Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 14, 2016 in Website

Turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, pie. Every dish on your Thanksgiving table brings something different to the meal. Just like every member of your family brings something different to your genetic family tree. Scroll over the diners at our table to get an idea of what DNA testing other members of your family can add to your research. And if you want even more detail, you’ll find that below.

Family gathered around Thanksgiving dinner


You get half your DNA from each parent, so test them both to learn more about the half you didn’t get. Find out which ethnicity regions you did—or didn’t—inherit, divide your matches into paternal and maternal lines, and get matches you won’t by pushing your research back another generation.


Testing grandparents extends your research back two generations, and on average you inherit about 25% of your DNA from each of your four grandparents. That means their ethnicity estimates may include regions yours doesn’t, they’ll have matches you don’t, and you’ll be able to assign their matches to specific branches on your tree.

Aunts, Uncles, Cousins:

Aunts, uncles, and cousins can provide alternatives when you can’t test a more direct ancestor. You can also use them as a group to help “re-create” an older generation (see “Siblings” below) or confirm research. They’ll have matches you don’t, and you can use shared matches to help identify which branch of your tree they belong on.


If a parents isn’t available to test, testing all the brothers and sisters in a generation can help you re-create a good picture of their parents’ DNA profile. Sibs will differ in their ethnicity estimates (there can be bragging rights at stake here) and may have matches you don’t as well.


Are you positive your guests aren’t actually family? It happens, and DNA can help you find out. Even if they’re not your family, they’ll match somebody in the AncestryDNA database, which can get them interested in discovering their own past.


Kids love experiments, technology, and spitting. DNA testing has all three. It’s a great way to get them interested in their own history and for you to find out what ethnic heritage they did—or didn’t—get from Mom or Dad. (Note: Tests for children under 18 must be submitted by a legal guardian.)


  1. Gray Zimlich

    My brother and I have both had our DNA tested. But what do we do now? Have no clue what it can tell us, what to look at, what questions to ask, etc. HELP!

  2. Christal Leggett

    I have received my initial results, now I would more specific information regarding my leading DNA such as where do I gain international information? I have visited these countries but need to know what group of people in the countries identify.

  3. Nathaniel A. Gray

    In previous years, Ancestry has offered discounts on the price of its DNA test. Will a special “Holiday Discount” be coming soon? I have three members of my extended family who want to test but are waiting for the reduced price before they order their kit.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      We are unable to confirm whether there will be a Holiday discount, however, if or when we do have such an offer, you will receive an email about it, if you are on the mailing list.

  4. Gerlad Brickwood

    The results of my DNA testing produced more confusion and questions than help! On using the tree developed on my Father’s side is all apparent Anglo-Saxon heritage. On my Mother’s All French through Canada (which could account for the Native American portion). Both the British and the French heritage could bring with it some markers from Italy & Greece. But NOTHING in the people named in my tree an account for the largest portion of my heritage coming from the Iberian Peninsula! There isn’t a Spanish/Portuguese name in the bunch.

  5. Mary Jane Robbins

    Would like to know if you will be discounting price of DNA test as you have in the past. Thank you for any help you can give me on this. Mary Jane

  6. Highlandlassie

    I have a sister I would like to get a DNA test for. I took mine ages ago and was hoping to maybe get something new from hers. But my question is, how do I connect her results to my tree and not have it be attached to me. She is not a member on Ancestry.

  7. Samantha Smith

    I was orphaned so I haven’t a clue. Are there any close matches to the DNA test you’ve already done for me?

  8. Karen Jacobs

    @Highlandlassie – Since you are submitting the test for your sister, you’ll have full access to the results on your DNA page. You link her results to her name in your tree, and her results are kept separate from yours. I’ve done this with both my parents, now deceased, and I can view matches that I have in common with each of them so that I know which side of my tree they came from. The directions that come through with your results are very easy to follow. It is definitely worth it!

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      We recommend to give us a call on 1-800-ANCESTRY (1-800-262-3787) between the hours of 9am to 11pm EST, seven days a week. We can then try to see why you have not received your results.

  9. Bill Spencer

    Gerlad – if you can get one or both of your parents tested, that will tell you which side the Iberian is on. Even better if you can get grandparents tested.
    If you can’t get your parents tested, try getting siblings, aunts, uncles, & cousins tested.
    E.g., If a cousin on your mother’s side has Iberian too, then it’s likely you both got your Iberian from the same source.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      We do not print results or send results via email. To access your results go to and click Sign In on the top right hand corner. Then enter your username and password and Sign In. Once you are signed in, click on the DNA tab in the black bar at the top of the page to see your results.

  10. Wendy

    In reading the article, I’m trying to understand how my siblings could have different ethnicity percentages when we come from the same parents? Sorry if this is a dumb question!!

  11. wanda reed

    I like to know what I have to look forward to in the near future. If I’m going to have good luck or bad luck. Is there any way that they can tell by doing a DNA. Let me know please.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

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  12. Ralph

    I am really confused. I have traced my ancestors back through great great grandparents. They all come from France but my DNA results does not list France. What’s up with that?

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    I do not agree with dna results. my paternal grandmother was 100% native American, the 1920 censes she was living on a reservation in ok. yet u say that i’am 75% English, don’t sound right!

  14. Frank Mayer

    My DNA test results were completely at odds with what I know about my family background. Could you have mistaken my DNA sample for someone else’s?

  15. carolyn R McDonald

    I’m not sure what one does next. I’m adopted with very little history information and although I’ve searched, Ancestry seems like I’m starting all over again with less direction than when I was on my own or using a private investigator. Seems the process is quite cumbersome.

  16. David Mottola

    Are the costs for a spouse or kids the same as myself, being the first to get the DNA testing done?
    And please, do not use this message as an opportunity to add more emails.
    Thank you.

  17. Jane Newman

    My husband and I have the exact same DNA! Can you please help me find out why? The results are so generic, I dont understand how to read this and there are no directions.

  18. Karen Bauer

    Gerlad Brickwood, I, too have a sizeable chunk of Iberian Peninsula, but keep in mind that waaaay back when, the Celts came from Iberia. So Irish and northern English (maybe Scottish, too?) heritage could be where you got the Iberian. It’s the CELTS!

  19. Beth Steury

    HOW can matches be divided into maternal and paternal lines? You say above it can be done but there’s no details as to the HOW.

  20. Heather

    Hi I came across this post earlier this is the best I’ve seen so good luck to all .
    November 25 – 28th Ancestry . com will be having a promotion on their DNA kits. They will be offering them for $69.00, which is the lowest price of the year.

    If you have considered “paying it forward” this is the time to do it to get the most “bang for your buck”.

  21. jan kaiden

    I am more confused than ever, my grandparents always said we were native American (on my dads side). and when other relatives where asked over the years the answer was always yes, my grandfather was full, and my grandmother didn’t know her percentage. Could they have been lying to us all those years. the dna results were correct on my mothers side as she told me where all her relatives came from. This is very depressing

  22. Saul Valdez

    This may have been asked already; but, why are all native Americans clumped into the same gene pool? Were you not able to find real native, Mayan, Toltec, Navajo, etc. descendants? Why can’t we get a clearer picture of our Native American Heritage?

  23. carol

    do you need to be an Ancestry member to do the test , do they send you the result s/ tree in the mail . thanks

  24. Nelda McAdon

    I did take the DNA test and it showed pretty much what I thought it would – mostly Irish, some German and 2% unknown. I am curious about that 2%.

  25. Tammy

    I did DNA testing from another website and it came back only 100% European. How do I know this DNA testing will have more ethnic detail?

  26. Heidi

    M mom was adopted but was never given any information about her family. I had my DNA tested but she passed awy before we could get her tested. I saved her hairbrush. Is it possible to test her DNA using her hair?

  27. Brianne Kirkpatrick

    Some people discover unexpected relatives (half sibs, etc) from testing family members. I have set up a secret/private support group for people who are the one in family to make the discovery and aren’t sure what to do next. Find me on FB if this happens to you.

  28. Kathleen Paton

    I am the step-mom of 2 adult children who were adopted at birth. Would Ancestry DNA be a good start for them to potentially find birth family members?

  29. Kathy

    Thanks for the heads up on the discounted DNA testing Heather… I really would like to order 3 kits myself for gifts for myself and my son and daughter what a bargain that will be!!!

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      We recommend to give us a call on 1-800-ANCESTRY (1-800-262-3787) between the hours of 9am to 11pm EST, seven days a week. We can then try to locate the account with your results.

  30. Barbara White

    I have my DNA results . I found my birth mother years ago before she passed . I still do not know where or who my Birth Father is I thought Joining Ancestry would help me find out information but I do not know where to start can someone please help

  31. Jane Pilson

    To Gerlad Brickwood, about your Iberian Peninsula heritage. Keep running your family tree back into the past. I started with a Shelton from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and got back to the kings of Spain, by way of the Boleyns. I’m even descended from someone I always thought was a legend, El Cid, Roderigo Diaz de Bivar.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

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  32. Alba Pareto

    I had my DNA tested, unpleasant surprise. My mother is Danish (she and all relatives born in Denmark) my father a mixture of mostly Portuguese (most his relatives have proven Portuguese ancestors and surnames– and some Dutch, and I am Brazilian: OK, no Scandinavian blood and almost no Portuguese blood was found. They said I am Irish, English and central European, an impossibility!!! And more, I sent sample for another DNA test and it was altogether different! I read about an American woman, Norwegian mother and an Native American grand -father, none showed in her test! I had already sent my test, so I had already wasted my money. None of us has been adopted, since all of us look very much like our parents, and so do all my Danish relatives.

  33. Idella Oliver

    I really can’t do this because I was adopted and know nothing of my heritage, which is sad, because I have no idea of who my family really is. I wish that you could help me find my real family. I’m 50 years old now, and my real parents may be past on. I don’t know if I have brothers or sisters……nothing.

  34. Rhoda Briggs

    Just wanted to let you know that I believe my DNA results. I would trust that over my Tree research! My nephew and grand neice did the DNA, and matched us up as extremely close matches. Since then I found out why I had Holland and Iberian DNA when I identified two Pilgrim connections (they stayed in Holland almost 10 years,) marrying locals and having children, before leaving for America. My 4 x great grandfather, Briggs, married two sisters whose father’s Sears line went all the way back to the 1500’s in the Netherlands. There is yet another Netherlands connection in my Briggs line as an ancestor in England married a woman whose last name begins VAN. Recently I was able to shed some light on my Iberian connection when I discovered that one of my great great grandfathers , a Goodwin, had a Jewish connection through his mother’s family who ancestors where driven out of Spain to NY in New Amsterdam, to Newport, RI, then Boston and later Ipswich. So your research has to be accurate or you are chasing up the wrong Tree. Very important to follow those female lines, and find their maiden names. Many of them remarried several times which is more of a challenge . Good luck to you all!

  35. WhitcuT94

    to Barbara White-searching for birth father: have you sought your original birth certificate in the State where you were born? Was your name changed? If so, and you know your original name, start there, in the Orphan’s Court. You should provide the city in which you were born, date of birth, your given name, and name and age of your birth mother. If you know where she was from, enter her full name , date and place of birth into Ancestry. If her surname was a common one, it may be much more difficult to find exact info. If you know anything about dates and place of your adoption hearing, you may find something in your county seat’s Orphan’s court records, as well. Good luck.

  36. R. Reed

    I received DNA results, but I had submitted years ago, an extensive family genealogy to “Family Tree”. The report only referred me to what I had researched years ago

  37. Deborah Brooks

    If you order a DNA test kit, PLEASE check the expiration date and use it before then! I bought one and kept it too long. When my father finally agreed to use it, we discovered it had expired!

  38. Sara Dixon

    My mother gave a baby up for adoption when I was 3, it was never discussed. Well, that sibling was discovered through both of us sending in our DNA. She just wanted to discover her nationality not look for family. She was told her parents were killed in a car crash so she thought there wasn’t any family out there. When she saw that we were immediate family and my picture she contacted me through Ancestry. We always thought the baby given up for adoption was a half sibling and we didn’t know the sex of the baby. Our DNA shows we are full siblings! She went from being an only child to a sister to 4 full siblings and 2 half siblings. I’m sad we went 60 years without her but so happy to have her finally in our family!

  39. Kristina Clever

    I am absolutely obsessed with DNA. I now manage 26 AncestryDNA kits taken by various family members. I only wish there was a way to transfer results from FTDNA. My father and his half sister (both deceased) tested there, and I’d love to bring it to AncestryDNA.

  40. Killie

    Can a person who is adopted and knows only that they may be part hispanic find anything out other than what their dna says their nationality is especially if they do not know who their biological parents are ? How much does it cost?

  41. Lisa McGrady

    Idella and other adoptees – I was also adopted at birth and knew very little about my birth parents. I obtained the information social services would supply regarding my adoption (no names, no dates) but with a lot of searching was eventually able to find a half-sister. It can be done!

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      The DNA kit is $99 and the standard shipping charge is $9.95 and expedited shipping is $24.95.

  42. I am very happy to of done my mom, dad and paternal grandmothers DNA as they ALL passed away in 2016 this year. My mom never knew a thing about her dad. Doing my DNA there was Greek/Italian. to my surprise! I sent mom a kit and her % was high so we know her father was most likely that nationality. In my probables of that nationality they must be related to my moms father . They are also of course listed in her DNA list. My question is how could I put this puzzle together to find him? or can I? My mom may have siblings she did not know of. Please advise thank you.

  43. Cinda

    Is there a way to link my DNA results to two trees? I keep my father’s line and my mother’s line in two separate trees. Consequently I can see links to people in that family tree, but not my mother’s line. Or can I combine the two trees at this point? (I find using two smaller trees less unwieldy.)

  44. Valerie

    Kristina Clever,
    You can import results from FTDNA and and 23 and to and create a family tree. I am still learning to use the site, but I have all the testing my family members have done connected to my account there. You can also find others who maybe related to you that are also registered there, so it can become a collaborative process. Good luck!

  45. Lisa Curtis

    I had my dna done. I am born and raised in the us. How can I be 74% British? More British that a natural born Britain?

  46. Donna

    I was adopted as an infant but in 2000 I was able to find my birth mother. I have 4 younger sisters all born by the same mother. Through ancestry DNA we were able to confirm that I do not have the same father as them ( our mother passed away shortly after I met her). But the DNA is helping me narrow down my birth father’s family. Thank you.

  47. Wilbur L. Bluhm

    My DNA test results were not received, for whatever reason. Can you please resend them? Thank you.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

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  48. Muriel Kingsbury

    My DNA results found my grandmother who disappeared in 1910 and was thought dead. She remarried and gave my dad two sisters he never knew about . Thank you Ancestry and DNA!!

  49. Sally Lunsford

    I wondered just how accurate this test would be. My first match came and said it was most likely a first cousin. Had to laugh… it was my granddaughter!! Did wish the report was more specific and name country not just an area of say, Central Europe or Britain. Is there a way it can be more specific?

  50. Valeria, thank you for the comment about Gedmatch. All of my kits are uploaded there, including the ones from FTDNA. Over the past 2 years, I have solved several NPE and adoption cases in my family tree and for friends I have met along the way. Not having the chromosome data available directly at AncestryDNA is quite frustrating, but Gedmatch fills in the gap…when I can get matches to upload there.

  51. Edith Mayes

    i would love to find more of my family on here and on facebook and learn more about them and so i can in cloud them in my thanksgivening thanks

  52. Ronald N. da Silva

    I’m 82. I can trace my paternal grandfather back to Madeira, my paternal grandmother back to Hawaii even before it became a US Territory. I can trace my maternal grandmother to Germany … many years ago. Very little about my maternal grandfather. Just what can a DNA test tell me what I don’t already know? A general area would be of little interest. I suppose if everyone had a recorded DNA test back to when humanoids first existed on this planet much more could be known.

  53. Gerald Brickwood

    Thanks to all who’ve responded! Sorry about misspelling my name, but I admit I’m a terrible typist! Karen, I’m entirely sure about the Celts coming from Iberia, at its height the “Celtic Empire” stretched from Northern Italy to Scotland including what is now France and Germany. In fact the Gauls that Caesar took such pride in defeating were Celts and so was Queen Boudicca. Many of the soldiers who crossed the Alps with Hannibal were Celt Iberians also. Beats me why they haven’t developed DNA markers for Celts as a group!
    Karen – So far all my research has led me to English yeomen, French peasants and Canadian “Habitants”, not a Sieur in the bunch! So I doubt I’ll discover anyone who was one of Charlemange’s Paladins!
    One of the other puzzlers about my results is nothing totals to 50%! So I cannot even guess what comes from my Father and What from my Mother.
    Thanks to all again!

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  55. R.Selkirk

    Ronald N. da Silva — Having your lineage fully traced back to a point is only half the story, getting a breakdown of your ethnicity can help you find other relations you may have missed, are on different branches of your tree than you have explored, or who may not have been recorded as family (or removed) – It *does* happen, especially when you go back far enough. Also just as importantly, it can help you find living relatives you may not know anything about.

    I haven’t found anyone ‘close’ I haven’t known about, but there are a number of 4th-8th cousins out there that popped up once my info hit the system.

  56. Charlotte Thomas

    My great grandmother was Native American (Comanche) but my DNA did not show that. I am not happy with the results.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

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  57. R Wright

    Jim Kates…” First cousin, once removed” means the relationship between the child of a person to that person’s first cousin and vice versa. E.g., Jack and Jill are first cousins. Jack’s children and Jill are first cousins, once removed ( 1C1R). BTW, Jack’s children and Jill’s children are second cousins (2C).

  58. Annie L Toivonen

    I am the last member of my family, all have deceased (parents, sisters, brothers, grandparents, great-grandparents). I do not think doing a DNA on myself would be of any help…

  59. Monique Pappadis

    I am like everyone here…I absolutely love (addicted to) ancestry and ancestry dna!!! One thing I would like for all to remember….you can’t always go by oral history…I have heard of people who thought they were 100% Caucasian and then found out that they were 25% African! Lo and behold….grandpa cheated on grandma and they raised the mixed child as white. Also, just because someone is living on a reservation, doesn’t mean that they are native americans….they could have been employees, owned land, or freedman.

  60. Peter R Daikos

    Haplogroup E1b1b1 (M35) The 12 loci are listed along with the short term tandem repeats (STRs) outcome for each

  61. Peter R Daikos

    393(13)19 (13)391 (10)439 (12)389-1 (13) 389-2 (17)388 (12)390 (24)426 (11)385a(16)385b(19)392 (11)interpet!!!

  62. Sharon Davis

    I sent my DNA kit in two weeks ago. This email suggested that I have already received the results. I haven’t. What do I do? Should I be concerned?

    • Member Services Social Support Team

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  63. Sarah

    Folks don’t seem to understand genetics. In theory it is posable for whole siblings to have totally different DNA. You get only one half of the genes of each parent. If the split is just right you could get gene group A from each parent while your brother gets gene group B from each parent. It isn’t likely but possible. Thus a friend who looks very black and is married to a person if the same “race” has a blue eyed blond fair skin child! This is no surprise to me because the child’s grandparent is a blue eyed blond and another grandparent’s features are very Anglo though they identify themselves as black.

  64. K. Williamson

    I want to know if my sister and I have different fathers. Would the dna results show that precisely?

  65. Lillian C Logan

    I have my results which come mostly from Africa and some from Europe. None listed my native america DNA which would be of the Seminole tribe on my father side and unknown tribe on my mother side.

  66. Peter R Daikos

    My journey starts 60k years ago from the Rift Valley (Africa)fertile cresent,Asia Minor,to present day Greece 7000AD

  67. Peter R Daikos

    What else does my DNA can tell me? I do know going back my ansetors are Greek&Albanian as far back 300 yrs ago.My guess is my people stayed there.

  68. Peter R Daikos

    My grandparents,my father immigrated from Salonica,Greece in 1920 to NYC My mother immigrated from Albania via Rome to NYC that same year.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

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  69. Jacob

    How do I “re-create” a DNA profile from an older generation? For example, is it possible to get a rough estimate from my mothers father, if I tested herself and three of her siblings, and her mother?

  70. Michele Barker

    Why does ANCESTRY NOT do FREE Tests, and Video Follow you to other Counties? My Great Great Uncle is Charlie Root-Chicago Cubs-Pitched to Babe Ruth-I’d think that would be a VERY COOL STORY To have, to promote Your site.

  71. Bonita June Rankin Risher Smith

    I looking for cousins with last name of Bollinger or Rankin. My dad was Lester Norman Ranki Jr w I qaž

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  72. Linda rasbury

    When I signed up for I was under the impression after I got the DNA test I could check it anytime but they want a fee for everything so this company is a scam wanting more money more money more money more money for pictures or things that are should be free specially after you get your DNA you can’t even check your leafs everyone should find someone else. They don’t even send you verification in the mail after you paid. There crap is hard to follow. Only by internet. That’s not good enough. They make it hard and leave. I will not use them again. They send messages you have new clues. Don’t they just want money. The president of co. Needs to !!!!?????

  73. Doug Stern

    I had my DNA done twice, but have no idea whatsoever about how to decipher the data. I let the issue drop. If there were people that could help with this it would be great for a lot of people.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Doug thank you for getting in touch. Our Support Center offers some great articles that will help you to decipher your results. Please click on the following link for more information:

  74. Cynthia Garringer

    I had my sister-in-law (husband’s sister) do a ethnicity DNA. It came back 90% from Great Britain. She was appalled! “But my surname is German!”, she exclaimed. I tried to explain how she was more than just her surname, to no avail. At 91 years old, she was not of a mind to listen to reason. I gave up, but research tells me the test was correct.

  75. Barbara

    I know my grandparents are from Germany, Austria-Hungary and Poland, but my tests came back with a sizable amount of Scandinavian and Irish. I just don’t understand this at all!

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Barbara There are a few things to consider when comparing your DNA ethnicity results to what you may expect your ethnicity to be. The following article outlines the different factors that contribute to the story of your ethnicity:

  76. Patricia A. Ellis

    My son received the results of his DNA testing and feels that it is not accurate because it differs so much from his sister’s results. I tried explaining it to him but he still thinks it is randomly assigned.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Patricia even though about half of your DNA is inherited from your mother and half from your father, each half is variable and can result in many unique combinations. Please click on the following link for more information:

  77. Pamela

    Cynthia and Barbara, people move. They always have. Cynthia, your sister-in-law may be right. There was movement between Saxony (Germans) and the British Isle (Great Britain) after the Romans were there, way back when. There is no such thing as a pure ethnicity.

  78. Bridgid Kinney

    I love this site. So far there are no real surprises in DNA testing for me or my Mom. Although we had hints and some info from relatives, it was fun to find out where our ancestry comes from, and how different our percentages are. We recently connected with another person’s family tree. They’re several generations removed from us but we found out that we are directly descended from people who have been in the Massachusetts area since the 1600s! Very, very cool and very fun!

  79. Gma

    Well, I wanted to do this because I didnt believe that anyone could be 100% anything, which in my case I was told Norwegian, so w that in mind, unintentionally, my DNA matched w a niece, opening up a secret that was 58 yrs old, so w good intentions, hoping it would be a joyous reunion, it’s not ending up like I had hoped for, so disappointing that the birth mother still at this time doesnt want to meet the long lost daughter. Breaks my heart for both. Why I don’t know, and w respect my siblings privacy. This daughter that was given up at birth to her very young mother has been longing for her biological family. She has health issues, that may jeopardize her & her Birth mom ever uniting. The birth mother isn’t disclosing who her father is either, so this leaves the child, now 58, that was given up at birth feeling hopeless & helpless. So not ev DNA testing w end up a happy. I try not to judge, but pray one day the birth mother will have a change of heart to include this child in her life & family.

  80. Juan Bailey

    I was very skeptical about doing the Ancestry DNA test because I didn’t understand what it could possibly tell me. I am 70 years old and all my life I had been told I had an older half brother but I had never met him. I had wasted a lot of time looking for him because I didn’t have any idea where to look. When I got my results back I floored when I read it. It told me I did have a brother. Through I was able to make contact with a niece (I didn’t know I had) and through her was able to make contact with my brother. I found out he was only an 11 hour drive away from me. All of my adult life I had been looking for him. One of the reasons I couldn’t find any information on him was because I had the wrong middle name. You’re right, I wasted no time driving out to meet him for the first time. I am so grateful for the technology we have at our fingertips which allows families to be united or in a lot of cases re-united. Since receiving my results I have had the opportunity to meet so many nieces, nephews and cousins that I did not know I had. Thank you for providing this service.

  81. Paul Sohar

    My DNA test showed 80% Eastern European. What’s that?! Eastern Europe is a geographical name, not an ethnicity. Eastern Europe contains a great number of very disparate ethnic groups and my DNA test said next to nothing about ethnicity. DNA knows no geography, people move about, but the DNA is supposed to identify ethnicity. In that respect my DNA test was a total dud, it says nothing. Same thing happened to my friends; we all paid for nothing. Other laboratories are able to provide real DNA tests. No excuses!

  82. Roslyn Irsch

    With all of the DNA tests …. a person should look to the 12 lost tribes of Israel . Native Americans …. it is Hebrew not Jewish …. the Jews came after the Hebrews… the original name of God is actually Yahuah …. if one listens to songs of Native Americans you will hear “Yah” in it …. so the traditions are passed by word of mouth from one generation to another. Scriptures were forgotten but traditions were kept. Remnants are being awakened every day. The Hebrews unlike the Jews believe in Yahusha (Jesus) and that He came here to save us. So when you get your DNA results back check it out…. tribe of Naphtali is Polynesia… New Zealand, Australia, and more …. this should help you figure out where you fit in and how you fit in . DNA tests are a great start …. but also look to scripture to help you explain things . You can contact me through social media. DNA tests show us where to start .


    I am not interested in my genetic backround beyond the current boarders of the U.S.A.
    Can your testing be that specific? If so, what is the cost and how do I get started?

  84. CBergeron

    I also had the family stories that we had full native American heritage, my great, great grandmother. I found that she was not, but that this belief came from the fact that she married a full Indian man (her first marriage & not my great, great grandfather). Some of the government records I have researched classified her as full Indian. So the family has not been lying, but only passing on the information they were told. Probably the only times people are lying about Native American heritage is when, at some point in time, a family would not admit to an intermarriage, keeping it hidden from descendants and society.

  85. Kathy Hynes

    Gerlad– the Iberian peninsula is coming from the French Canadians. I have 3 out of 4 grandparents with French Canadian lineage, and am 12% iberian, 12% italy/greece, 49% British — look at the French Canadian DNA cousin matches and you will see that is common.
    It doesn’t mean that your direct ancestors were from Spain, it means that the French who eventually came to Canada are related to individuals who ended up on the Iberian peninsula — or at least have similar DNA profiles.

  86. Ellen

    I downloaded my DNA results and input it on GEDCOM Match which gave me a much more extensive list of my full DNA make up. While you are on that website you can also run programs that will pop up other people’s tests that match the criteria you put in.

  87. Lynn

    My son’s father was raised by his mother and stepfather. The only thing we knew about his father was his name – and it was a pretty common one, so traditional research methods told us nothing. My son submitted the DNA test. As a result, we now have his father’s ancestry all the way back to 6 Mayflower ancestors. The DNA connected us with living members of the family, and we followed the paper trail the rest of the way.
    To Paul Sohar: Keep in mind that the borders of the countries in Eastern Europe have changed many times over the years. A particular town may have been part of Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and some other country, all at various times in history. You will not likely be able to pinpoint a specific place through DNA; that’s where you need the paper trail.
    To Charles Clayton: Your genetic background is based on many generations of your ancestors. The only way a genetic test would be limited to the current borders of the USA is if you are 100% Native American. If you are trying to connect with relatives in this country, it will depend on whether or not they have submitted DNA tests. If they have, yours will match you to them. If they have not, there won’t be anyone for you to match to.
    I hope you both find my answers helpful.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Gloria please visit for prices and more detailed information about our DNA test.

  88. Michael Kinney

    Know your history. During the Napoleonic Wars, the campaigns were savage on an ISIS scale with massive atrocities in Iberia. Further, most of Spanish and Portuguese early nobility were from de Burgogne, with the dukes and counts two separate lines. Thus they were German/French. During the Thirty Years War, the five French civil wars, and the Puritan conflict in England, mass movements of people resulted. For example, in the Benelux area, the Spanish inquisition operated and Spanish armies were present. People had the motive to “get the hell out of Dodge. As for the El Cid business, that was the result of a marriage between Robert de Fiennes, constable of France and a Spanish princess. However, Robert de Fiennes is not the same as Robert de Fiennes, his first cousin, count of Heuchin (Belgium.) As for the American Indian difficulties and lack of good records, one test is to see if you are immune to poison oak or ivy. American Indians generally are. Then there is the R1B issue. While I was researching the Nigeria terrorist issue I looked up pictures of Fulani and Hausa. As groups, they were radically different from each other and I was surprised to find that about 33% of Hausa were R1B which is a factor in Western Europe. However, the FTM map shows progress through Israel and Central Asia to Western Europe. I find it more likely that they took the same routes as the current refugee influx and that there is an effort to glorify through a Palestine connection. Finally, there are a lot of Mexicans in Mexico who are either completely Spanish or mixed. The same is true of California and New Mexico original settlers. Fortunately (if you can speak and read Spanish) there are extensive written records. This is not true of Ireland (most destroyed during troubles), Scotland (same reason), France (Protestant records expunged) or Native American United States tribes (just not written down.) Now, can Family Tree Maker make mistakes? Yes. They could test the wrong sample.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @George yes, you can order the DNA test as a gift. You can purchase the test after you registered as a free guest. Once the recipient has received the kit, he/she needs to activate the test online with their personal information.

  89. Jenn Brackens

    Hello. I would like to get a test kit for each of my children. They are <18 yrs old. 1) how would I add their dna results to their name on our tree in ancestry. com, 2)will they receive cousin matches the same way that I do? If #2 answer is 'no' then I see no reason for testing them. Please let me know. Thank you! Jenn

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Jenn You can activate multiple tests on your Ancestry account. Once you have received the results, you can link them to your children under the DNA “setting” option. All DNA results will offer the same features, which means that each test will display individual ethnicity results as well as DNA matches.

  90. Carol Udart

    I have tested my DNA and my brother. we would like our mom to also do the test but she is 98 and can’t do the spit thing. Is there another way she can do the test?

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Carol Unfortunately, we are just able to test saliva samples at the moment. However, there are some tips and strategies for DNA collection that might help your mom to produce saliva. Please click on the following link for more information:

  91. Vernon Wynecooop

    I hope that Everyone knows who I am I was born On October 7th, 1997 My name Is Vernon Wynecoop it is pronounced as (wine-coop) I am a 19 year old male I live In Spokane I am Originally from The Spokane Indian Reservation. I love To Garden I Love to cook Anything I can Get my Hands on to like pies, and cakes.

  92. Richard

    I had my DNA done because I was adopted into the family I have now when I was 2 days old. I have been searching for my birth mother and father for over 20 years and even with this DNA I still have had no luck in getting close, is there something I am missing, something I am not doing or is this something that will never happen? If anyone can help me either the ancestry team or on the forum or both please I am begging for any help. Thank you.

  93. Eve

    Lynn, your info to Paul Sohar about shifting borders also applies to Charles Clayton. There is no way he can get DNA limited to current US borders. Every member of my family has significant percentages of “native american”, we’re latinos. Ancestry apparently does not distinguish between the original inhabitants of this whole, gigantic hemisphere.

  94. Barbara Newton

    Looking for a biological son born 10-23-75. I currently have my DNA registered with Ancestry and 23 and Me. Any suggestions out there in other ways to find a child that was adopted when their birth name was most likely changed. How do I obtain an original birth certificate for him with the name he was given at birth?

  95. Edythe Ann Quinn

    I’m searching for my biological father, as my surname is from the wonderful man who raised me, my Daddy, Richard Nathaniel Quinn. What I know of my blood father is: first name, Larry, of Jewish ethnicity, Eastern European, born on Main Line out of Philadelphia. Wealthy. His family may have altered/shortened surname to sound “less Jewish.” Larry had brown, wavy hair, attractive. A playboy. Served in WWI, possibly Navy/Air Force, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Attended college/frat boy. Either Univ of PA or Penn State. Business career in Manhattan, possibly Underwood Typewriter Company or Con Ed. Frequented Greenwich Village/bohemian nightspots. Lived in Manhattan while single. Summer vacations, possibly family home on Jersey Shore: Deal, Spring Lake, Belmar. Played bridge. Era is 1920s. Fathered my two sisters in early 1930s; fathered me in 1942. He married and I probably have half-sibllings. He was still alive in 1950s. I suspect he died in early 1980s, maybe 1985. My mother’s name: Winifred Klotzbach, alt Winnie; alt Klotz. Do any of these clues resonate with you and your family line? So far my 3rd/4th cousins possibilities do not offer clues. My closest DNA is my niece, my sister’s daughter.

  96. ellennora

    I am so happy that I paid for my sister and my daughter and her son and my son to have our dna tested. it opened up an unknown world that gave us thousands of cousins. we met a wonderful 2nd cousin from the Bronx new York who came to my home for dinner and we also went to the Lowell hotel in new York city for high tea. ther are still mystery’s in my background and I can only hope one day they will be solved. hurray for DNA

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Kesha Once you have taken the AncestryDNA test and have the results, you can see those whose results match with your own. Please watch the following Video for more information:

  97. Richard Kwiatkowski

    DNA analysis provides a link to others specifically (such as father, mother, siblings, relatives or ancestry). This information also can identify origin, but only from the current locale of matching sequences. These sequences can also identify groups of long ago. Therefore, my main requirement is the Haplogroup of my DNA and mtDNA. Does your DNA testing give this information? My second concern is that Western European ancestry is identified by country but Eastern European is not. Why not? These countries also donated DNA to the European DNA project as did virtually every other country in the world.

  98. Deanna Robison

    My great-grandmother always said she was half Native-American but my DNA test showed not one drop of Native-American blood????

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      We’re sorry to hear that your AncestryDNA results did not meet your expectations or are confusing to you. What you get for your DNA results may be different than what you would expect them to be according to your family history, even histories proven through paperwork or other means.  

      The results of this test are entirely based upon what you’ve inherited from both lines of your family.  It is entirely possible to have a Native American ancestor in your family while your results say you have 0% Native American.  The reason for that is because what you do inherit from your ancestors is randomized by genetic recombination.  

      Let’s say, purely as an example, your grandmother was 50% Native American.  She can then pass down up to 50% of the Native American DNA to her children, but what her children inherits are completely randomized.  So, for this example, your mother only inherited 12% of it.  If your mother has 12% Native American DNA, then she can only pass down 12% of it to you, but, it is possible as with your mother in this example, you may not get all of the 12% in your DNA.  It may even be possible that you inherit 0% despite the fact that your mother had 12%.  If your mother had inherited 0% of the Native American DNA then she wouldn’t be able to pass down any of it to you, so DNA can fade out of a family like that as well.  

      All of this is also dependent on how many other ethnicities your parent or grandparent may have and in what amounts they inherited these ethnicities from their ancestors.  If there are many different ethnicities with a person’s genetic make up, then it is possible for the Native American ethnicity to have a diminished chance of getting passed down to a single individual.  

      This is why we like to encourage members to get their siblings tested as well, because siblings from the same parents can inherit ethnicities differently; even to the point where one sibling may get an ethnicity that another sibling didn’t.  This is all more thoroughly explained in the articles linked below:

  99. Winifred Chevalier

    Gerlad Brickwood, I too, was confused by the Iberian Peninsula results of my DNA. Further research revealed to me that it is a part of France. Like a State, on the southern coast, I believe. So, no Portugal or Spain involved.

  100. Dayle Brown

    Was not happy with my report. Didn’t show my pie chart like the one on the commercial. My maternal grandmother was full blood scotch and not one mention of that. Very disappointed. will not use it again. By the way, I have no living grandparents or parents or siblings.

  101. Betty Fleming

    I had the regular DNA testing done. How do I get the additional medical (health) testing done using the original sample? At a lecture I was told it could be done for an additional 35 dollars.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      We do not currently have a feature whereby you can upload DNA results done with a different company to the AncestryDNA database.

  102. Michele

    Can anything besides sputum be used for your DNA testing?
    I have hair from my mother I would like to have tested if possible.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Michele Unfortunately we can only accept saliva samples for an AncestryDNA test.

  103. Theresa Blackwell

    I received from Ancestry info (map) Europe and info on the different countries.
    So, what now? From what I learned in school; almost everyone has history going back to Europe and Asia, the same info that I received from you. I have no info on my parents past or relatives. T. Blackwell

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  104. Ani

    Is the tech team ever going to address the fact that one can’t upload photos from the iPhone to photo galleries? This is a basic technological function that should be addressed and fixed.

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