New DNA Breakthrough Connects You to Ancestors in the 1700s

Posted by Paul Rawlins on April 7, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Latest Breakthrough in Consumer Genetics Connects People to Ancestors Dating Back to the 1700s Using Just Their DNA DNA testing has turned out to be a godsend for adoptees searching for lost family members who are still alive and family historians looking to connect with genetic cousins. The tests work by looking for strands of… Read more

How Irish Is Your City? AncestryDNA Has the Answer.

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 13, 2015 in AncestryDNA

At AncestryDNA, we’re exploring how we can use genetics to study Irish heritage in the U.S. Throughout our nation’s history, millions of individuals from Ireland planted new roots here in the United States. While hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants arrived in the 1600’s and 1700’s, more than two million arrived in the mid-19th century – most… Read more

Which “Top Model” Male Contestants Share an Ethnicity?

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 29, 2014 in AncestryDNA

On this season of America’s Next Top Model, host Tyra Banks added a new twist: each of the contestants underwent AncestryDNA genetic testing, along with Tyra herself. When they received the results, they learned that not only are their family backgrounds vastly more diverse than they ever expected but also that they have more in… Read more

Tyra Banks Gets Surprising DNA Results on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 29, 2014 in AncestryDNA

On a recent episode of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks turned her reality show into a DNA laboratory. The supermodel/TV mogul and her contestants each went through an AncestryDNA analysis, and the results surprised everyone. Get AncestryDNA Banks confesses that she isn’t the only one who’s been wondering about where her exotic looks come from.… Read more

Tyra Banks Discovers Inspiring Stories In Her Family’s Past

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 29, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Tyra Banks is known for being a top supermodel, a successful talk-show host, and the co-creator and host of America’s Next Top Model. But when she delved into her ancestry on a recent episode of the show, she discovered she’s not the first in her family to make her own tracks. On ANTM this season,… Read more

10 Weird but True Facts About DNA

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 16, 2014 in AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA does amazing things. With just a few drops of saliva, it can trace your genes to Senegal or Scandinavia. It can reveal hidden branches of your family tree and connect you to previously unknown third cousins. But these revelations are just the beginning of your complex genetic map. Here are some stunning but true… Read more

Why Your DNA Might Not Match Your Parents

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 3, 2014 in AncestryDNA

It’s fascinating what we can learn these days now that technology allows us to look into our DNA. One Washington state woman learned more than she wanted to know, though — that, somehow, she and her biological children did not share any DNA — and almost lost custody of her beloved children. It turned out… Read more

Want to Know More About DNA? Talk to a Scientist at Chicago’s Field Museum

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 1, 2014 in AncestryDNA

A group of nine middle-school kids approach the fishbowl-like DNA lab, where six men and women are packing and unpacking coolers, working on computers and studying samples. “Are people actually working there, or are they acting?” a girl asks. It’s a question that comes up daily at the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice DNA… Read more

North Dakota has the Highest Mix of Scandinavian Ethnicity

Posted by wexon on June 9, 2014 in AncestryDNA

The DNA results are in and surprisingly, North Dakota has the largest average percentage of Scandinavian ethnicity across the entire United States. Among North Dakotans, the average amount of ancestry that can be traced back to the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland or the Netherlands is almost 30%. Definitely a surprise as the early… Read more

Stick with what you know…

Posted by wexon on June 9, 2014 in AncestryDNA

What do large lakes, farming and cold winters have in common? They are all found in Eastern Europe…and also the Midwestern United States. So, when Eastern Europeans came to the US, where do you think they went? Well, lots of them went to Wisconsin and we have the DNA results to prove it: Wisconsin has… Read more