The number one question I get from family, friends, and colleagues is this:
"Hey Brianne, which ancestry test do you recommend?"
It's a simple question with a complex answer. Some people have blogged about the options (here and here) or written books. Others have put together comparison charts (here and here). Some groups have posed questions (here and here) not to answer the question but to give you more to think about before you decide.
After reading through all of these sources, you still might not know which test is best for you! The answer won't be the same for everyone, so there is no one-size-fits-all. This can be rather disappointing to those who are hoping for a simple expert opinion and straight shot to the right answer.
But no despairing because I have some solid advice. Before you order a test kit, take some time to learn what ancestry tests can provide in general. This 30-minute free webinar in which I talk the fastest I've ever talked in my life is a great starting point! Once you figure out your priorities and get a sense of what ancestry tests can and do provide, you'll have a better sense of what you are hoping to gain personally from the testing.
All of this can feel like a lot to navigate, which is why I want you to hire me to help you!
I enjoy working one-on-one with individuals so much. I get the chance to guide clients to a test - or help them set up a strategy for testing at multiple companies - that puts them in the driver's seat. Clients are aware of and in charge of what happens to their DNA and data and what types of information they get back from testing. We make the test or tests fit around the client's needs, rather than letting the marketing tactics of a testing company make the decision for the client.
Helping people become informed consumers before they test is the best and most rewarding part of my job, and I wish I could do more of it.
My recent offering of one-time "Which Test to Choose?" consults has proven to be very well-received. These are 45-minute phone calls (or video chats). We can talk about ancestry, genealogy, and health components to consumer test options. You guide the conversation so your questions get answered.
Think this might be for you? You can schedule your session online. I'd love to work with you!