Native American DNA: Where It Started, and Where It Nearly Ended

About 23,000 years ago, a hardy band of 10,000 people crossed a frozen land bridge connecting Asia and North America. Those Ice Age travelers — about as many as would fit in a minor league baseball stadium today — became the ancestors of all Native Americans. And then, 500 years ago, their DNA suggests that Read More

9 Wild Things You Can Discover From a DNA Test

Thinking about taking one of those DNA tests you’ve heard about on TV or seen advertised online? Get ready for what could be a wild (and amazing) ride. Here are 9 discoveries regular ol’ people have made after taking a DNA test. You Could Find out You’re Irish Two out of three AncestryDNA test takers have come up Read More

You Can’t Clone Celebrities From a Lock of Hair But DNA Can Unlock Your Past

Forget cloned dinosaurs — will the real tourist attraction of the future involve cloned celebrities? From literary giants to rock legends, celebrities’ locks are a sought-after commodity by certain types of collectors. In February 2016, a man paid $35,000 for a 4-inch lock of John Lennon’s hair, a keepsake of the Beatles’ frontman that a Read More

Queens Native Trades Lederhosen for Kilt After DNA Test

Growing up, Kyle Merker believed he was German. His parents told him he was German when they dressed him in children’s lederhosen for his Germanic dance performances, and they told him he was German when they fed him schnitzel. For 50 years, Merker believed his ancestors were German. So imagine his surprise when a genetic test Read More

My Small Family Tree Became a Towering Redwood With Ancestry DNA

This post originally appeared on GeekDad.   For many families, knowing your relatives is a priority. In other families, knowing your aunts, uncles, cousins, even ancestors isn’t as important. My immediate family falls into the second category. My parents didn’t make an effort to maintain relations with their families or keep records regarding their grandparents. Read More

DNA Reveals the Surprise Origins of the Irish

With a vial of saliva and a little cutting-edge science, AncestryDNA can tell you if you’ve got any Irish heritage in your genes. And with a lot of cutting-edge science, researchers in December 2015 published a study telling the world where that Irish heritage first originated. By studying the 5,000-year-old remains of a female farmer Read More

What to Do When You Discover a New Sibling

Think about this: What is the most surprising phone call you could get in your life? How about this one: Out of the clear blue, a complete stranger is claiming that you have a brother you’ve never met. In fact, you had no idea he even existed. That was the call Bridgette got on March 16, Read More

DNA Solves a Family Mystery, but Not in the Way You’d Think

For her entire life, Julie Martini had considered herself German-American, even though she had been born with an Italian family name. Looking to learn more about her family history, Julie joined Ancestry to find records that would uncover her Old World roots in Germany or, perhaps, Italy. Documents and family links Julie found on Ancestry Read More