10 Weird but True Facts About DNA

Posted by Ancestry.com 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.com 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.com 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

Oprah Winfrey’s Surprising DNA Test

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 27, 2014 in AncestryDNA

When billionaire media producer Oprah Winfrey took a DNA test for the PBS show African American Lives a few years back, she learned that her DNA had three exact matches — with the Kpelle people, who lived in western Africa in what’s now Liberia; the Bamileke people in Cameroon; and a Bantu-speaking tribe in Zambia.… Read more

12 Reasons You Really Belong in the 1940s

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 12, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Ever feel out of place in this modern world? Maybe you wish your friends would just call you on the phone instead of texting. Or perhaps you’re more comfortable in a suit and tie or an elegant dress than jeans and a T-shirt. Does talk of gluten-free diets and juice cleanses make you long for… Read more

Fox 32 Chicago’s Dawn Hasbrouck Surprised by Her Own Past

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 5, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Chicago News and Weather | FOX 32 News Chicago news anchor Dawn Hasbrouck investigates her own past. Fox 32 News co-anchor Dawn Hasbrouck thought she’d known her grandfather, Ellsworth Hasbrouck, Sr. “I grew up with him watching me after school,” she says. “I knew him as Grandpa.” But with some help from Ancestry, Dawn learned… Read more

Piers Morgan and Vanessa Williams Discuss Her British Roots

Posted by Ancestry.com on April 8, 2014 in AncestryDNA

In one of his final interviews at CNN, Piers Morgan sat down with Vanessa Williams to discuss…spitting. Actually, Vanessa was excited to talk about the results of her recent DNA test. These included a breakdown of her ethnic background that reveals some English ancestry: genetically speaking, Williams appears to be about 17 percent British Isles.… Read more

DNA Test Reunites Mother and Son After 50 Years

Posted by Ancestry.com on March 15, 2014 in AncestryDNA

When Ken Drake of Lindon, Utah, took an AncestryDNA test, he had no plans to find his birth mother. Drake was looking to see what DNA might tell him about his ethnic profile. Ken had been adopted as a baby, and while he had never made an attempt to find his birth mother, he was… Read more