In 1953 scientists shared their discovery of the double helix. In 2003 scientists completed the human genome project. Today AncestryDNA celebrates a few achievements we’ve had. And, we want to make it even easier for you to start to making a few discoveries of your own – take a DNA test.
So, what ground-breaking advancements has the AncestryDNA science team made in the last year? Let’s take a look. In the past year we have:
Expanded and updated our ethnicity regions
Only a year ago, your AncestryDNA test provided a personal ethnicity estimate based on 20 regions in the world. Now, those regions are up to 26. Our update included:
- Detailing West Africa into 6 unique regions
- Refining the British Isles into Ireland and Great Britain
And we won’t stop there. One of the great advantages to AncestryDNA is, once we learn something new that will enhance your results, we pass that along to benefit everyone who has taken the test.
Identified almost 3 Million DNA Hints
AncestryDNA is the only DNA test that provides DNA hints, a unique feature that combines the power of DNA and online family trees to predict the ancestor with you share a DNA match. We’ve sent users a million DNA hints since January and that number grows every day as more and more people take the test. What is a DNA hint? Here is an example of one of my DNA hints where I connected to my mom’s 3rd cousin.
Connections have been made
Matching is happening every day and many of the stories of matching have connected families. Some of those stories went national and have been featured on programs like Katie, Piers Morgan and the Steve Harvey show.
But plenty of others took place via email, phone calls, and road trips as people connected to 2nd, 3rd and even 4th cousins they never knew they had. After matching with these cousins through AncestryDNA they have been able to swap stories, pictures, and memories with each other—linking to other individuals who have additional pieces to their family story.
You’ve told us about some of those connections, but we’d love to hear more. What discoveries have you made? Have a great story? Share it will us, we would like to feature it here on the blog. Click here to share.
About Anna Swayne
Anna Swayne has 9 years of experience in the DNA genealogy world. At Ancestry, she leads efforts in developing education to help our community maximize their experience with AncestryDNA. She believes there is real power behind DNA and the story it can unlock for each of us. When she is not talking DNA you can find her hiking or cycling in the mountains or cooking at home.