Posted by Anna Swayne on July 16, 2015 in AncestryDNA

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We just hit a huge milestone, and we are excited to celebrate! In just three short years AncestryDNA has genetically tested one million people to help them discover more about themselves and their family story. Thanks a million to all of you who have been tested and for everyone who will be taking the test soon. The AncestryDNA database has more than doubled in the last year, and so far we’ve delivered 99 million connections of 4th cousins or closer. That means that on average, 1 in 5,000 people who have taken the test are related within about 5 generations.

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What does one million in our database mean for you?

DNA testing has become a must if you’re looking to discover your own story, as more people take the DNA test every day means more opportunities for connections and new discoveries. It’s amazing to look back and see how fast we have grown, but what really impresses me is the stories we’ve heard about the connections people are making. New discoveries are happening and lives are changing because of a simple DNA test. Here are a few examples of what our one million friends have found:

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“I connected with a 4th cousin and was able to break down a wall on my paternal line.” ―Melyssa from Pennsylvania (Read her full story here)

 

 

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“AncestryDNA helped bring my sister and me together. It’s been an incredible journey.” ―Wendy from California (Read how she first met her sister here)

 

 

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“I solved a 30-year-old mystery using AncestryDNA.” ―Mike from England (Watch his full story here)

 

 

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Have you made a connection using AncestryDNA that you would like to tell us about? Share your story here

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.

18 Comments

  1. Kristie Wells

    @Ania: We’ll pass this request along to the DNA team to see if they can provide an update by country in a future post. Thanks!

  2. Linda Farabee

    I want to thank you for DNA testing that connected me with my grandfather’s sister’s family. We had pictures of each other and didn’t know who was who!

  3. Bonny

    I do like the cousin feature of this DNA test. However, some of the ‘cousins’ shown are actually on my husband’s side of the family. What gives? We don’t have our ancestor charts combined so I would think it wouldn’t do this except in the rare instance in which we do have common ancestors.

  4. Joe

    Does Ancestry accept import of DNA tests done on other services, such as 23andme?

    If yes, what is the process for import. If no, are their plans to accept imports in the future?

  5. Mary Lilleskov

    We recently connected with my husband’s half sisters through Ancestry and the DNA test. They are not familiar with either Ancestry or DNA and we are having trouble explaining to them how we found them. We don’t want them to think we are scam artists.

  6. Anna

    @Linda: thanks for sharing! We would love more details around your story to share with others. Go to Ancestry.com/stories to share.
    @Bonny: Double check to make sure you have linked the right tree to the right test. If you think you may have activated his test under your saliva sample call into member services. It might be that you share common surnames among your matches-that can happen or you really are distant cousins-that can happen too.
    @Joe: We don’t accept imports and have no plans to do so at this time.
    @Mary: Congrats. Glad you made the connection. I find it helpful in these situations to share other stories where these kinds of connections can be made. Here are a couple of articles that you could pass along; http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/27/adopted-sisters-find-each-other-through-dna-testin/, http://adoption.com/ancestry-dna-reunion-katie-couric-show. Good Luck!

  7. Hasani

    I’d like a mechanism to connect to people based off of the country of origin i.e. The country of Ancestry of their grandparents. I would also like the see the ethnicity estimates refined.

  8. Anna

    @Hasani: Thanks for your feedback. We are always working on improving the DNA experience, so I will pass your comments along. The team we appreciate it.

  9. Peggy

    I wish you would now work to devise a way to re-do the Y33 dna test, so it can find comparisons. Now since my father is dead I can’t get his DNA again.And my DNA is not picking up enough to make accurate connections out of the 1 million people who have tested

  10. Jennifer

    I’m an adoptee, with a closed adoption. My birthfather information in my non identifying info was a lie.
    I did the ancestry dna, in may of 2015. I had one, 1st cousin match, which ending up being my birthfathers side. I have reached out to him, and he submitted his dna too. Still waiting on results. But has been open arms. What an unbelievable unexpected finding.
    He never knew I existed.

  11. Carmen

    We did our DNA perhaps in 2005 or so. The results were ok I guess. I’m wondering if we should submit another and have better results.

  12. Jim Leighninger

    Ancestry DNA has (we think) solved a 120 year old family mystery for two separate families! When my DNA test linked me with three members of a family I’d never heard of, without a common ancestor, I looked at their family trees. Noting two shared surnames, one rather unusual, and both closely linked to each other in my own tree, I looked closer at their tree.
    I found that the trail of one of their ancestors couldn’t be traced back any further than 1895. My own ancestor’s trail dried up in 1895. His unusual middle name was the same as my ancestor’s first name. Finding nearly identical birth dates, hometowns and the names of the wives’ parents (the two shared surnames), I made contact with the other family whose DNA was linked to mine.We began sharing information, old photos and other details. To our mutual amazement, we came to the conclusion that my ancestor, who (by family legend) had left his wife and four small children, and then supposedly with his own sister-in-law, vanished from historical record, was probably the ancestor of the other family, and he had begun a new life in a nearby state and started over! Family lore with the other family was that their ancestor and his wife steadfastly refused to discuss their past.
    We may never know for sure, but for us, at least, their mystery and ours is finally solved. I can finish the story of my great grandfather, and they can now push their family tree back further several more generations. And both families can add additional branches to our trees and begin filing in some missing pieces to a puzzle that had lingered for 120 years.

    Jim Leighninger
    Greta Anderson Cain
    Branson Anderson

  13. Carla

    Its a shame DNA test from various sources are not shared. Not everyone can afford to take multiple tests, but yet could enjoy and benefit greatly from the process. If the primary motive behind all this were discovery, it would involve the opportunity for sharing as much as possible I should think. Its unfortunate that lack of sharing and costs of memberships are prohibitive. So many others could discover what the thrill and joys of genealogy can bring to one’s life. Among those – interaction with others and a sense of belonging.

  14. Cherryl Walker

    As an adoptee, when I was old enough to understand, I was handed a faded, torn piece of yellow paper with notes about my background as jotted down by a social worker and given to my adoptive parents many-many decades ago. It was a delight to compare those sketchy words to actual facts from the DNA test. I now have multiple cousins “out there”. Curiously, if I have any siblings, they are not stepping up to participate in the DNA project. Oh, well, what I have is good! Thanks.

  15. Valerie Worden-Pitts

    It works, that’s why my husband took the test. He wanted to know the truth about his real father. And it worked.he also found out he has three other brothers he didn’t even know about. The only sad part is. His real father never had a chance to see his grandchildren. We found out his real father is Melvin Roy Cavanaugh Feb 4, 1921 – Jan 29 1985. His other brothers are Marvin Ross Cavanaugh Jul 7 1952 – Jul 22 2011, Douglas Roy Cavanaugh Jul 13 1955 – Jan 27 2006, and Artie Cavanaugh. We are still trying to find him. Last thing we know about him is he lived in Portland, Oregon. So please if anyone knows any info on him please pass on. Thank you so much.

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