Genetic Family History Test Now Available from AncestryDNA

The following announcement was written by the folks at AncestryDNA:

LONDON, March 10, 2016 — Revolutionary DNA test will help people discover where they come from and uncover unknown family members

AncestryDNA_logoAncestryDNA, the market-leading family history DNA testing service, is now available in over 30 countries, changing the way people can discover more about themselves and their family history and also helping them connect with relatives they didn’t know existed.

Users simply ‘spit in a tube’ and then send it off to the lab where advanced DNA technology is used to reveal a person’s genetic ethnicity and uncover new family connections with more than 1.5 million people who have taken the test.

The AncestryDNA test uses microarray-based autosomal DNA testing, which surveys a person’s entire genome at over 700,000 locations via a simple saliva sample. Analysis of the DNA data provides a prediction of the locations of ancestors from 26 separate world-wide populations including Great Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

Dan Jones, General Manager International at Ancestry comments: “AncestryDNA provides people with a unique and engaging experience that helps them make amazing discoveries about their family history. The product has been a great success since launch and I am excited that it is now available in over 30 countries worldwide.”

Costing Euro135 (about $150 US) plus Euro30 (about $33.50 US) shipping, AncestryDNA kits are dispatched within six days of an order, with the test results taking from 6-8 weeks to be delivered. Tests are available from http://www.ancestrydna.com.

ABOUT ANCESTRY

Ancestry, the leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.2 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and approximately 1.5 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 17 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 70 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. The AncestryDNA service is provided outside the United States by Ancestry International DNA, LLC.

Already available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, AncestryDNA is now available in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, Vatican City, Albania, Armenia, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Bulgaria, Croatia, San Marino, Georgia and South Korea.

16 Comments

Is this a NEW test offered by Ancestry or is it the same test, but with a wider market?

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Will a match from Europe be able to be flagged some way to distinguish it from matches here in the US?

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Steve Fleckenstein March 11, 2016 at 7:23 am

One day I’d really like to have my DNA checked out, but it will not happen until I know for sure that my DNA sample will not be used for the other purposes by big corporations or government.

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Ancestry DNA is almost useless. There is no way to search for a specific match. I have 240 pages of matches with 50 per page. Do the math! When I contacted Ancestry, they said as I built “circles” I would find how I matched to someone. Although I explained I was looking to see if I matched one specific user, their effective answer was “tough luck.” They have no plans to put a better search method in place. Ancestry is slowly turning into nothing but another social club. Never mind the errors they placed in my tree when the new format rolled out. My advice–FTDNA all the way!

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    You are correct! if one wants to know where their family came from they test Y or mT DNA. This only says they’re trying to get more money out of what they are already doing and they are seriously torturing the language to make it sound like they are doing something new.

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    It’s pointless to test autosomal DNA at FTDNA, because for about the same price, you can test at Ancestry AND transfer to FTDNA. Then you will have the best (everything) of both worlds. It’s a no-brainer.
    As for your issue of finding a specific match — it is annoying that Ancestry doesn’t let you search directly for a username among matches; however, you CAN search for surnames in their tree. So pick a fairly unique surname that you know is in their tree, and search for that, and you should find them easily.
    A SECOND method that also works is using Chrome browser, search for Ancestry Helper extension by Snavely; this lets you scan your matches, and then provides a username search like you wanted.
    A THIRD method (and frankly everyone should do this for all the other benefits) is for both if you to upload your AncestryDNA to Gedmatch, where you can then compare with anyone in the entire database, and even adjust the thresholds if you’d like, etc.

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    Ken, you are mistaken. Autosomal DNA is typically much more helpful genealogically. Ydna and mtdna have their place and are helpful in certain circumstances, but they only tell you a tiny fraction of your Ancestry. Autosomal DNA goes back a few hundred years, at which point your tree has about, let’s say, 512 separate branches. Ydna can only tell you about 1 of those 512 branches. Mtdna can only tell you about one more of those 512 branches. Autosomal, on the other hand, gives you some insight into every single branch of your tree.

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I have connected to 4 third cousins & 1 second cousin with DNA data from ancestry. I only attempt to check out the new matches I receive from them if they are extremely close match or very close match. One of the difficulties in making a match is many people do not know the surname of their great grandparents or their great great grandparents. Ancestry also identified a parent / child relationship…my daughter and myself.

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same test wider market

matches from other countries look the same, you have to contact and they can tell you where they are from, or they may have a tree that might indicate they are in a different country

install chrome and then install the snavely app and run it on your match list, then you can search, it has better search features, also lets you download your match list or ancestors of matches in separate files. you will not have to page through if you have the app to search

you can download the raw dna file to familytreedna for a discounted price and have 2 companies to work with for your research

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So basically this is the Family Autosomal test. Nothing new. Just a new name for those across the pond. another marketing tool. Ken and Jay are right. This is very confusing and they are only a C average in useful results. Use FTDna for Autosomal, which covers the kind you see on TV with the percentage for both mother and father’s line. Use their Y for male lineage for your father going back, and their MtDNA for your mother’s line going back. But the autosomal is the best, also known as Family Finder. The same as Ancestry.com and very easy to use and much more info. We have used all of them extensively and want to save you time, confusion and money. Ancestry has turned into a big marketing entity. And I still want to be able to search using the OLD format. I have the new format, as does everyone who knows the difference. Best of luck on the DNA!

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To compare your results with people who have tested with 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA you can upload your raw data results into GEDmatch.com (at no charge). This may expand your matches considerably.

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Esther M. Wallace March 11, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Dick – I had my DNA done many years ago and at time they asked me to submit my female line and then took me back 40,000 years in Eastern Europe. I recently looked at that database and apparently they were still upgrading everyone’s file and came up with 70,000 years for my line. I thought I would upgrade with AncestryDNA as they were going to do the father and mother lines in the same report. All they asked for was my spit! When the report came back, they had used the gedcom file I had submitted to Family Trees at Ancestry and didn’t do any further research, so my mother’s line didn’t show up even though she was also in that report. They are just using the Family Trees that people are submitting and no further research as I called them on this, plus I was informed by the girls taking the calls that they ONLY go back 1,000 years and no further. Needless to say, I believe I got scammed for $99.00!

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Having already done ancestry DNA test and my “matches” were as useful – or not- as everyone else has said, I found the really best way to find “cousins” was to see who used my photos and documents in their tree. I knew for sure my person was in their tree. Whether the person should have been in their tree is another issue. I’ve since removed my DNA from the ancestry site although I am sure they kept it all somewhere and are using it for their own purposes. My matches at GEDmatch and FTDNA were much more willing to respond to my emails. I don’t think I got any replies at ancestry and I quit asking and then removed my aunt and me from there after the last “improvement” to the site.

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    I think these are excellent points. If someone is really interested in your family, linking to your photos and documents makes sense . . . that by uploading to GEDmatch it shows a more serious interest. However, am not clear as to why you’d removed your DNA data from displaying on the test sites. There are so many testees out there who are not aware of GEDmatch or who may be intimidated by the uploading process. Connections with those matches would be missed.

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