Posted by Anna Swayne on August 10, 2015 in AncestryDNA

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.

1337-dna-15-1milliongenomescampaign-customer-stories-aisha“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%) aisha resultscoming 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).

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. Jojo

    23andme has over 1 million DNA profiles also. Imagine if Ancestry supported import of 23andme DNA results. There might be a lot more stories like the one above!

  2. Barbara

    I have really loved finding out about my roots via DNA testing. The great thing is that when I come across a new name, I can double check my cousin matches to see if the name seems to fit with the general details. I have been amazed at my results. While some grandparent names are still missing, I have been able to connect using placeholders two or more generations back. And, while my connections may not always be perfect, I know they are extremely close. I am among the fortunate to have early Virginia & Massachusetts maternal families with plenty of records.

    Example: I am 99% certain I recently found at least one “missing” grandparent and wrote a paper for other researchers explaining why I connected this maternal 3rd great-grandfather & grandmother. My cousin relatives & I have searched for this Blanchard name for 30 YEARS. (My uncle started the research in 1985!) And, when I found my “suspect,” I added him & the grandmother. Turns out his father was the person that we long-suspected to be our 4th great grandfather!

    Then, when I researched my “suspected” grandmother I was finally able to piece it all together. I traced her family (Hurdle) back. Guess what? She had a great-aunt who was the grandmother of one of my DNA cousins.

    This was all done through DNA. Can I be 100% certain that I’m correct? No — but it’s very very close as confirmed by other cousins who DO have documentation. And that’s OK with me.

    And one of these days I know a record will show up.

    My DNA is very complex since my mother’s family has English, Irish, Scots roots. My father’s family is Spanish, Native American (Mexico) and Texas. Our story spans the creation of the United States at the intersection of east meets west. As a result, I have actually become interested in American history.

    I could enthusiastically go on and on for hours about what I’ve found. Thank you for this project.

  3. Elizabeth Holmberg

    Can you please investigate the claim that Eastern Band Cherokee from North Carolina and surrounding area. One repart states they have Mediterranean DNA instead of Asian/Native American. None of my relatives who have been tested show NA, but do show Iberian Peninsula, Middle Eastern, and North African.

  4. It would be very helpful to search by user name when trying to compare DNA matches. When collaborating with another member, I asked her to check to see if she marched with 3 particular other members. Poor thing; she had to scroll through 1000 matches just to get through the 3rd cousins. Since I had given her the names, it would been much easier to search for those names specifically. Any chance that could be an enhancement?

  5. Gerald Brickwood

    I’m glad to hear Aisha’s experience was so positive and enlightening.
    Though I must admit mine was not so, in fact it was a bit confusing! I’m still trying to determine how the largest percentage of my DNA is of Iberian source when there isn’t a Spanish/Portuguese name in the family tree as far back as it goes. With a father of British decent and a French Canadian mother, it knocked me for a loop! And to add to the confusion no combination of characteristics totals to 50% so there is no way to even guess which parent contributed which DNA. Confused.

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