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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.

Articles by Anna Swayne

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

Celebrate the Fathers in Your Tree by Searching Surnames

Posted on June 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Father’s Day is this Sunday! Are you still looking for the perfect gift? Try an AncestryDNA test. Buy today (June 11th) and choose expedited shipping to ensure it arrives on time. Have you already taken the test? Use your DNA results to combine the power of DNA to search for the surnames in your tree by using the… Read more

Honoring the Dads in Your Family with AncestryDNA

Posted on June 5, 2014 in AncestryDNA

This is a picture of my great grandfather, Gwillym Vaughan. Handsome…right? In honoring him this Father’s Day I want to do more research on him and those who came before him. Since I have had a DNA test done I can use AncestryDNA matching and search to find others who may share a common ancestor… Read more

Got My DNA Results. Didn’t Know I Had…

Posted on June 4, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Every now and then we will find AncestryDNA users posting their experience of discovering their DNA results. We love seeing the stories on Facebook, videos and blogs going up online and sharing the AncestryDNA experience.  We saw one such video online from Matt S. and thought it would be a good idea to respond to… Read more

Thanks for Visiting Us at NGS and AARP

Posted on May 21, 2014 in Events

We had a great time at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference in Richmond, Virginia and AARP Life@50+ in Boston, Massachusetts last week. Thanks everyone for stopping by and saying “Hi.” Some of our favorite things are meeting you, hearing your stories and listening to your feedback. We are grateful for your support and really… Read more

Linking AncestryDNA to Trees – Now Even to Shared Ones

Posted on May 14, 2014 in AncestryDNA

To get the most out of your AncestryDNA results, you’ll want to link your test results to a family tree. That’s how you combine the power of DNA science with more than 40 million trees on Ancestry.com. Here are a few tips—and one new feature—on linking your results to trees. Link Your DNA Results to… Read more

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