Posted by Anna Swayne on January 30, 2015 in AncestryDNA

across the pondWe’ve been counting down the days until AncestryDNA would be available outside the United States and it has finally arrived!

The AncestryDNA database has grown to more than 700,000 people, and now that the test is available in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, it will grow even faster with new possibilities for discovery on both sides of the pond.

Here are four more reasons to be excited for the new launch of AncestryDNA tests in the UK and Ireland—even if you don’t live there.

  1. Meet your European cousins. Imagine getting a new DNA cousin match who is able to tell you more about the little village your 5th great-grandmother was born in because they live near or in that same village today. Now that AncestryDNA is available in the UK and Ireland, you could start seeing matches in your ancestral homelands.
  2. Build a bridge across the pond. Sometimes the paper trail gets lost on the shores of the Atlantic. Maybe you haven’t been able to find the records that get you back to the old country, maybe they were destroyed, or maybe they never existed. But the genetic record that has continued in your family both here and there might allow you to pick up that trail again, give you new places to look, or connect you with someone who knows the story of the family that stayed behind.
  3. Tap into peak migration years. Irish immigration peaked in the mid- and late 1800s, and it’s estimated that more than 4 million Irish immigrated to America in the hundred years between 1830 and 1930. For most of us, those years fall within the 7-generation range of the recently launched DNA Circles, which means there’s a good chance of finding family members who didn’t emigrate, now that those families could appear in the AncestryDNA database.
  4. Already have family in the UK or Ireland? Now they can take advantage of all the insights that come from AncestryDNA. If you haven’t tested other family members yet because they live in the UK or Ireland, now is the time to have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or even first cousins get their DNA tested to preserve that family information. Every family member is unique and carries different DNA, so testing as many family members as possible will help you capture those unique segments of your genetic heritage and make more connections.

If any of you are like me, I have a few lines that “appear” in the U.S. with few or no leads as to where they came from. In fact, I have three different lines going back to the 5th generation who were born in 1832, 1837, and 1844 in Kentucky, Virginia, and Indiana respectively, and that’s where I’m stuck.  Census records tell me one of these lines came from England, which means I’m extremely excited for AncestryDNA to be available there now. I’m hoping to match with cousins there who can connect me to my past on these lines.

Even if I don’t get a close match right away I can look for leads to take me down a new path of research. This opens a whole new pool of opportunity. I’ll share any new discoveries I have here, and if you find a cousin who helps you make a new discovery, share with us on Facebook or below in the comments.

 

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.

29 Comments

  1. Jack Millin

    I submitted my DNA to Ancestry way back in November 2007 paying the joining fee which seem to have lapsed and been I waste of time and expense. What happened to it? is there any link to the current DNA programme?

  2. Wendy Davis

    I submitted my DNA a few weeks ago (US), will it be linked to the UK? My brother and I are from England. My father’s family is from the U.S., though my brother’s father is from England. My brother never knew his Father’s family. Would my brother find connection’s now or does he have to submit a new DNA sample? I am interested for my mother’s family.

  3. Anna

    @Barbara We hope to make it available in other countries in the future although we do not have a date for this yet.
    @Wendy No, your brother doesn’t need to take another DNA test to find cousins in England. Everyone who takes the AncestryDNA test will be included into the same database and be compared to one another to find cousin matches. This a huge benefit for anyone who has taken or will take the AncestryDNA test.
    @Jack you can access your DNA results via the DNA page but searching capabilities are no longer available. Check out this post for more info https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/06/12/comments-on-y-dna-and-mtdna-tests/

  4. Lynn David

    Well, AncestryDNA has me listed as 45% English, but every one of my ancestors are from continental Europe. So I wonder how many false-positives I’ll be getting now.

  5. EloiseGentry19130

    I bought the DNA kit but could never get enough saliva to send it. I have dry mouth and it’s not going to happen.With swabbing my cheek could I get the same results?

  6. Don Gavin

    I’m active in the lds church I am also married to a Korean woman who was adopted as an infant I am now taking a genealogy class at church and would like to know what steps I need to take to find my wife’s ancestors

  7. lorece

    For those of you who can’t seem to get enough saliva:
    1. It doesn’t take nearly as much as it appears to and
    2. I layed across the bed with my face hanging toward the floor and waited for the saliva to gather. Hope that helps!

  8. Lorraine

    I have seen several documentaries stating that some people that have Native American ancestry show up as Asian in some DNA tests, we have pictures of family members great, great grandmother that is clearly Cherokee Native American and the testing came back from Ancestry DNA in 2005 as Asian 3% and Native American 1% the remainder European. There is the land bridge theory for the Asian markers and Native Americans can you advise why when we have family and pictures but not in Cherokee Nation Registry and her family travelled the Trail of Tears losing a mother there.

  9. Lynda

    WooHooo!!!, can’t wait!!!
    Can we offer or prepay for someone we strongly suspect that is a link in UK, to us here in USA?
    Do we pay you, and you contact, or Do we contact them, then you with payment and you send the packet to them? How should we approach this? Or just wait and see?????
    For me, it would sure make things 100% easier to have it confirmed, for both myself and for the other person in UK, to be able to know that we were indeed sharing with a family blood member. I don’t mean to be hurtful, but when it comes to sharing a line, in my opinion, should be noted if there is someone special that has been adopted into the family, the DNA wouldn’t be the same, and while I do like to include in some things it defeats the purpose of even having a pedigree or line…….

  10. Robert

    Americans of Irish heritage want to know where in Ireland they came from and so take DNA tests as part of their research. But what incentive does an Irish person living in Ireland have to take the test. It would be nice if Ancestry paid Irish men from different parts of Ireland to take their DNA test so we would be sure of having matches.

  11. THERESAVONPLINSKY

    I can’t wait, I couldn’t believe how many George Slacks there are and I’ve been going around in circles, trying to figure out which is which. Maybe the DNA will help narrow things down between USA, Canada and England, middle names weren’t much help either, either George Henry Slack sailed back and forth between two continents or there are at least 1/2 a dozen of them. I’m a novice at this, so I need all the help this might offer.

  12. Susie Michael

    I have contacted ancestry wanting to find my biological father who I was told is from the USA, unfortunately because I do not know is name, I was told that they couldn’t help so with the Ancestry DNA, can I be able to provide my DNA to finding a match in your database? Please advise the process involved. Thank you.

  13. I have been told for over a year now that you are working on making the DNA testing available in Canada. Since all of my ancestors are from Canada, I would MOST APPRECIATE THIS!!!

  14. Debbi Conley

    I can’t wait; my Conley (Connelly,Connely, etc.,) immigrated from Ireland; the Brandon side from England; I can’t wait to hear I have connections. The Conley name is spelled so diversely (because family lines wanted to distinguish their line from another line, they would change the spelling within the family) it is hard to find the correct immigration records.

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