Renee was relatively new to Ancestry.com and decided to try the new AncestryDNA test to see just what it could uncover about her family history. Specifically, she wanted to learn more about where her family was from, despite the fact that there were little or no records to be found. Renee was confident her genetic ethnicity results would reveal her African-American heritage, but if only the DNA test could give her more insight into her Irish roots that, for years, has only been hinted at through verbal legend and family stories—but never confirmed. DNA seemed like a great way to prove that story and maybe a bit more.
Renee found the AncestryDNA test simple to use. She got her kit in the mail, activated it online and collected her saliva sample. And, shortly after taking the test, Renee got an email informing her that her DNA results were ready. She immediately opened her personalized AncestryDNA results webpage and there, right before her, were her Irish roots. Her genetic ethnicity results included 11% British Isles (which covers Ireland).
But the discoveries didn’t end there. The AncestryDNA test matched her to others in the AncestryDNA database who share the same ancestor in their family trees. Renee said, “The DNA matches really paid off! Matching my DNA to others gave me such a thrill, and a couple of cousins contacted me. It’s amazing!”
Renee was able to connect with quite a few of her DNA matches that led her to direct relatives through her mother. Among the many benefits of the new AncestryDNA test is that, not only can women take it, but the test includes links to your past on both your paternal and maternal lines. One DNA match also helped confirm a relation through her great-grandmother to the McCoy clan in Virginia. Now that’s an interesting bit of history to add to the family tree.Renee says, “I would recommend the AncestryDNA test to a lot of people. My friends took the test and we’ll all be sharing the results. I keep getting new, exciting DNA matches that can lead to my next big discovery on Ancestry.com.”