About Anna Swayne

Anna Swayne has 9 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

Happy DNA Day: Time to Learn More about Matching

Posted on April 25, 2016 in AncestryDNA

Today is DNA Day. Every year it gives us the opportunity to reflect on the advancements in genetics and celebrate science. This year we want to honor this day by sharing a video with you about how AncestryDNA is using the scientific method to advance DNA matching. We asked Dr. Catherine Ball, VP Genomics & Bioinformatics at… Read more

Discovering a One in a Million Story

Posted on August 10, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Recently we reached a very exciting milestone: one million people tested in the AncestryDNA database. (You can read the announcement here.) Aisha, our one millionth customer in the AncestryDNA database, isn’t just a number to us; she has a story. That story starts with her curiosity about her origins. As an African American, she always… Read more

AncestryDNA Celebrates One Million People Tested

Posted on July 16, 2015 in AncestryDNA

We just hit a huge milestone, and we are excited to celebrate! In just three short years AncestryDNA has genetically tested one million people to help them discover more about themselves and their family story. Thanks a million to all of you who have been tested and for everyone who will be taking the test… Read more

Getting Started with AncestryDNA: Tree Setup and Tools Available

Posted on June 24, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom

You have taken the AncestryDNA test, your results are online, and now you want to do something with them? We can help. The first thing we recommend is that you link your DNA results to your family tree. AncestryDNA will reveal cousin matches whether you have attached your test results to a tree or not.… Read more

Show Dad What He’s Really Made Of: Give AncestryDNA for Father’s Day

Posted on June 16, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

  In honor of Father’s Day coming up on June 21, we want to highlight four reasons AncestryDNA is the perfect gift for Dad. Dad’s love discovering their ethnic origins. Whether it’s just fodder for your next dinner party or solving how Irish the family is, AncestryDNA’s detailed ethnicity results are enlightening for just about… Read more

Now Connect to Your DNA Cousins in Canada and Australia

Posted on June 10, 2015 in AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA is now available in Australia and Canada. The AncestryDNA database has grown to more than 850,000 people, and now that the test is available in Australia and Canada it will grow even faster, with new possibilities for discovering cousins on both sides of the world. Here are four reasons to be excited about these… Read more

Breaking Down the Science Behind Your Ethnicity Results

Posted on May 5, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Are you Scandinavian? Native American? Or maybe you have some Middle Eastern in you. If you’ve gotten your AncestryDNA results you know your unique ethnicity estimate. But have you ever wondered how we determine those results — and why your results can look so different from another family member’s? In this 6-minute video one of… Read more

Celebrate Moms and See How They Can Help With Our Research

Posted on May 1, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

DNA Tip: More is better when it comes to autosomal DNA testing. See how one of our customers put this to the test and what happened when he had his mother and grandmother tested. If you are familiar with genetic inheritance, you know that you inherited 50 percent of your DNA from each of your… Read more

Celebrate DNA Day with Your Own Discoveries

Posted on April 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

DNA Day comes every year, April 25th and it’s a great time to celebrate the amazing discoveries we’ve made about the human race. It’s also a great time to make a few new discoveries of your own. In honor of DNA Day, now through Monday, we have a limited time offer to get 20% off… Read more

An Exclusive Tour of AncestryDNA New Ancestor Discoveries

Posted on April 2, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Today, we announced a new AncestryDNA experience called “New Ancestor Discoveries” based on years of research and development by our science team that is revolutionizing the way people discover, preserve, and share their family history. New Ancestor Discoveries combines DNA testing with the power of 65 million trees to help you discover your story in a… Read more