Posted by Anna Swayne on May 21, 2014 in Events

We had a great time at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference in Richmond, Virginia and AARP Life@50+ in Boston, Massachusetts last week. Thanks everyone for stopping by and saying “Hi.” Some of our favorite things are meeting you, hearing your stories and listening to your feedback. We are grateful for your support and really enjoy talking with all of you.

Pictures From the Two Events

The team at NGS:

group at ngs

The team at the AARP conference:

aarp team

One of the highlights for me was helping others understand how AncestryDNA can help answer specific questions. We even had several people taking the DNA test onsite. The test is so simple all we need is a little saliva to test your DNA for cousin matching and genetic ethnicity.

Stories That You Shared With Us

Lisa had been looking for her grandfather for the last 10 years on and off. She had searched what she knew and gave up after hitting several brick walls and wasn’t sure where else to look. With the information she gave us we were able to look up on and find out that her grandfather lived in California the last few years of his life.  We found out when and where he died and though she was miles and miles away we showed her a picture of his grave stone, thanks to Find A Grave. “After all these years, I finally find something, thank you…thank you.”

George took a DNA test and shared with us how the AncestryDNA ethnicity results confirmed that he had Native American roots. He then matched with a 2nd cousin twice removed. This cousin was new to research and didn’t know a lot. Because of the DNA connection George was able to share with this new DNA cousin match the research he has been doing on that line for the last 20 years. “Wow, it felt good to share with someone who was anxious to learn, glad I could help.”

Our next event will be June 5-8 at the SoCal Jamboree in Burbank, California. Please come by and introduce yourself. (If you’ve been wanting to order an AncestryDNA kit, we’ll have them there for sale. No waiting for the mailman to deliver your kit to you!) We look forward to seeing you soon!

Anna Swayne

Anna Swayne has 9 years of experience in the DNA genealogy world. At Ancestry, she leads efforts in developing education to help our community maximize their experience with AncestryDNA. She believes there is real power behind DNA and the story it can unlock for each of us. When she is not talking DNA you can find her hiking or cycling in the mountains or cooking at home.


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