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

Posted by Anna Swayne 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 by Anna Swayne 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 by Anna Swayne 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 by Anna Swayne 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 by Anna Swayne 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 by Anna Swayne 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

AncestryDNA Matching Update Impacts Jewish Ancestry

Posted by Ken Chahine on August 1, 2014 in AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA customers with significant Jewish ancestry have witnessed the challenges that we and other genetic genealogy testing companies have faced when predicting genetic relatives. Most Jewish customers find that we predict them to be related to nearly every other Jewish customer in the database! So while we all know that the cousin matches for Jewish… Read more

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

Posted by Anna Swayne 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 by Anna Swayne 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 by Anna Swayne 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