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

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

Celebrate Cousin Day: Making a DNA Connection Isn’t Lucky. It’s Likely.

Posted on July 23, 2014 in AncestryDNA

You can’t predict when a DNA connection will happen, but when it does it’s definitely worth celebrating.  Take these two AncestryDNA users who not only work together, but sit back to back to each other. Both took the test and found out they’re not only co-workers – they’re cousins. Who would have thought? “It was… Read more

Reunions: Don’t Forget Your Camera — and a DNA Kit

Posted on July 15, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Summer is the time for reunions. School reunions, get-togethers with old friends, work parties with co-workers’ families we don’t often see, and, of course, family reunions. All of these bring people together to reminisce about the old days, reestablish relationships, and laugh about the embarrassing things that we did (or maybe didn’t do). Reunion season… Read more

Today is World Population Day. How Diverse Are You?

Posted on July 11, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Today is World Population Day. Did you know that there are more than 7.2 billion people living today? The five most-populous countries are: China, 1.39 billion India, 1.27 billion United States, 333 million Indonesia, 253 million Brazil, 202 million So how did all these people end up living where they live? Population geneticists are researching… Read more

Cousin Connection: AncestryDNA Connects Melyssa With Family Members in Pennsylvania

Posted on July 3, 2014 in AncestryDNA

July 24 is Cousins Day, and to celebrate we’re sharing some real-life cousin stories courtesy of AncestryDNA. These are folks who met cousins they never knew after contacting a match that appeared in their AncestryDNA results. An AncestryDNA match is determined by how much DNA you share with another individual. Names can change, but DNA… Read more

Top 5 Reasons to Take a DNA Test

Posted on July 2, 2014 in AncestryDNA

There are many reasons to take an AncestryDNA test  - below are top five reasons, in no particular order: 1. Learning Your Ethnicity A question that each of us ask ourselves at least once in our life is, “Where did I come from?” Are you really Irish? Or are you Italian? Anyone can discover what their… Read more

Welcome to the Islands—Connecting to a Culture with AncestryDNA

Posted on June 25, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Deep inside each of us is the story of our past. Lexi from California found out how her past and present connect through the AncestryDNA test. Lexi fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands years ago and visits annually. “When I go to Hawaii, it feels like home.” She didn’t understand how deep that connection… Read more