About Anna Swayne

Anna Swayne has 8 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.

Past Articles

An Exclusive Tour of AncestryDNA New Ancestor Discoveries

Posted on April 2, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Today, we announced a new AncestryDNA experience called “New Ancestor Discoveries” based on years of research and development by our science team that is revolutionizing the way people discover, preserve, and share their family history. New Ancestor Discoveries combines DNA testing with the power of 65 million trees to help you discover your story in a… Read more

Introducing a Breakthrough in DNA

Posted on April 2, 2015 in AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA is turning family history inside out with our latest innovation in DNA science and technology. Within your DNA, you carry a history that goes back hundreds, even thousands of years. Today, we are pleased to announce New Ancestor Discoveries, a revolutionary new way to discover, preserve and share your family history. Now, by just… Read more

Origin of “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” Saying

Posted on March 6, 2015 in AncestryDNA

To get you ready for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, we wanted to share the story behind that famous phrase and discuss how the luck of the Irish might be in your DNA. And, this St. Patrick’s day might just be the right time for you to try AncestryDNA, if you haven’t already. Kissing someone… Read more

Get Ready To Meet Your European Cousins with AncestryDNA

Posted on January 30, 2015 in AncestryDNA

We’ve been counting down the days until AncestryDNA would be available outside the United States and it has finally arrived! The AncestryDNA database has grown to more than 700,000 people, and now that the test is available in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, it will grow even faster with new possibilities for discovery on… Read more

New AncestryDNA Technology Powers New Kinds of Discoveries

Posted on November 20, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Finding evidence that you’re a descendant of a particular ancestor is one of the powerful applications of DNA testing. AncestryDNA has created a groundbreaking new way to make those kinds of powerful discoveries. We call it DNA Circles™ and it’s currently available in BETA for AncestryDNA customers. DNA Circles re-imagines what matching can do. It… Read more

DNA Matching Just Got Better

Posted on November 19, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

We’re excited to tell you about some major improvements we’ve made to help you find your possible relatives with AncestryDNA. AncestryDNA scientists have innovated new and better ways to identify family relationships by comparing DNA between AncestryDNA members. Now, AncestryDNA is almost 70x more likely to find distant relatives, and all existing AncestryDNA members will… Read more

Coming Soon: Improved DNA Matching

Posted on November 3, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

Over the past year or so, we’ve been in the AncestryDNA lab working to create new and improved ways to find distant family members with DNA. In the process, we’ve rewritten the book on AncestryDNA matching and made some significant breakthroughs we’re looking forward to sharing soon. These advancements will make AncestryDNA matching far more… Read more

4 Tips for Adoptees Using AncestryDNA to Find Their Family

Posted on October 21, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Hear it from an adoptee, a story of she not only found out she is Irish, Scandinavian and European Jewish, but how she connected to a few family members as well. Read or listen to Nancy’s story here.  Taking a DNA test can open up possibilities that haven’t been available before, but will they happen… Read more

A 126-Year Mystery Solved with DNA: Who was Jack the Ripper?

Posted on October 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

Who Was Jack the Ripper? We’re kicking off October with a murder mystery that has recently been covered in the news. A claim that DNA evidence points to a suspect in a 126-year old cold case from England is behind the recent discussions. DNA found on a shawl that was left on one of the victims of Jack the Ripper has… Read more

Get It on Paper: Printing Your Ethnicity Estimate

Posted on September 24, 2014 in AncestryDNA

You spoke and we are listening. You can now print your AncestryDNA ethnicity estimate! This has been a highly-requested feature and gives you one more way that you can share your results with your family. This could be handy especially during the upcoming holiday season when you’ll be seeing a lot of your family members.… Read more