Cousin Connection: AncestryDNA Connects Melyssa With Family Members in Pennsylvania

Posted by Anna Swayne on July 3, 2014 in AncestryDNA

July 24 is Cousins Day, and to celebrate we’re sharing some real-life cousin stories courtesy of AncestryDNA. These are folks who met cousins they never knew after contacting a match that appeared in their AncestryDNA results. An AncestryDNA match is determined by how much DNA you share with another individual. Names can change, but DNA… Read more

Top 5 Reasons to Take a DNA Test

Posted by Anna Swayne on July 2, 2014 in AncestryDNA

There are many reasons to take an AncestryDNA test  - below are top five reasons, in no particular order: 1. Learning Your Ethnicity A question that each of us ask ourselves at least once in our life is, “Where did I come from?” Are you really Irish? Or are you Italian? Anyone can discover what their… Read more

Welcome to the Islands—Connecting to a Culture with AncestryDNA

Posted by Anna Swayne on June 25, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Deep inside each of us is the story of our past. Lexi from California found out how her past and present connect through the AncestryDNA test. Lexi fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands years ago and visits annually. “When I go to Hawaii, it feels like home.” She didn’t understand how deep that connection… Read more

Comments on Y-DNA and mtDNA Tests

Posted by Ken Chahine on June 12, 2014 in AncestryDNA

  As many of you know, we announced last week that we’re retiring our Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Unfortunately, we didn’t explain clearly our rationale for our decision, which has led to confusion. We’d like to take this opportunity to share the thinking that went into our decision making process.   First, we’d like to… Read more

Honoring the Dads in Your Family with AncestryDNA

Posted by Anna Swayne on June 5, 2014 in AncestryDNA

This is a picture of my great grandfather, Gwillym Vaughan. Handsome…right? In honoring him this Father’s Day I want to do more research on him and those who came before him. Since I have had a DNA test done I can use AncestryDNA matching and search to find others who may share a common ancestor… Read more

Got My DNA Results. Didn’t Know I Had…

Posted by Anna Swayne on June 4, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Every now and then we will find AncestryDNA users posting their experience of discovering their DNA results. We love seeing the stories on Facebook, videos and blogs going up online and sharing the AncestryDNA experience.  We saw one such video online from Matt S. and thought it would be a good idea to respond to… Read more

6 Steps for Success in Working with Your AncestryDNA Matches

Posted by Crista Cowan on May 28, 2014 in AncestryDNA

I’ve been working with my AncestryDNA results for a couple of years now with great success.  Here are six steps you can use to find success with your AncestryDNA matches as well. 1.  Make sure your test is attached to a tree. AncestryDNA reveals cousin matches whether you have a family tree attached or not. … Read more

Linking AncestryDNA to Trees – Now Even to Shared Ones

Posted by Anna Swayne on May 14, 2014 in AncestryDNA

To get the most out of your AncestryDNA results, you’ll want to link your test results to a family tree. That’s how you combine the power of DNA science with more than 40 million trees on Here are a few tips—and one new feature—on linking your results to trees. Link Your DNA Results to… Read more

Regina Carter Melds Music and Family in ‘Southern Comfort’

Posted by Pam Velazquez on May 10, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Celebrity, In The Community

Jazz violinist Regina Carter has given a whole new meaning to the phrase “family album” with her latest recording, Southern Comfort. Her new album is Regina’s own take on songs her grandfather would have listened to. But before she got to know the music, she had to get to know her paternal grandfather, Dan J.… Read more

Mother’s Day, a time to honor Moms…and their DNA.

Posted by Anna Swayne on May 8, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Did you know that 20 percent more women have taken the AncestryDNA test than men? Find out how AncestryDNA lets women look at both sides of their family tree—and the middle, too. Connecting the Lines More women are taking the DNA tests than ever before and are having their own powerful experiences. My Mom and I included.… Read more