Titanic Mystery Solved with DNA Testing

Posted by sdalton on November 3, 2015 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

50 Years After Being Stolen and Sold, Baby Reunited with Birth Mother

Posted by Paul Rawlins on September 9, 2015 in AncestryDNA

The stork didn’t deliver Kristie Hughes to her adoptive parents’ door: they bought her from a Georgia doctor. Now AncestryDNA and Nightline have helped Kristie find the family she was taken from 51 years ago. The story of the “Hicks Babies” broke almost 20 years ago when a researcher discovered that between 1950 and 1965, a… Read more

Adopted Sisters Find Each Other Through DNA Testing

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 7, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Wendy Garrett and Lisa Olivera are sisters, but they didn’t know it until February 2015. Living on opposite coasts with no mutual friends, they would never have met without AncestryDNA. Garrett, 29, grew up in California and then moved to Pennsylvania. Adopted through an agency, she knew that she had a brother, but not a… Read more

AncestryDNA Tests 1 Millionth Customer

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 27, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Popular family history website Ancestry just hit a huge milestone. AncestryDNA has now genetically tested one million people to help them discover more about themselves and their family story. The AncestryDNA database has more than doubled in the last year, and so far they have delivered 99 million connections of 4th cousins or closer. That means… Read more

There’s a 1 in 300 Chance That a Complete Stranger Is Your Cousin

Posted by Paul Rawlins on June 26, 2015 in AncestryDNA

New demographic research has revealed just how likely the British are to be closely related to a complete stranger they might meet in their homeland. Analysis by AncestryDNA, part of the world’s largest online family history resource, of birth rates and population figures for the past two centuries suggests that the typical Brit has 193,000… Read more

You Might Be Royalty … and Not Even Know It!

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Family History

Many people who begin tracing their family history wonder if they’re related to royalty. But according to mathematicians and geneticists, the question isn’t whether we’re descended from kings and queens — but how. That’s because the web of humanity, in all its complexity, ties us all together, so any individual living today with European ancestry… Read more

How Your DNA Can Reconstruct Your Great-Great-Grandfather’s Genetic Code

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 21, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Most people consider their children to be their legacy: people to pass on a mother’s trademark dimple, kids to carry on the family business, someone to tend the headstone. David Speegle, an Alabama farmer born more than 200 years ago, now has a distinctly 21st-century legacy, thanks to AncestryDNA. By combining genetics and genealogy, Ancestry… Read more

How German Are You? What Your DNA Can Tell You.

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 27, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Many boots have marched across Britain, but which invading army bequeathed the most durable legacy? The Romans left their roads. The Normans left their language. But the Germans left their DNA. Of all the armies that have invaded Britain in recorded history, only Anglo-Saxons managed to substantially alter its genetic and ethnic composition. As a… Read more

Switched At Birth: 7 Stories of Triumph Over This Unbelievable Phenomenon

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 20, 2015 in AncestryDNA

If you or someone you know has had a baby recently, you might have seen nurses carefully check the newborn’s tiny bracelet against his mother’s own cuff, making sure multiple times that the names and codes match up — particularly before it’s time to leave for home. This is not just hospital paranoia. Babies, perhaps… Read more

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