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.

DNA + Family Tree = Additional Opportunities

Posted by Anna Swayne on October 31, 2016 in AncestryDNA, Website

Having a small, medium, or large tree attached to your test will help you get the most from your AncestryDNA experience. Whether you started your DNA journey to find out where in the world you came from, or to find a new cousin, attaching a family tree gives you added power when it comes to making Read More

Determining Your DNA Ethnicity Estimate

Posted by Anna Swayne on October 12, 2016 in AncestryDNA

People from all over the world are curious to know where they come from and who has contributed to who they are today. DNA testing can shine some light on those questions though the ethnicity portion of your DNA test results. At AncestryDNA we compare your DNA test to 26 geographic regions around the world Read More

2 Million People Strong

Posted by Anna Swayne on June 22, 2016 in AncestryDNA

We are excited to announce that AncestryDNA has just reached the 2-million-tested milestone. This is a first for any consumer genetic testing company. It was just a little over 11 months ago that we reached the 1 million mark, so the AncestryDNA database has doubled in just short of one year. We now have 2,000,000 Read More

Happy DNA Day: Time to Learn More about Matching

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 25, 2016 in AncestryDNA

Today is DNA Day. Every year it gives us the opportunity to reflect on the advancements in genetics and celebrate science. This year we want to honor this day by sharing a video with you about how AncestryDNA is using the scientific method to advance DNA matching. We asked Dr. Catherine Ball, VP Genomics & Bioinformatics at Read More

Behind The New AncestryDNA Feature: Amount of Shared DNA

Posted by Anna Swayne on January 6, 2016 in DNA, Science

AncestryDNA recently released a feature to your DNA match results that we call Amount of Shared DNA. It allows you to see some scientific details behind your relationship with each of your matches. You now have access to this for each of your matches.  See an example below. New DNA Matching Details In this example, Read More

Discovering a One in a Million Story

Posted by Anna Swayne on August 10, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Recently we reached a very exciting milestone: one million people tested in the AncestryDNA database. (You can read the announcement here.) Aisha, our one millionth customer in the AncestryDNA database, isn’t just a number to us; she has a story. That story starts with her curiosity about her origins. As an African American, she always Read More

AncestryDNA Celebrates One Million People Tested

Posted by Anna Swayne on July 16, 2015 in AncestryDNA

We just hit a huge milestone, and we are excited to celebrate! In just three short years AncestryDNA has genetically tested one million people to help them discover more about themselves and their family story. Thanks a million to all of you who have been tested and for everyone who will be taking the test Read More