"I chose the “family finder” autosomal DNA test from Family Tree DNA, which boasts having the world’s largest DNA database of its kind. It’s the most basic of the tests. Y-DNA and MtDNA testing, which dig deeper into ancestral parental and maternal lines, are far more expensive.

I dutifully swabbed my cheeks with Q-tips as instructed in late December, and off they went. The results came back in late February, but I did not get around to looking at them until recently."