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

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

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