A Genetic Census of America

Posted by Julie Granka on April 4, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Using AncestryDNA results from over a quarter million people, the AncestryDNA science team set out to perform a “genetic census” of the United States: a survey of the U.S. using only DNA. Where did the ancestors of today’s Americans come from? Do Americans in the Midwest hail from similar places of the world as in the… Read more

DNA Results Are In – What Did Mary Discover?

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 2, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Six weeks ago I shared my neighbor’s story with you (click here to read the blog post). I sat down with Mary a couple of days ago and showed her the AncestryDNA results. Mary couldn’t wipe the smile off her face as we went over her results. At almost 90 years of age, she said… Read more

The Faces Behind AncestryDNA’s Ethnicity Regions

Posted by Anna Swayne on March 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA

One of the great features of the AncestryDNA test is that it details your ethnic origins across 26 geographic regions around the world. How do we do it? We’ve assembled one the of most comprehensive DNA datasets in the world, with thousands of DNA samples from people with deep roots in each of the 26… Read more

Finding Family During Ancestry Day Philadelphia

Posted by Anna Swayne on March 20, 2014 in AncestryDNA, In The Community

Last weekend a few of us attended Ancestry Day Philadelphia. We spent the whole day talking about all things Ancestry including AncestryDNA. I mentioned my Swayne connection in the area as my first Swayne’s came to Pennsylvania and lived in Chester County for many years. And as luck would have it (after all this was… Read more

I’ve Been Told I’m Scots-Irish…Am I Irish? Am I Scottish?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 17, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Ask Ancestry Anne

What is Scots-Irish or Scotch-Irish? It generally refers to the group of about 200,000 immigrants that made their way to America in the 1700s from the Ulster province of Ireland. They were Protestants who settled in large numbers in Pennsylvania and then migrated either south into Virginia and the Carolinas or westward into Ohio, Indiana… Read more

Kiss Me: I’m Irish Too!

Posted by Juliana Smith on March 14, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Juliana's Corner

Reading Anna Swayne’s blog post, Luck of The Irish: How Irish Are You?, I was reminded of the friendly sibling rivalry between my sisters and I shared when it came to who was more Irish. I can confirm Anna’s find that proximity to being born near St. Patrick’s Day does not factor in when it comes… Read more

What Do Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Have in Common?

Posted by Julie Granka on March 14, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Holidays

At AncestryDNA, we’re celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day a little differently than most. We’re exploring how we can use genetics to study Irish heritage in the U.S. Throughout our nation’s history, millions of individuals from Ireland planted new roots here in the United States. While hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants arrived in the 1600’s and 1700’s,… Read more

Luck of The Irish: How Irish Are You?

Posted by Anna Swayne on March 12, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Growing up I always thought I had to be more Irish than any of my other siblings because I was born the day before Lá Fhéile Pádraig (Saint Patrick’s Day)—one day early I might add; my due date was actually the 17th. Knowing this, and since my birthday was celebrated with all things green most… Read more

Understanding Patterns of Inheritance: Where Did My DNA Come From? (And Why It Matters.)

Posted by Anna Swayne on March 5, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Your DNA contains a record of your ancestors, but you aren’t a carbon copy of any one of them. The particular mix of DNA you inherit is unique to you. You receive 50% of your DNA from each of your parents, who received 50% of theirs from each of their parents, and so on. In… Read more

AncestryDNA Advances Exploration of African American Ethnic Origins: Couples Genetic Science with Historical Records

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Collections

Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science from AncestryDNA, African Americans are now able to make new discoveries about their ethnic origins, learning about the people and cultures that have been a part of their ancestral heritage for centuries. With test takers on average having at least three and a half regions in Africa as part of… Read more