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

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

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