AncestryDNA Scientists Achieve Advancement in Human Genome Reconstruction

Posted by Julie Granka on December 16, 2014 in DNA, Science, Uncategorized

Passed down through the generations, fragments of the genomes of long-gone ancestors exist today in the genomes of their living descendants. Those fragments can actually be used to recover parts of those ancestors’ genomes – without having to resort to some more morbid techniques for obtaining their DNA.  That means a potentially easier way for… Read more

Lessons Learned from a Monster Artist

Posted by Dan Lawyer on November 19, 2014 in Inside our Offices

Yes, we made monsters out of clay. If you happened to be in Midway, Utah at the very end of September you might have bumped into the Ancestry product team holding our annual product summit. About 80 of us gathered for an action packed two-day event filled with team building, strategic conversations, and a few… Read more

Monitoring progress of SOA HPC jobs programmatically

Posted by Chad Groneman on October 17, 2014 in C#, Development, Distributed Computing

Here at, we currently use Microsoft’s High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster to do a variety of things.  My team has multiple things we use an HPC cluster for.  Interestingly enough, we don’t communicate with HPC exactly the same for any distinct job type.  We’re using the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) model for two of… Read more

2 Talks and 4 Posters in 4 Days at the ASHG Annual Meeting

Posted by Julie Granka on October 15, 2014 in DNA, Science

For the AncestryDNA science team, October brings more than fall foliage and pumpkins.  It also brings us the yearly meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), the main conference of the year in our field. On Saturday, we’ll arrive in San Diego to join thousands of other scientists for a four day conference… Read more

Ancestry Opens Its Doors for NewCo.SF

Posted by Melissa Garrett on September 8, 2014 in Technology Conferences

Ancestry was selected as a 2014 NewCo.SF host company. Come join us at our San Francisco office on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 4:30pm PT to hear from Eric Shoup, EVP of Product at He will provide an inside look at the unique and meaningful business of family history and the tech, science, and product… Read more

Stop using anchors as buttons!

Posted by Jason Boyer on September 2, 2014 in Accessibility, CSS/HTML/JavaScript, UX, Web

Semantic buttons and links are important for usability as well as accessibility. Hyperlinks indicate a URL change, whereas buttons are used to perform an action. I thought this post up in response to a question asked on Stack Overflow over 5 years ago. Which one should you use? <a href=”#” onclick=”doSomething()”>Do Something</a> <a href=”javascript:void(0);” onclick=”doSomething()”>Do… Read more

The DNA matching research and development life cycle

Posted by Julie Granka on August 19, 2014 in DNA, Science

Research into matching patterns of over a half-million AncestryDNA members translates into new DNA matching discoveries  Among over 500,000 AncestryDNA customers, more than 35 million 4th cousin relationships have been identified – a number that continues to grow rapidly at an exponential rate.  While that means millions of opportunities for personal discoveries by AncestryDNA members,… Read more