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About Anna Swayne
Anna Swayne has 7+ 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.

Articles by Anna Swayne

DNA Hints – Providing More Clarity To My DNA Results

Posted on April 16, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Last week we announced that the AncestryDNA team collectively has found 2.7 million DNA hints. 10 days later, we are nearing 3 million DNA hints – and the number is increasing as more and more people get tested and build out their family tree. Remember: a hint is more than a DNA match. You get a… Read more

Connecting to Your DNA Matches — 2.7 Million AncestryDNA Hints Available to Discover

Posted on April 9, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Are you using one of our most powerful DNA matching tools? More and more people are taking the AncestryDNA test which means we are finding more and more matches and are able to identify even more shared ancestors through DNA hints. This is exciting for me as a user—not only am I getting more DNA… Read more

DNA Results Are In – What Did Mary Discover?

Posted on April 2, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Six weeks ago I shared my neighbor’s story with you (click here to read the blog post). I sat down with Mary a couple of days ago and showed her the AncestryDNA results. Mary couldn’t wipe the smile off her face as we went over her results. At almost 90 years of age, she said… Read more

The Faces Behind AncestryDNA’s Ethnicity Regions

Posted on March 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA

One of the great features of the AncestryDNA test is that it details your ethnic origins across 26 geographic regions around the world. How do we do it? We’ve assembled one the of most comprehensive DNA datasets in the world, with thousands of DNA samples from people with deep roots in each of the 26… Read more

A Time to Share

Posted on March 20, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Did you know that you can share your AncestryDNA ethnicity results? You can simply do this by clicking the share button in your ethnicity estimate view. That share button is on the top right side on the page, just above the map (see the red box below). This will allow you to send these results… Read more

Finding Family During Ancestry Day Philadelphia

Posted on March 20, 2014 in AncestryDNA, In The Community

Last weekend a few of us attended Ancestry Day Philadelphia. We spent the whole day talking about all things Ancestry including AncestryDNA. I mentioned my Swayne connection in the area as my first Swayne’s came to Pennsylvania and lived in Chester County for many years. And as luck would have it (after all this was… Read more

Luck of The Irish: How Irish Are You?

Posted on March 12, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Growing up I always thought I had to be more Irish than any of my other siblings because I was born the day before Lá Fhéile Pádraig (Saint Patrick’s Day)—one day early I might add; my due date was actually the 17th. Knowing this, and since my birthday was celebrated with all things green most… Read more

Understanding Patterns of Inheritance: Where Did My DNA Come From? (And Why It Matters.)

Posted on March 5, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Your DNA contains a record of your ancestors, but you aren’t a carbon copy of any one of them. The particular mix of DNA you inherit is unique to you. You receive 50% of your DNA from each of your parents, who received 50% of theirs from each of their parents, and so on. In… Read more

Going back to your African Roots

Posted on February 21, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Just the other day, I had a conversation over the fence with my neighbor about family history, and how she could trace her genetic roots back to Africa. Usually, we are talking about how her cats got out, and whether or not I have seen them. She was intrigued and surprised to hear that you… Read more

DNA Testing for Adoptees—AncestryDNA Has the Power to Unlock the Answers in Your Story

Posted on February 13, 2014 in AncestryDNA

In the past year, many of you have shared stories of how AncestryDNA has helped you find family. Some of the most moving are stories of adoptees that have connected with their birth family. Here are two powerful and touching stories that found their way to the national spotlight: Chris Burton was simply hoping to discover… Read more

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