Win a DNA Test for Mother’s Day! #momsdna

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Each of us gets about half our DNA from our mother and half from our father, so it’s really no surprise that we can all think of characteristics and traits that we’ve received from our mothers.

Growing up, I always admired my mother’s sense of optimism. It didn’t matter what was happening in her life, she was always thinking of the best case scenario. She never allowed herself to be dragged into thinking about “what if?” The funny thing is that most of the time, things worked out just as she hoped and imagined. I like to think that her positive outlook has passed to me. I hope that, in turn, I will pass that on to my own children.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we want to hear about the best qualities you’ve inherited from your mothers. Whether it’s a sense of punctuality, or life lessons, our mothers’ DNA will always be with us. One lucky user will be chosen to win a MyHeritage DNA kit, to advance their family history journey.

We decided to kick off the competition by asking MyHeritage employees to tell us their favorite characteristics that they’ve received from their mothers. Watch the video with their answers here:

Ready for a chance to win? Share one trait that you’ve received from your mother in the comments below using the hashtag #momsdna. We’ll choose one winner and highlight some of our favorites in a blog post.

We look forward to reading your entries! How will you celebrate next week?

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  • Kimberly Little


    May 9, 2017

    I always admired my mother’s strength. She pressed through many a difficult times, from pregnancy before marriage (with me), cheating & alcoholic husbands, 3 rambunctious kids, raising them without a responsible man many a times, working 2 full time jobs to put food on the table and now alzheimers. I hope I press through as gallantly as she does when faced with difficult days, I think I do, but I think she did it better.

  • Heather L Spence


    May 9, 2017

    #momsdna
    I love that I got my moms striking blue eyes

  • MARY


    May 9, 2017

    #momsdna

    I am adopted and have 2 daughters. Ive never met my biological mom. My aunt raised me after the only ‘mom’ I knew passed away when I was 11. So, I’ve been blessed with 2 women who were my moms, I’d like to believe that I carry empathy/understanding from my biological mom. I imagine no matter the circumstance, it may have been a difficult decision for her. By carrying empathy in my heart for others, I hope I honor her this Mother’s Day..just like all those before. Knowing who I belong to, what tribe I am from, where my footprints originated from would be an amazing gift not only for me, but for my daughters too. Thanks in earnest and warm regards to all celebrating moms.

  • April Wagner


    May 9, 2017

    I inherited my mother’s compassionate nature. #momsdna

  • Sheridan Turpin


    May 9, 2017

    #momsdna

    My mom passed on my love of history and learning about other cultures. I think that’s part of why I am so interested in our family’s genealogy.

  • Michael K


    May 9, 2017

    Stocky build; blond and blue eye; sauerkraut an brautworst. #momsdna

  • LDC


    May 9, 2017

    I’ve inherited my mom’s strength and perseverance. #momsdna

  • Brad Pizzati


    May 9, 2017

    I inherited my mom’s big heart!
    #momsdna

  • Kristin G


    May 9, 2017

    #momsdna I inherited her smile!

  • Janice M. Sellers


    May 9, 2017

    I got my interest in family history from my mother. I grew up knowing the names, birthday, and anniversaries of all my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. #momsdna

  • Cathy Walters


    May 10, 2017

    Love of Mysteries #momsdna

  • marie keep


    May 10, 2017

    #momsdna

    I received many traits from my mum but the one that I think is the most beneficial to me is learning when to keep my mouth shut and to not interfere with my childrens parenting methods. They have to learn by their own mistakes.

  • Teryl


    May 10, 2017

    I loved my mother’s loyalty to family–no matter what!
    #momsdna

  • Brenda Witten


    May 10, 2017

    #momsdna
    First I inherited my mom’s gray hair, if I didn’t dye it. More importantly, her love of family and faith in God. Her talents in cooking and sewing.

  • Margo Heck


    May 10, 2017

    Love of family and heirlooms.

  • Aleksandra


    May 10, 2017

    These days I live very far from mom’s house. However, the farther I am, the more I realize how much I have learned from my mother. I wrote about it here: http://ourfavtreats.blogspot.com/2015/03/things-i-learned-from-my-mum.html
    #momsdna

  • Dawn Carlile


    May 10, 2017

    Like my mom, I am a survivor.
    #momsdna

  • Pat Radtke


    May 11, 2017

    #momsdna

    Mom gave me her love and interest in family history.

  • Bob kobashigawa


    May 11, 2017

    I inherited my moms eyes, my physical phenotype,my love for animals, and cooking,I also like spicy food like she does, and I’m meek, not quick to argue.

    Bob #momsdna

  • Kim skinner


    May 11, 2017

    From my biological mother I received my body type and my German sence of humor. From my adoptive mom I received my belief in equality and generosity. They both made me who I am.
    #momsdna

  • Solvor B. Tellefsen


    May 11, 2017

    #momsdna
    I got my green eyes from my mom. And her weird sence of humour!

  • Elisha D


    May 11, 2017

    Growing up I wished I’d had a dollar for everytime someone said “You must be Suzann’s daughter” noticing the similarities in our faces, but now I’m most grateful to her for passing down empathy and compassion. #momsdna

  • Susan Terral


    May 11, 2017

    I inherited my mom’s slim build. #momsdna

  • Brenda Rose


    May 11, 2017

    I want this!!

  • Alfreda Paiva


    May 11, 2017

    #momsdna Perseverance. My mother doesn’t quit and I am so glad that I inherited that trait. The super cool thing is I believe I passed that on to my children because I see that quality in them as well. Despite obstacles and challenges, we persist to meet our goals. Thanks mom <3

  • Penney White


    May 11, 2017

    I have three mothers, all I love very much and hold special meaning in my life. My biological mom I’ll spend time having coffee and bagels just enjoying valuable time with before it’s too late. My foster mom from years ago that made a huge impact on my life I will send a loving message to reminding her she is loved, appreciated and remembered. Finally, my mother-in-law whom recently passed away after being lovingly in my life for 25 years; I will spend some time helping her three daughters and my friends get through their first Mothers Day without her. In all this, I will be loved by my three children and they will learn the importance of moms.

  • Sara


    May 11, 2017

    #momsdna I got the great sense of humor

  • Mikaela


    May 12, 2017

    #momsdna

    I inherited my mom’s strength, stubbornness, kindness, generousity, and non-talent for singing!

  • Nancy AllisFoster


    May 12, 2017

    I inherited my Mom’s love of the past – and the inability to toss out anything others considered too “old” to be useful. Thanks to her I have a beautiful display cabinet of my family’s porcelain and china items as well as hundreds of old photos #momsdna

  • Lidia McColey


    May 12, 2017

    #momsdna
    My mom’s ability to overcome huge obstacles.

  • Liselotte Laurila


    May 12, 2017

    #momsdna my moms “you can do anything”-attitude. And that to every problem there is a solution and that problemsolving actually is fun, doesn’t matter if it is how to fix a broken car or how to try to save an over cooked steak 🙂

  • Amanda


    May 12, 2017

    #momsdna

    I was adopted when I was a baby. For such a long time a didn’t have a clue of my origins, despite people always asked me if I am descendent from indigenous tribes, because of my looking. I still don’t know if the answer to this question is yes. But one thing I know I inherited from my mom is the courage to always look forward, not back.

  • Christine Hanisch


    May 12, 2017

    #momsdna
    From my mother I inherited ductility and strong feelings for the family.
    I’m grateful for all she has done for our family!

  • Joy D.


    May 12, 2017

    I am thankful to my mother for transmitting to me her inner strength, Christian faith, and love of reading. #momsdna

  • Pauline Brook


    May 12, 2017

    #momsdna
    I believe I’ve inherited my mom’s tenaciousness. She never gave up when it came to her family. She had severe arthritis but always took tare of us even if it meant crawling on her hands and knees and with 6 kids and a husband, it was allot of work. She was also selfless, always giving and very rarely receiving. I gave my first daughter up for adoption at birth but never gave up hope and we were reunited when she was 25. When my mom met her she said “Now that I’ve met you, I can die”. Freaked my daughter out, but that was my mom 🙂

  • anthony


    May 12, 2017

    There’s definitely one major trait I inherited from my mom: exuberance.
    Unlike many other moms, my mom is just rowdy and wacky…. and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree at all with me. #momsdna

  • Joan Meyer


    May 13, 2017

    My Mother has always been my best friend. She has shown love and caring for all those she has ever met. Although her childhood was difficult she never let it take her down. She always saw the positive in everyone. Now that she is 102 years of age, I now visit her often and she is always so happy to see us come. She is my mentor in life.

  • Lauren Davis


    May 13, 2017

    #momsdna
    I got my sense of honor from my Mom. She has a sad and short life, with people who had little honor. Despite her treatment, honor remained important to her and she imparted that sense to me. I hope I’ve lived my life as honorably as she.

  • Ondřej S


    May 13, 2017

    #momsdna
    I got after my mom brown eyes and great fat burning.

  • Chris


    May 13, 2017

    I love that I must have inherited the whole segment of DNA relating to facial features as everyone has always said how similar we look. I am just sad that she is no longer around for me to share all my new discoveries with her.
    #momsdna

  • Jodi Combs-Kalla


    May 13, 2017

    I inherited artistic talent from my mom.

  • Carol


    May 13, 2017

    #momsdna
    Too many to mention but to name a few – love of family, gray hair, crafts and sewing and having a plan “B”.

  • Stevan Moren


    May 13, 2017

    #momsdna
    I received my Irish mother’s temperament. It apparently served her well but it took me many years to soften her influence. Now that I’m older, I see so much of her in myself *laugh*.

  • Weronika McMerrick


    May 13, 2017

    #momsdna Her empathy, compassion and generosity (she passed away in 1998)

  • Margrethe Decena


    May 13, 2017

    My mom gave me her cheekbones and (lack of) height.
    #momsdna

  • Gay Burke


    May 13, 2017

    #momsdna I got so many traits from my Mom including her high cheekbones, long legs amd crooked smile.

  • Corina Piccolo-Johnstone


    May 13, 2017

    I would love to win this prize! To know more about my heritage would be amazing!

  • Judith Pool


    May 14, 2017

    #momsdna
    a love of red wine 🙂 and dark brown, almost black eyes
    I too am adopted (not discovered til in my 40’s) and did meet bot birth parents before they passed on. I have birth family siblings, and hands down, look the most like our birth Mum.

  • Rebecca Strine


    May 14, 2017

    One of the best traits I inherited from my mother is perseverance. There were many set backs in my mother’s life that could have turned her life upside down with being overwhelmed but she persevered over and over again. She sadly passed in 2015 from breast cancer and I miss her every single day. No matter what comes my way, I persist with a courage I never knew I had. Thank you Mom!

  • Kathy Mullennix


    May 14, 2017

    I inherited my mother’s ability to stay strong when faced with adversity. #momsdna

  • Alice Phillips


    May 14, 2017

    I have no idea what my heritage is on my fathers side!

  • Pamela Kullerud


    May 14, 2017

    #momsdna – I believe I inherited her ability to see the good in everyone. My family says sometimes I’m to trusting but my mom always wanted to see the best and so do I.

  • Ahti Laurila


    May 14, 2017

    #momsdna gave me some Finnish sisu – almost like a superpower at times 🙂

  • Judi Spencer


    May 14, 2017

    my Mom gave me a trait the she used her whole life and it was patience with understanding of others even when she was going through some really tough times in life. I have tried to follow her example with my life’s journey

  • Marcia Brislane


    May 17, 2017

    I would really like to have a “second” opinion. I used AncestryDNA and I was kind of disappointed. I would really like to know more about my grandfather Burke’s family. I got a dead end on that. Please humor me. Thank you.

  • Deborah


    May 19, 2017

    Happy Mothers Day!
    Home is where the Heart (Mom) is!
    A few years before my Mothers parents passed, I studied my Moms Spurrell Family History and learned that they came from a long line of Thanes/Barons, Judges/Sheriffs and Mayors/Principals, these are people you need to build a community. Community is what my mothers Ancestors represent which has descended to the Spurrells in Butter Cove, NFLD, where my Mom was born and raised. This was a small town built by her great Grandparents along with her Father who was a Fish Merchant. Butter Cove was filled with people who created their own food and shelter and living by building their own houses and catching fish. They provided themselves with the bare necessities using natural resources. The Spurrell Family Crest has a spur which means steadfast and two wheat sheaths meaning having plenty of to share. I hope I could live up to the family traditions and build a house and catch fish however I would rather inherit my mothers cooking skills or maybe I can settle for her Bookkeeping abilities. Thank you Mom for teaching me the Spurrell talents and way of life. I am happy to be your daughter who misses and loves you very much XO! #momsdna

  • Rebecca Willing (Walker)


    May 23, 2017

    I was given the love of nature from my mother. #momsdna