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

Clovis Boy: DNA Unraveled

Posted by Julie Granka on February 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Who were the first people to ever inhabit the Americas? In sequencing the DNA of the remains of a boy from an ancient burial site in Montana, scientists from the University of Copenhagen have provided more evidence that the first humans to arrive in the Americas were originally from Northeast Asia.  Until now, evidence of… Read more

Going back to your African Roots

Posted by Anna Swayne on February 21, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Just the other day, I had a conversation over the fence with my neighbor about family history, and how she could trace her genetic roots back to Africa. Usually, we are talking about how her cats got out, and whether or not I have seen them. She was intrigued and surprised to hear that you… Read more

An Atlas of the Mixing of Human Populations

Posted by Julie Granka on February 19, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Written records have detailed the varied histories of human groups over the past few thousand years.  While some groups remained isolated, other groups spread far and wide across the globe.  When they did, they encountered and “mixed” with other human groups – mixing both their people and their DNA.  That history has left its signature… Read more

DNA Testing for Adoptees—AncestryDNA Has the Power to Unlock the Answers in Your Story

Posted by Anna Swayne on February 13, 2014 in AncestryDNA

In the past year, many of you have shared stories of how AncestryDNA has helped you find family. Some of the most moving are stories of adoptees that have connected with their birth family. Here are two powerful and touching stories that found their way to the national spotlight: Chris Burton was simply hoping to discover… Read more

Found it! How an AncestryDNA hint led me to a picture of my great-grandfather

Posted by Anna Swayne on February 5, 2014 in AncestryDNA

It seemed too easy—thanks to my DNA match. It had been several months since I received my results, and I wasn’t expecting what I found. It all started with a DNA shared ancestor hint that connected me to a cousin who had another piece of my story. After reviewing the hint I confirmed we share… Read more

Want a Hint into Your Personal Story? DNA Hints vs. Tree Hints

Posted by Anna Swayne on January 29, 2014 in AncestryDNA

If you have taken a DNA test, you have seen that AncestryDNA gives you Hints to where you and your DNA match may share a common ancestor. DNA Hints aren’t influenced by Tree Hints—DNA Hints combine the power of genetics and family history to show where an ancestor is shared among your DNA match. Many… Read more

Titanic Mystery Solved with DNA Testing

Posted by Anna Swayne on January 22, 2014 in AncestryDNA

DNA solved a 70-year-old question of whether Loraine Allison survived the Titanic crash. Many have wondered what happened to the two-year-old little girl who disappeared from the crash more than 100 years ago. The story begins with Hudson and Bess taking their two kids, Trevor, seven months, and Loraine, two years of age, across the… Read more

Sima de los Huesos Produces Another DNA Gem

Posted by Julie Granka on December 6, 2013 in AncestryDNA

Although your family tree on Ancestry.com doesn’t go back hundreds of thousands of years, the family tree that links us to our ancient human ancestors does. Scientists recently sequenced the DNA from a bone of a long-lost relative of ours — a human species who lived (and died) 400,000 years ago in a cave in Spain.… Read more