Recently we reached a very exciting milestone: one million people tested in the AncestryDNA database. (You can read the announcement here.) Aisha, our one millionth customer in the AncestryDNA database, isn’t just a number to us; she has a story. That story starts with her curiosity about her origins. As an African American, she always wondered where her family came from.
“I want to be able to distinguish myself and be able to relate to my own culture…there has always been a part of me that has been searching for an identity outside of America,” she says. She knew her roots went back to Africa, and she had some theories about where in Africa that might have been, but she never knew for certain until she took the AncestryDNA test.
Her ethnicity results left her surprised and so excited, she immediately called her father. Aisha’s ethnicity results show her being 86% African with the highest percentage (20%) coming from Nigeria. After sharing her full results (which you can see to the right) with her dad, she encouraged him to take the test so they could see what she might have inherited from him.
Aisha has spent time tracing her grandmother’s paternal line back to the Toronto, Canada, area in the 1600s and believes these ancestors came from France. That may explain where some of her 13% European ancestry comes from. Now she’s looking forward to exploring her cousin matches to see if she can connect more dots in her family history.
“My experience with the test has been very fun and educational,” Aisha says. Exciting enough that she has bought tests for other family members so she can learn more.
As our database has grown, brick walls have crumbed, family traditions have been confirmed or refuted, adoptees have been reconnected with family, and these are only some of the thousands of discoveries and connections that have been made. And AncestryDNA is continuing to develop new tools using the latest technology to improve and expand ethnicity and matching results for Aisha, her family and anyone else who has or will take the DNA test. The future is bright for DNA testing.
We are always happy to hear stories from our million friends and look forward to another million people taking the test. Do you have a story to share? Share your story here.
Have you discovered the stories waiting in your DNA? Join the million+ who have today. To learn more and purchase a AncestryDNA kit for 20% off visit this link (AncestryDNA discount open to U.S. customers-only and expires August 17, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET).