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

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

Utah’s ABC 4 Takes a Deeper Look at One Anchor’s Family History

Posted on September 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Learning from others helps to inspire us to do more for our own story. In this three piece segment, Utah’s ABC 4 news anchor Nadia Crow discovered her story using the tools on Ancestry. Each video follows a different step in her journey and includes some behind-the-scenes footage of Ancestry’s scanning technology. Click on the… Read more

It’s a Small World: Discovering a 5th Cousin at FGS 2014

Posted on September 10, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Recently at the annual Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference in San Antonio, Texas, I was giving a presentation on how best leverage AncestryDNA to break down brick walls within your research. I showed the audience my list of DNA matches and the best strategies to tackling them one by one. After the class a… Read more

This Grandparents Day, Honor Your Grandparents by Preserving Their Legacy

Posted on September 3, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 7th. It’s a great time to stop and remember a story or two about them or, if they are still around, take the opportunity to see them. One of my favorite times before my grandfather passed away was listening to him tell stories about his childhood. If you are the grandparent, don’t… Read more

Back to School with AncestryDNA

Posted on August 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA

It doesn’t matter what clothes you buy or the school supplies you have for this back to school special, let AncestryDNA take you back to school in DNA testing. If you are just getting started this will help you understand the process. If you have already been tested but haven’t looked at your results in… Read more

AncestryDNA Goes to DNA Days in DC

Posted on August 20, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Last weekend we attended the 2014 International Genetic Genealogy Conference in Washington, DC. Over three days, 500+ people joined together to learn more about DNA testing and how to use it as a tool in your family history research. It was exciting to see so many come out and spend three days focusing entirely on… Read more

AncestryDNA Delivers Up A Few Ethnicity Surprises

Posted on August 12, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Didn’t know you had Spanish in your family? If your AncestryDNA results delivered up a few ethnicity regions you weren’t expecting, it’s alright. It happens. This portion of your DNA results can provide you insight into where in the world your ancestors came from 500-1000+ years ago. DNA is helping connect the dots. How is… Read more

AncestryDNA: You Can Now Share Your DNA Results

Posted on August 6, 2014 in AncestryDNA

You share DNA with your family and now you can SHARE your DNA results with them, thanks to the newest AncestryDNA feature. I bought a kit for my sister a few months ago, had her take the test, and I activated the test on my account. She has been interested in seeing those results and… Read more