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

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