AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing – DNA Ancestry Test Kit

By | April 1, 2018
AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing - DNA Ancestry Test Kit

Find out your ethnic mix and discover distant relatives with a simple DNA test. AncestryDNA-The world’s largest consumer DNA network. How it works. 1. Order a kit with easy-to-follow instructions. 2. Activate your kit and return your saliva sample to our state-of-the-art lab. 3. In roughly 6-8 weeks your results will be ready online. Uncover your ethnic mix. When your results arrive, you’ll see a breakdown of your ethnicity-and it may contain a few surprises. Connect with relatives you never knew you had. Once you’ve taken your test, we’ll search our global network of AncestryDNA members and identify the people who share your DNA. There’s no limit to what you might learn. Your DNA results are only the beginning. With an optional Ancestry membership, you can discover more details and insights about the people and places in your unique family history. More people tested means more ways to connect. With more than 7 million people now in our network, AncestryDNA can help deliver the richest family stories-and solve the toughest family mysteries.

  • The #1 selling consumer DNA test is also the leading DNA test with over 1 billion family connections.
  • Uncover your ethnic mix across 165 regions worldwide, five times more than the next leading competitor.
  • Ancestry has the world’s largest consumer DNA network-over 7 million people and counting.
  • AncestryDNA helps you discover the people and places that made you who you are.

3 thoughts on “AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing – DNA Ancestry Test Kit

  1. K. McDermott
    795 of 816 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Helped Me Find My Sister!, November 27, 2017
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    This review is from: AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing – DNA Ancestry Test Kit (Health and Beauty)
    I HIGHLY recommend this!!! Being adopted, I’ve always been curious about my background and AncestryDNA helped me figure it out easily! However, the best feature in my opinion is that they then provide with information about potential family members. Because of this feature, I was finally able to connect with my biological sister after 25 years of dreaming about doing so! That right there means that I will forever say that AncestryDNA is worth every single penny and definitely earns and deserves 5 stars!!!

  2. Todd England
    2,469 of 2,557 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Ethnicity is like any other characteristic/trait – a person may favor one …, November 24, 2016
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    Review by Kim England-Before you purchase this product it is important that you know a bit about exactly what ethnicity is. It is not nationality or not necessarily even country of origin. Most people don’t understand that ethnicity is inherited RANDOMLY. For argument’s sake, let’s say you know for certain one parent is 100% (unlikely) Italian, and the other parent 50% Irish and 50% Mexican. This does not mean the the child will be half Italian and a quarter Irish and a quarter Mexican. The child could end up with only 25% Italian or any number of combinations – including part of a different ethnicity altogether from their “deep ancestry” from several generations ago.

    Ethnicity is like any other characteristic/trait – a person may favor one parent more than the other. While everyone gets half of their chromosomes from each parent, this is NOT so when it comes to ethnicity. In fact, sometimes a part of one parent’s ethnicity may not even get passed down at all. Likewise, it is possible to have a grandparent born in Germany (and for all practical purposes be mostly German), but not have any German passed down to the grandchild. Just like perhaps the eye color isn’t the same or the height or hair texture.

    Another thing to remember is that the county or origin or nationality is not the same as ethnicity. For example, many people left their homeland to emigrate to Holland. After a generation or so, they adopted the language and customs. Perhaps then they left again and went to America, leaving future generations believing they are Dutch. Then they have their DNA tested and no dutch appears. “How can this be?” they ask. It is because their true ethnicity is not Dutch.

    Another instance could be that a particular ethnic group settled in a country and reproduced within their “own group” so to speak. DNA wise, the ethnicity would remain as such until another ethnic line is introduced. Examples of this occur in England, where some peoples tests show a high percentage of Norwegian. A reason for this could be that since the Viking invasion the generations just so happened to mate with others who shared similar Norwegian ethnicity.

    Lastly is the “Native American” phenomena. While many people like to believe or have been told that an ancestor was a Native, often this is family lore, or, if indeed it is true, it is not likely to show up in a DNA test. The introduction of an ethnicity in one’s ancestry will not likely manifest itself in a high enough percentage to be of significance, although it is possible.

    With all that said, once you understand this, ask yourself what it is you are looking to get out of the test. Are you simply curious about your ethnicity? Do you have any interest in your genealogy (family tree)? For those who wish to learn about their genealogy it can be very useful. It is of benefit to have a family tree done and uploaded to Ancestry’s website, even if you only know a little. Ancestry has access to so many records and more and more are being made available every day. The problem for many years is that the records weren’t “searchable” because they had to be transcribed one by one.

    My advice for anyone who wishes to test their DNA is to order the kit and then get a temporary membership or even a one month membership to ancestry (start with the US Discovery membership which is under $20). Then enter your family tree information (individuals who are living are not visible to others). When your results come in, you will be able to see DNA “matches”, that is anyone who also tested their DNA and has shared genetic markers with you. Ancestry will tell you in what way they suspect the person connects to you and they are usually spot on. They can even see if a person is a distant cousin (5th through 8th). If your match also has a tree on line, you will be able to view it and see how you connect. I have had several family members test and every time Ancestry’s “predicted relationship” was accurate. In other words, my mother came up as “parent/child relationship” and siblings came up as siblings. First cousin matches were accurate as well. One second cousin came up as a third cousin, but that is the only “error” if one can even call it such.

    The ethnic portion is very interesting but should be taken more as a estimation. Advances in DNA testing will enable improved accuracy (like getting more specific than “British Isles” or “Asian”) but the results are not just “pulled from no where”. It is important to read the tutorials on the website. They are well researched and very informative. There is a load of information that would really enlighten many people and answer questions, but I’m not sure if this is happening. The test is quick, easy to do, and offers answers to many questions both on line and on the phone. Often there are sales but even…

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  3. Barefoot In NC
    2,649 of 2,749 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Ancestry DNA is the Only Test You Need!, January 30, 2016
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    Barefoot In NC (Southeast, USA) –

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    This review is from: AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing – DNA Ancestry Test Kit (Health and Beauty)

    Ancestry DNA is the clear industry leader in the consumer DNA testing market. With more than 1.4 million people in the database, 23andme and Family Tree DNA just don’t compare. I have tested at all three and I am able to confirm relationships with more people at Ancestry DNA than either of the other services.

    Ancestry DNA is an autosomal DNA test and will provide an ethnicity breakdown, as well as relative matches to anyone in the database whom shares DNA with you. ALL of your family lines will be represented. Gender is of no relevance. An individual receives approximately 50% of their DNA from each parent; 25% from each grandparent; and so on and so forth. The further you move away from an ancestor, the lesser their genetic contribution to you. Autosomal DNA will provide matches reliably up to 5 generations. However, it is not necessarily unusual to have 6th, 7th and 8th cousin matches too, especially for those who are from endogamous populations. Autosomal DNA testing is, by far, the most popular test offering today.

    A lot of reviews have complaints about the ethnicity breakdowns. It’s an evolving science. The different companies use different algorithms and have different reference populations. While 23andme is considered the industry leader in this regard (and I totally agree with this assessment), Ancestry DNA is a very close second, while Family Tree DNA is a distant third. Having said that, don’t take the ethnicity component too seriously. They are pretty accurate at the continental level but this aspect of the tests should be viewed, overall, as estimates.

    The real value is in one’s relative matches. These are the connections that will enable you to expand your genealogy. Or, connect you to your birth parents. Or, help you confirm that great-grandma immigrated from County Cork. Or, lead you to that lost branch of the family that was separated because Aunt Martha didn’t show up at Cousin Mary’s baby shower in 1974. Or, perhaps the break was due to the ravages of war or even slavery.

    A few tips to get the most out of Ancestry DNA and your overall experience:

    Do NOT forget to activate your kit before mailing! The code is on the tube and the pamphlet insert.

    Purchase when it’s on sale for $79 or less. If you do so through Amazon, there is no charge for shipping and it is expedited for Prime members. If you buy through Ancestry’s site, try the code FREESHIPDNA.

    If your parents are available and willing to test, test them BOTH! Even testing one parent will enable you to sort your maternal from paternal matches. If your parents aren’t available, ask their siblings, aunts/uncles, test your grandparents. Testing multiple relatives goes a long way in isolating family lines. Also, always test the oldest generation first. Not only do you not want to miss out on the opportunity, but they are generationally closer to your ancestors and will have matches that you do not have.

    Ask your siblings to test too. Even full siblings will have different matches beyond 2nd cousin. You will likely even see differences in their ethnicity breakdown.

    Once results become available, transfer the raw data to Family Tree DNA for just $39. This will add you to their database for less than the $99 price tag and your results are available in days vs weeks.

    Upload your raw data to GEDMATCH for FREE. Why? Unfortunately, Ancestry DNA does not provide a chromosome browser, which is a very important tool in genetic genealogy. Also, you will generate matches from 23andme and FTDNA, whom also uploaded.

    Download the Jeff Snavely Chrome Extension. Your results will be far more manageable, especially if you are handling multiple tests. It takes seconds to download but the initial scan can take hours. Be patient. You won’t regret it.

    Don’t overlook New Ancestor Discoveries (these are potential ancestors that aren’t in your tree but Ancestry suggests them based on your DNA matches).

    Ancestry hasn’t yielded on the chromosome browser, but they did unveil the “Shared Matches” feature and now provide us with the amount of DNA shared (centimorgans). Don’t overlook these tools to help you figure out your connection to your matches.

    Build a public tree. This way you can benefit from DNA Circles and increase the likelihood of making valuable connections. Genealogy is about an exchange of information.

    If the tester has difficulty spitting, have the person bite/chew on the inside of their cheeks gently. Then, place a bit of sugar on the tip of the tongue and/or offer a cut lemon to smell.

    If you’re an adoptee, or you’re searching for a close relative and need help with how to get there using DNA, check out DNA Detectives on Facebook. It’s a wonderfully supportive group with lots of knowledgable people and plenty of reunions to buoy your spirits and encourage you…

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