How Your DNA Can Create Aha Moments

Posted by Stephen Baloglu on April 25, 2014 in AncestryDNA

We often hear the questions, “How does AncestryDNA work?” or “How do you take my spit and create these awesome results?” There are many ways to answer that question. There is a highly technical response with copious amounts of scientific data on the technology, the math and calculations, the reference populations, etc… Many times, people… Read more

Today is DNA Day! A Day of Discovery

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 25, 2014 in AncestryDNA

In 1953 scientists shared their discovery of the double helix. In 2003 scientists completed the human genome project. Today AncestryDNA celebrates a few achievements we’ve had. And, we want to make it even easier for you to start to making a few discoveries of your own – take a DNA test. So, what ground-breaking advancements… Read more

DNA Hints – Providing More Clarity To My DNA Results

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 16, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Last week we announced that the AncestryDNA team collectively has found 2.7 million DNA hints. 10 days later, we are nearing 3 million DNA hints – and the number is increasing as more and more people get tested and build out their family tree. Remember: a hint is more than a DNA match. You get a… Read more

“Italian Stallion” Becomes “Irish-Italian Stallion” with AncestryDNA Test

Posted by Kristie Wells on April 12, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Chris DeRose is an on-air contributor and content producer for You and Me This Morning on WCIU TV in Chicago who recently took the AncestryDNA test. Growing up in a very Italian home, he was surprised to find a wee bit of Irish runs through his veins. Ancestry family historian, Michelle Ercanbrack, reviews his ethnic background noting… Read more

Connecting to Your DNA Matches — 2.7 Million AncestryDNA Hints Available to Discover

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 9, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Are you using one of our most powerful DNA matching tools? More and more people are taking the AncestryDNA test which means we are finding more and more matches and are able to identify even more shared ancestors through DNA hints. This is exciting for me as a user—not only am I getting more DNA… Read more

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