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Ancestry.com Helps Trace Your Family History @Ancestry

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Ancestry.com is a phenomenal resource to help you work on your genealogy and to create an impressive family history.  It is the world’s largest online resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers.  Everyone wants to know more about their own family history – are you a descendent of some major political figure? Historical figure?  Does your family history entitle you to certain grants?

The foundation of their service is an extensive and unique collection of billions of historical records that they have digitized, indexed and put online since 1996.  These digital records and documents, combined with their proprietary online search technologies and tools, enable their subscribers to research their family history, build their family trees and make meaningful discoveries about the lives of their ancestors.

Ancestry.com has 14 billion historical records, more than 200 million photographs, scanned documents and written stories, more than 60 million family trees and more than 6 billion profiles.

Ancestry.com also has their AncestryDNA resource which integrates marvelously with their online database.  AncestryDNA is a new DNA testing service that utilizes some of the latest autosomal testing technology to revolutionize the way you discover your family history. This service combines advanced DNA science with the world’s largest online family history resource to predict your genetic ethnicity and help you find new family connections. It maps ethnicity going back multiple generations and provides insight into such possibilities as: what region of Europe are my ancestors from, or am I likely to have East Asian heritage? AncestryDNA can also help identify relationships with unknown relatives through a dynamic list of possible DNA member matches.

Your AncestryDNA results include information about your genetic ethnicity predictions and provide you with DNA matches, linking you to others who have taken the AncestryDNA test. Your results are a great starting point for more family history research, ‪and it can also be a way to dig even deeper into the research you’ve already done.

Your DNA may hold information to help make new discoveries about your family’s past, your cultural roots, as well as confirm information in your family tree. Using your DNA test in combination with Ancestry.com gives you hints that can guide your investigations and connect you with new relatives. These new relatives may have additional information, a piece of your family story to tell or photos to share.

Your DNA test results also provides information that’s more relevant and recent—targeting your family history a few hundred or even a thousand years ago, as compared to the Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA tests, which have a 10,000 to 50,000 year time focus.

 

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I had the opportunity to add the AncestryDNA test to my family’s Ancestry.com account.  The DNA test is extremely easy to use.  It is saliva based – simply put some saliva into the tube they enclose, seal it, shake it for as long as the instructions indicate in order to activate the solution that interacts with the saliva.  Log onto your Ancestry.com account and activate the DNA analysis – mail it out.  Simple as can be.

The test takes approximately 6-8 weeks to get the results.  In the meantime when you log into your account you will see where in the process the test is.

When the test is complete you will receive an email indicating that your results are now available.

If multiple persons have the DNA test, they are identified as such and the results are based on each individual.

Here are my results – totally incredible that modern science allows so much information from saliva…

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This is my ethnicity estimate.  It claims 100% accuracy and lists how much of my DNA basically originated in each of these regions.  The only one I knew about was Ireland.  My father’s side of the family was all from Canada so they must have originated from some of these other regions.  And although my name is a Greek first name – I never thought there was a bit of Greek in me.  Clearly I was mistaken.  When viewing these results this is the summary.  There is an option to display the full results which would detail that 5% in Trace Regions.  My husband also had a DNA analysis (not sponsored) and his was 99% accurate.

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This image shows the regions in a more visual display.

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Then… those results are compared to their impressive database and there are so many leads to pursue for possible persons that belong to your family history.  You can see the level of confidence from the test and where in the family history they may fall in relation to you.

This is a phenomenal amount of information to obtain from saliva.  And even selecting one of these leads to follow up one can lead to so many additional links in your history.

This test is so worth every penny to increase the possibilities with our family history explorations.  I am thrilled that this service exists!

How can you get your own test?  Subscribe to Ancestry.com then order your AncestryDNA kit for just $99 plus shipping.

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5 Comments

  • Claire D.

    I love ancestry.com. Such a great resource. I just wish it wasn’t so darn expensive! I wish I could pay for some sort of limited membership that allows you to look at X number of documents per month or something. Ah well, perhaps when I get a raise!

  • Dawn Justice

    I’ve always wanted to be able to do the DNA test on Ancestry.com. I think it would be fascinating to see where I’m originally from. I know that I am Irish, German, and Cherokee Indian…but what else could possibly be there. It’s so amazing the things that we can accomplish today.

  • Sarah Elyce

    One of my close friends has recently really gotten into tracking her genealogy and has found some interesting aspects.

  • James Kennedy

    I’ve always wanted to do a DNA search for a deep family search way back in time, just for the satisfaction of learning history that’s been forgotten or lost.

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