How Related Are Americans? A Surprising DNA Study

DNA testing reveals Americans are all more related than we realized. These 5 surprising facts will make you rethink your relationship to strangers: And your undiscovered relatives are not just in America! AncestryDNA test takers are finding new family members around the world every day.   One young man had an “incredible” experience, visiting his grandmother’s cousin in Ireland.     Read More

The British Are Less British Than We Think

How British are the British? Seems like a brain twister, but it’s actually a surprising fact. AncestryDNA’s new study revealed the average UK resident is only about 37% British! Let’s look at some of unexpected findings of this study – and what it means to you if you have British heritage. What are the Brits if not Read More

It’s All in the Genes: One Man Discovers Seven Famous Relatives

Television programs like “Who Do  You Think You Are?” feature famous people discovering notable ancestors. What we don’t often hear about is everyday people who connect their origins to ancestors who were famous or played a key part in history. However, one “average” man from Boston is a little more well-known now after he found Read More

Three Sisters Meet for the First Time Ever on a British Airways Flight

Texas native Ann Burrage wanted to find out if she had any Native American heritage. So she took an AncestryDNA test. Her discovery was shocking: She and her sister Lynn had another sibling they never knew about –  in England. The story of their reunion is one of the most unlikely family reunions ever. A World War II Story Read More

6 Olympic Moments When You Just Had to Cheer for the Other Team 

We all love to cheer for our home country during the Olympics. But there are certain moments when the feats are so impressive or the odds overcome so high that we can’t help but cheer for other countries. Here are 6 unbelievable moments in Olympic history when we (or our ancestors) just had to cheer for “the other team.” 1. The Read More

Left in Cardboard Boxes, Sisters Find Each Other 50 Years Later

Tammy and Liz are as close as two sisters can get. They have children who are the same age, share many interests, and even finish each other’s sentences. But there is one detail that sets them apart from most: Their mother abandoned them both as infants, leaving them in cardboard boxes. Fifty years later, they were finally reunited, Read More

Eva Longoria’s Surprising DNA Test

Many Americans are used to describing their heritage in terms of fractions — half this, a quarter that, an eighth of the other. But if you asked actress and producer Eva Longoria about her identity, she’d say “Texican,” to describe her Mexican-American family from Corpus Christi, Texas. When she took a DNA test for the Read More

The Secret to Finding Long Lost Relatives is in Your Family’s DNA

Go back a few generations in most American families, and you’ll find roots abroad. And even in this country, most of us have branches of our family with which we’ve lost touch over the years. With AncestryDNA, a simple test can help you discover family you never new you had. Whether it’s a cousin in Chicago or an a relative in Germany, it’s never Read More

What 2 Million People Learned When They Took DNA Tests

Millions of people around the world are taking DNA tests. What drives them? They want to learn more about themselves. They’re looking to feel more connected to their families – and make surprising discoveries about their past. Meet just a few of the 2 million people who have already taken AncestryDNA tests. AncestryDNA test takers are finding new family members Read More