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Ancestry DNA Genetic Test Review

Ancestry DNA is one of the oldest genealogy companies that was established in 1983. DNA based ancestry reports were introduced in 2012 and now they already have the biggest genetic genealogy comm

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  • They have the largest online genealogy community.
  • They have great features like the family tree builder
  • They are skewed towards the Western population
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Ancestry DNA Genetic Test Review: Summary

If you to build an excellent and extensive family tree,  then consider purchasing the AncestryDNA test. But if you are concerned about your ancestry alone, then you might find other similar priced analysis that is also engaging.

Ancestry’s subscription service is different from AncenstryDNA according to the terms and conditions. But in my opinion, Ancestry DNA didn’t fulfill part of their promises. Contrary to what I expected, I didn’t think the test revealed my family history or enabled me to find my distant relatives. However, you should see buying Ancestry DNA as a wise choice if you are a genealogist, a subscriber of its record based service,  or have successfully built a minimum of four generations of your family tree.


Ancestry DNA Genetic Test: Full Review

For several years, Ancestry has offered Ancestry DNA test in the US and UK, and now, they want to widen their horizon to other countries. The company is well known for using a non-generic, records based approach to assist families in building their family trees. To access public records like consensus, marriage records, birth records, passenger lists, and death records, you will be required to pay a monthly subscription fee. The Ancestry DNA has a charming appeal because it helps subscribers to interrelate your history based findings with your general results. Since I have heard otherwise, I was so eager to try out this test.

Product Expectations


I was aware that my ethnic me, family history and distant relatives would be revealed by Ancestry DNA, long before I ordered for it. The FAQ on the website answered questions such as “ what will my results tell me,?” “How accurate is the test”? I was glad about the way it was carefully explained. Ancestry promised to “ potential DNA matches and link me to those who have had the Ancestry DNA test.” later, they said I could connect with my distant relatives with this test when I combine the results with their subscription service, and this is not true.

I studied the site and yet, I wasn’t still satisfied with the info I got about my genetically matched relatives. Assuming I don’t need the subscription ANYMORE.

Ordering Experience

To use the old DNA ancestry service is simple. An asterisk alongside the product on each page indicated a zero shipping fee as at the time I ordered. But sadly, I was only able to see the full charge after I have made the payment. But this also included the expense of return.m I received it after four business. I received the package after four business days. The instructions and collector tube were both in excellent condition. I followed the instructions gently and filled the correction tubes. They also provided a box to return the sample in, provided it is evident that the return postage had been paid. A week after I sent the sample back, they acknowledged it and told me to expect my results in 6-8 weeks.      

Registering online

Some signs were written on the box that advised me to register my sample before sending it back to ancestry. I wanted to be a participant in their research project that “ analysis and preserve historical records, surveys, genealogical pedigrees, family health data, and surveys.” this should provide more insight on human migration and evolution as well as population health issues. When I was creating a family tree with the aid of Ancestry free online tool, I didn’t participate because I didn’t Ancestry in identifying my data with any of my family’s public health data.

The other part of the online registration process contained the terms and conditions which I ’m to agree with. But I also noticed that the agreement was made up with several lengthy documents. So I had to check elsewhere for such a deal at least, to give me an insight to what I agree to.

I also discovered that Ancestry could anonymize my data meant for further studies on genealogy, genetics, evolution, medicine, anthropology, language amongst others. I felt confused because I had earlier decided not to participate in the project. But I felt the data will still be used.

According to the terms and conditions, any data that was gotten from my DNA would be mine, and I felt happy whenever I read that part. I could log in and delete any data from the Ancestry site. It later came to my notice that Ancestry cab claim right to any commercial products it can generate from the DNA. Hence, I was no longer sure if I still owned my later or not. So I was left with dismay, which was due to the complexity of the terms and conditions.

Ancestry DNA Results

I got an email after weeks when the lab told me they had received the sample I sent. And they informed me that my results were ready although it came two weeks earlier than I expected. When I signed in to view my results, I was asked to watch a video, and it was good. Some of the specific parts discussed genetics analysis, which was explained that they were going to be 700,000 markers in my DNA. The percentage estimates of ethnicity were pointed out as well. It talked about the increasing level of human migration that took place a thousand years ago. My results were divided into three main categories which are DNA matches, DNA circles, and Genetic Ancestry could be subdivided into Ethnicity Estimates and Generic Communities.

Results: Ancestry DNA Ethnicity Estimate

The result showed that I was 99% European which I’m not surprised for and that I was also 1% Asian. My European ethnicity was subdivided into Irish 36%, British 20%, West European 28%, and Scandinavian 7%. And about 8% of my European ethnicity was caused by ‘trace region.” like Finland and Greece.


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    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.For more education on DNA testing and/or genetic genealogy, check out the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) on Facebook.Those with colonial US roots tend to fare the best when it comes to matches, but the recent expansion of sales into the UK, Ireland and Canada have been a welcome addition to the database!If you are interested in medical results like the ones 23andme formerly offered (the FDA offering is paired down considerably and not worth the $199 price tag), take your raw data and upload to Promethease for $5.Ancestry DNA results can be accessed without a subscription. However, to maximize the experience, I recommend one. The Insight subscription is $49 for 6 months. You must call and request it since it isn’t offered online.Ancestry DNA’s average turnaround time has been 2 weeks for more than a year. It has slowed down a bit in the last couple of weeks due to holiday sales but many people received results even on Christmas Day. DNA testing for genealogical purposes is an incredible tool and the perfect compliment to traditional genealogy. I am so grateful to live in a day and age where this technology is available to us. Ancestry DNA has enabled me to make some incredible connections, that would not have been made possible otherwise. It is also wonderful to receive validation of years of research because the bottom line is DNA doesn’t lie (but families sometimes do)!The photos attached show ethnicity breakdowns for three different people that tested at my request. The first two collages show an individual’s breakdown across The Big Three DNA testing companies from Left to Right: 23andme, Ancestry DNA and Family Tree DNA. I like the side-by-side for comparison’s sake. As you can see, the differences between the three are negligible. The last test shows just Family Tree DNA, since unlike the first two people, this person tested at one company only.I hope this helps you with your decision! Good luck and have fun with this!Oh, I forgot one thing – there is NO DNA company that can tell you what Native American tribe you descend from. There is no such things as a Cherokee database. It’s just a bogus claim designed to part you from your cash. Don’t fall for it!

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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 at full price, the cost is worth it in my view.What this test will NOT do: test for diseases or health conditions, nor will it show genetic mutations or if one is a carrier of a particular trait.This kit serves those best who are interested in genealogy, however, do keep in mind that with DNA all closets become unlocked, and more than a few have been made aware of some unexpected relations.

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    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!!!

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  4. I took my DNA test and i found it to be very useful.

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