Posted by Jessica Latinović on July 26, 2017 in AncestryDNA, News

Have your AncestryDNA results inspired you to travel somewhere new or achieve something great? Tell us about it!

Nothing speaks to the power of Ancestry better than our very own customers. We’re currently in search of the most compelling and unique customer stories to feature in a future Ancestry commercial.

Visit our entry pages to submit a short video including a little about yourself and the exciting discoveries you’ve made with the help of Ancestry.

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The deadline for entries has been extended to August 2, 2017.



Jessica Latinović

Jessica serves as U.S. Social Media Manager for Ancestry.


  1. Wendy Henderson

    I have been a member of Ancestry for a few years. I had my DNA done this year.
    It has been passed down through the Ferguson Family that James Ferguson the Scottish Astronomer was my 4 th Great Grandfather. But we had no proof. My first DNA match was with a fellow who was related to Isabella Wilson James Fergusons Wife . We now have proof because of my DNA. If not for Ancestry The Ferguson Family would never have known for sure.

  2. Gabby

    I tried uploading my video all day yesterday and it kept rejecting it–then last night i was playing around with the settings but it was after 12 and i guess i missed the deadline. I was going to call that trouble number but it was too late and now the submission page is gone. is there any way to still get it in??!! I am so upset!

    • Jessica Latinović

      Gabby, The deadline was extended to August 2 so the entry pages are still live. Please call the help line at 800-221-0785 to troubleshoot the uploading issue you’re experiencing. We look forward to receiving your video.

  3. Sandy

    I was able to retrieve the DNA from my half sisters father when he as 84 years old, he has since died. We made a mistake and used FTDNA. He only had 1 very, very, very distant match. Is there any way we can upload his results to AncestryDNA? I would love to tell a story how ANCESTRYDNA had the results we needed, not FTDNA. Please, Please give me a chance to be able to say ANCESTRYDNA is much better than FTDNA!!!!

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Sandy: We’re very sorry to say that unfortunately it’s not possible to upload results from other sites to our own site and we’re also sorry to hear that you had such a negative experience.

  4. I have over one million dna matches on my trees. I tested my father and my mother and did their trees as well as mine. Because their dna mostly originated in Europe and the UK I was able to find two missing lines. My maternal grandmother died when my mom was young. My paternal great grandfather was absent from my grandpas life. His grandmother was Hernietta Gates and on my mother’s maternal side are Maxwells. I know I am related to Bill Gates but most of that line has been hidden i think because Mary Maxwell Gates was kidnapped. Now since there is a feature that allows you to only show matches your ancestry I am hoping i will be able to discover more. The interesting thing is many of my dad’s ancestors have records of being Harvard graduates. I have an appraisers licenses a dental hygienists licenses and a builder’s license in Michigan (and Texas). I am significantly hearing impaired and am a descendant of noted deaf nobility. My father though slightly hearing impaired is a retired accountant A from Ford. Because my parents lines crossed many times and also some cousins though many times removed were in the states when my fthers were in Europe I also picked up a lot of slave and Native american lines from my DNA matches. One thing that helped significantly is that peple mostly stayed in one place though most of time unless there was some hardship. My mothers line was a Quaker and Mennnonite line which provided a solid anchor record wise. My father’s mother was related to Lady Diana Spencer and her mother came form England. In terms of everyone on ancestry the biggest help is the railroad records. When the railroad started issuing birth records it helped a lot of people who were transient and not church going to get birth certificates. Many of our American stick families could not otherwise be traced at a time when people were heading west. I also found out that my mothers family had many Mormon matches including the Prophet Joseph Smith, and because of the Morman’s good records I was able to find some of our family that moved up the Oregon trail though DNA matches. Keeping in mind that everyone is your 17th cousin, we are all connected in some way and part of the World Tree. I am connected in three places to t he world tree and have put together a huge ameba web of all the DNA connections weaving in and out of my family. Some of this may be wrong or duplicated but there are well over a million that are right. I am hoping that someone like Bill Gates can come up with a quantum computer, or Zuckerberg will create and AI that will eventually use my tree to break the DNA code so that when people with alzheimers are lost or bodies are found they can triangulate this massive web off me and my parents and find the families. As an appraiser when you appraise a house you find comparable sales, and with this model along with some games I played as a child I have come up with an idea for a quantum computer brain that could potentially sort this out. If you want to take a look at my tree and put me in touch with someone who could work with you to effectively carry this out I would be happy to share. I would like the world to feel connected as a huge family and to get involved in the World DNA project. I would like it to be that anyone can find their place in the world family without a pedigree or having to pay a geneologist which they may not be able to afford. So I would encourage everyone to ask the oldest members of their family to participate and even if they don’t have records to encourage to just connect their parents to it. Someday this will all be sorted out. I am sorry that I cannot make a video, but I have about 2500 friends on facebook . I am more concerned about helping than winning. Sincerely, Sheila Thomas Walters

  5. Rita Reynolds

    Jessica, I know I missed the extended deadline, but it was unavoidable. My cousin just found me after 70+ years that my aunt has looked for me. I did submit the video even though it was passed the deadline. Sorry, Rita

  6. sandra

    I have an alarming number of tragic deaths in generations of my family that are too numerous and strange to explain. These are family members descended from Henry Taitt who managed a slave plantation. Incidentally, near his property is a place the locals know as Hangman Hill. As a genealogist I see this pattern of tragic deaths when I pull all the family stories together within a few generations. There at least 4 instances were adult siblings die within minutes or hours of each other, tragically.

  7. Karen Budnick


    I am not interested in being in a commercial, but I would like to share that after over 30 years of searching for my biological family, a little over a year ago, I decided to join Ancestry . In June of this year, I contacted a 2nd cousin linked to my dna and we were trying to work together to find where I would fit in his tree. Two weeks later, I had a 1st cousin appear and nearly fell out of my chair!! We researched for 3 weeks, sent a letter, assuming that this young cousin was a cousin and turned out to be my half sister, I thought that my birth mom was found, instead it was my birth father who had never wanted me to be adopted out and so for 52 years I was lost. Now we are both found and in just a few weeks we have been communicating by phone and Skype and tomorrow, August 9th, I am going to meet my dad for the very first time! My heart is full. I hope this gives others hope that their roots can be found.


    Karen Budnick

  8. Paula

    I was wondering if we would be getting some sort of email confirmation that our submission was received. I submitted the form and a video on 8/2/17 and haven’t heard whether it was received or not. I did get a quick flash on the screen that said “Thank you for your submission” but nothing further. Just wondering.

    Thank you,
    Paula Celentano

  9. Jessica Latinović Murr

    Jessica Latinović
    I went into my ancestry on 8/2 & saw the info on sending a video. I work 12 hour night shifts & I did not have adequate time to prepare ( finding pictures/practicing). I did send a video in & feel my story was not relayed effectively. My dad & his 5 siblings were placed in an orphanage in KY & my grandfather remarried & moved to CA. I joined ancestry in 2012 to find possible siblings of my fathers, I found 2 in CA & contacted them in 2015 & my uncle actually moved to KY to get to know his family. My father was told he had no cousins however my research on ancestry revealed my dads uncle had abandoned a child & I have located & contacted the family we did not know about ( in Washington). My fathers aunt had a child we did not know about, I located this family ( in Oklahoma) & am in contact with them. In my quest I located family in Iowa that had pictures of my grandparents & great-grandparents
    ( what a emotional gift). I reached out to the families in Washington & Oklahoma & shared the pictures with them. We are traveling to Oklahoma & Iowa in October 2017 to meet our long lost families. Not sure my video painted this picture as I had just a few minutes to throw it together.
    From a little leaf in a tree that continues to grow bigger each day…….

  10. Barbara Williams

    I haven’t received my results yet but I have started building my family tree and found a consin already found out some very valuable information hope to find more

  11. Barbara Williams

    I haven’t received my results yet but I have started building my family tree and found a consin already found out some very valuable information hope to find more information

  12. Mary Borchardt

    I submitted a ancestry story for consideration back at the end of July for your commercial search. It was a story about Piere Dame a salt smugler ancester. Has the decision been made about who you will use or are you still decideing? I just want to know if I still may hear something. Thanks Mary Borchardt

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