part of the House Party pact I agreed to. To learn more about how you can participate in fun parties, visit HouseParty.com to sign up!