Genesys Works visits Ancestry

Posted by Ryan Day on September 4, 2015 in Inside our Offices, Interns, IT

Recently Ancestry employees in San Francisco volunteered to help Genesys Works, a local nonprofit. Their mission is simple: to change the life trajectory of underprivileged high school students by enabling them to work in meaningful internships, at major corporations, during their senior year in high school. The organization has partnered with JPMorgan, Accenture, Salesforce, PG&E… Read more

The Ancestry “Magnetic Containment Field” meets Docker

Posted by Harold Madsen on August 19, 2015 in Agile, Development, DevOps, Distributed Computing

In the TV series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the magnetic containment field prevents contact of antimatter with normal matter in a warp core. If the field were to collapse or fall below 15% of its maximum integrity, the starship would be destroyed. This containment field was a very important safety system for starships (reference Wikia).… Read more

Ancestry Intern Day: Networking, Food and Fun

Posted by Camille Penrod on August 13, 2015 in Inside our Offices, Interns

Last week, Ancestry interns from the Provo office gathered to participate in this summer’s Ancestry Intern Day. This day of food, networking, presentations and zip lining celebrated the program and our talented interns. During the intern day, a sampling of interns from different teams presented their favorite projects to Ancestry leadership and their peers. Ancestry… Read more

Cathy Petti joins Ancestry leadership to spearhead developments in tech and consumer health

Posted by Camille Penrod on July 31, 2015 in Health, Technical Management

Ancestry recently announced the launch of AncestryHealth in beta and the appointment of Cathy Petti as the new Chief Health Officer (CHO) of AncestryHealth. She joins our strong and growing leadership team with the initiative to guide our robust genomics, bioinformatics, privacy and security teams in a health-focused strategy and empower consumers to take charge of their… Read more

Q&A with the Barefoot Genealogist

Posted by Camille Penrod on June 19, 2015 in Inside our Offices

After attending computer camp at the age of twelve, Crista Cowan’s father gave her a special task—computerize decades of family history information. She spent years of Sunday afternoons preserving her family history. This task became a hobby, then an obsession. It lead her to private client jobs and then a career as a Corporate Genealogist… Read more

Filtering DNA matches at AncestryDNA with Timber

Posted by Julie Granka on June 8, 2015 in DNA, Science

When someone takes an AncestryDNA test, we compare their DNA to the DNA of the hundreds of thousands of other test-takers in the AncestryDNA database.  We’re looking for “DNA matches” — people who share DNA with one another, and so might be relatives. The main idea behind identifying a DNA match is to look for… Read more

Robust Flag Enumerables

Posted by Chad Groneman on June 2, 2015 in C#, Development

Flag Day in the USA is just a couple of weeks away.  Flags are used to represent different things (usually nations or states).  While the things a nation’s flag stands for are more important than what flags in code represent, it’s easier to discuss how to use flags in code, so that’s what I’ll do… Read more

2015 Hack Days at Ancestry

Posted by Christopher Bradford on April 29, 2015 in Inside our Offices, Technical Management

Several years ago, we introduced FedEx Day at Ancestry: a 24-hour hackathon to build something fun & innovative, work with people other than your everyday team, and learn new technologies and skills. Participation is voluntary and we noticed that the number of people participating was starting to decline. We gathered feedback from the teams and made… Read more

Recent University of Oxford study sheds light on estimating Great Britain ethnicity

Posted by Julie Granka on April 21, 2015 in DNA, Science

This post was co-written with Peter Carbonetto, Ph.D., Computational Biologist at AncestryDNA For every AncestryDNA customer, we estimate the ethnic origins of their ancestors from their DNA sample—what we call a “genetic ethnicity estimate.” AncestryDNA customers can currently trace their ancestral origins to specific parts of the world, including 26 regions across Europe, Africa, Asia,… Read more