Posted by Anna Swayne on April 2, 2015 in Website

Today, we announced a new AncestryDNA experience called “New Ancestor Discoveries” based on years of research and development by our science team that is revolutionizing the way people discover, preserve, and share their family history. New Ancestor Discoveries combines DNA testing with the power of 65 million trees to help you discover your story in a way never before possible—until now.  Learn more about the announcement here.

We’re excited to share what this new experience looks like. Since not everyone will have a New Ancestor Discovery yet, we’d like to give you a preview of what to expect when you do. Watch Kenny Freestone, AncestryDNA’s Director of Product, give a tour of New Ancestor Discoveries and what you could discover for your own family story.

How can New Ancestor Discoveries help you?

  • Find ancestors you may have never known, even if you know absolutely nothing about your family history, through this high-tech combination of DNA, family trees, and family history expertise.
  • Cross the pond in your research with new ancestors from England, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, and more.
  • Go back as far as the 1700s in an instant through your AncestryDNA test.
  • Find relatives that you may never have found with family trees or historical records alone.
  • Grow your family tree with genetic evidence.

New Ancestor Discoveries represents the next BIG step for unlocking the family stories in your DNA. Your DNA knows something that you don’t. It’s time to discover it.

Check out our new step-by-step guide on “Getting the Most from Your New Ancestor Discoveries.”


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.


  1. Christine Cappone

    How do I find the DNA results for my husband and myself? We did this test a couple years ago and I don’t know how to find it…. I want to see the new features. Do I have to pay for this new feature?

  2. Kristie Wells

    @Christine: When you are logged into Ancestry, go to the DNA tab and then ‘Your DNA Results Summary’ link. Scroll down the page and under your ethnicity breakdown you should see a dark brown box. It will either note you do have New Ancestor Discoveries or not. Let me know if you still need help finding it.

  3. Hee… In the video, Kenny skips over his “ancestor” having 25 children. This is an obvious tell, that there is a great deal wrong with so many of these synthetic mini-biographies.

  4. Samantha jones

    While the ancestor discovery feature is a nice try, it falls really short. I also don’t understand how they are saying they base this off of years of research. This is going to list false ancestors as new ancestor discoveris and confuse many people. It is already listing false ancestors for two of my cousins and probably for several more as well. See my post from last night:

    And a blog post from someone else:

  5. KatW

    Could you please clarify this answer from your FAQ “How Large is the AncestryDNA database?”:
    “AncestryDNA is the leader in DNA testing for family history and includes more than 700,000 people who have taken the AncestryDNA test as well as the ability to access, the worlds largest online family history resource, which includes millions of family trees and over 15 billion historical records.”

    The way I interpret this is that when you order the AncestryDNA test, you get access to your results and also access to the Ancestry website which includes family trees & historical records. However, as a non-subscribed member to Ancestry, I already have access to the Ancestry website but I cannot have access to the family trees or the records until I subscribe to Ancestry. This FAQ answer is not clear in regard to exactly what kind of access one receives with the DNA test. If I were to do the DNA test, would I also have to subscribe to Ancestry to be see the family trees of and to be able to contact these “family members” also on Ancestry that my test might divulge? And thinking about this in reverse, will any of those Ancestry members who get this test be able to contact me (once I were to take the test) if I were not also a fully subscribed Ancestry member? It’s quite vague and I’d like to know if I will also have to subscribe to Ancestry for 6 months or 1 yr in order to be actually be able to do anything (like connecting with others related by familial lines) with the resulting information besides just viewing it on your website.

  6. Jade

    Since you refuse to provide dna specifics, refuse ever to provide a chromosome browser tool, and base most of the purported matching on faulty trees, many customers are finding your supposed ancestral results to be completely wrong.

  7. Desiree

    I am so excited for this feature. On a recent survey, this was my exact wish for ancestrydna – to try to predict our ancestor. This information is available and should be used. It will be up to each user to confirm the finding but WHAT AN AMAZING TOOL! Thank you,!

  8. KatW

    Hello? Can anyone at Ancestry please answer my questions (above) about what exactly is included (or what is limited) in terms of the website/information access that is now presented in your promo materials as being a part of this new DNA test? I’d like to evaluate purchasing this test but I need those key questions answered. Thank you.

  9. John

    Just like the search tool. More garbage than good since the focus is on quantity and not on relevance. I’ll put my hip waders on though and give it a slog. If nothing else, it might spark some new ideas.

  10. Jack Coffee

    I completed a 37 marker test some years ago with FTDNA. Is it practice for them to send my sample to Ancestry if I request it?

  11. KatW

    Apparently no one at Ancestry reads this blog to ensure answers are given to the comments. I am still waiting to find out the details I need in order to fully evaluate running these DNA tests. Guess I’ll send an email to customer service too since blog comments are solicited yet ignored.

  12. Anna

    @KatW: when you take an AncestryDNA test you can message and receive messages from your DNA cousin matches. However, unless you are a subscriber you will have limited access to the family tree of your matches and will need to have a membership to see records.

  13. smokeysf

    This is a great tool. It should be used with caution. Just because one person shows up in your tree as a possible ancestor, and is not, doesn’t mean they are not related. My results say I am related to FEMALE A as a potential ancestor. However, it is her son that Ancestry is basing that off of. Her son was the result of an unknown father. This father is the person we are actually related to. However, since the father is never mentioned on Ancestry, only the mother appears as possible relation.

  14. I can’t find this feature. I saw it initially, but I didn’t have any discoveries, as of yet. However, I can’t even find it at all

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