Sunday, March 17, 2013

Ancestry.com DNA Test Review

*as per FTC guidelines, I received this product at no charge for review purposes only. Regardless all opinions stated herein are mine and mine alone and are not influenced by any outside source.* 


I recently had the exciting opportunity to review the Ancestry.com DNA Test and the Ancestry.com Website. I've always loved doing genealogy, I find it fascinating to find out where I came from, who my ancestors were and where they came from.

 I've been doing family research since I was around 14 years old.  That was before we had access to all that the internet offers.  I spent hours searching through, what had to be, miles, of microfiche and microfilm and books, looking for a clue to see if I could find an ancestor in Rolls, Land records, court records, etc. It was a daunting task.  

Now that we have the world at our fingertips with the internet, this task has become somewhat simpler, but can still be a little daunting. That is one of the reasons I love Ancestry.com.  Going to their site you have access to: 


  • 11 BILLION historical records
  • 44 million family trees
  • 185 million user submitted photographs
  • 30,000 databases 
And now, with the Ancestry DNA test, when you get your test results back, Ancestry.com can connect you with people that share dna markers with you and are likely related somewhere along the line.  



The test is extremely easy.  All you have to do is spit in the test tube until it's filled to the line.  Make sure not to eat or drink anything for 30 minutes prior to the test. Then seal the test tube and place it in the biohazard Specimen pouch and insert into the postage paid envelope and send it off.  



Approximately 6 weeks later you will get a notice that your DNA results are in, via email.  When you log into your Ancestry.com account, you will see this: 

 When you click 'Veiw Results" You will then see what your DNA tells: 
I was already aware of my Scottish Irish and English ancestors, what took me by surprise was my Persian/Turkish/Caucasus ancestors! Where did THAT come from?? But taking into account that your DNA would include your heritage of thousands of years, it would make sense. So now I'm curious to see exactly where this came in at. 
I then checked out my DNA matches.  People that share my particular DNA and are likely related somehow. The first one shown could be a 2nd or 3rd cousin. They have posted a large family tree with 2328 people listed, so that would be an excellent one for me to look at and see who our possible common ancestor was. (Names and faces were blocked out to protect those people's privacy.) 
This screen gives a little history about my heritage and the countries my ancestors were from. There is one tab for each ethnicity. I was already aware of my Scottish ancestors, as they were fairly recent. (in the great scheme of things.) 

This screen shows the people I've added to my own family tree for my birth family. I have a lot more names to add, and will be doing that here soon. 

I love Ancestry.com, there is so much information right at your fingertips! It's exciting to find a new branch of the family tree and learn about where and WHO you descended from.  The DNA test was extremely simple to do, results arrived very quickly, and are stored in the Ancestry.com database.  Not only do they run your DNA with the newest testing methods available, as DNA becomes a more exact science, they will run more tests on your DNA to gain even more accurate information on your DNA and update your results. There may come a day when your Genealogical DNA can tell you exactly what town your ancestors were from, wouldn't that be awesome?! 

Here is screen shot of information found on my Great Grandparents in the 1910 Census, this was 1 year prior to my Grandmother's birth.  
It gives you the source citation, the information listed in the source, and so much information when it comes to research! Like Lydia (Liddie) Loyd's parents were from Tennessee, that would give me an area to begin looking for that line of the family. 

Genealogy is fascinating. It's amazing what you may find about your family tree.  As I've worked on mine through the years, I've found a lot of surprises.  On my paternal side, the Cox side, I'm related to the last Comanche chief, Quannah Parker.  

On the maternal side, the Douglas line, in recent history, my 3rd great grandfather married a Cherokee woman in North Carolina, he walked the trail of tears with her and when they got near the Missouri/Arkansas line, their first child was born, Jesse, who was later taken captive by the Union army at the Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas, and later traded for Union soldiers. They left the trail of tears in Arkansas and never went on to Oklahoma, as did several others of that particular group. And my Douglas line is from Scotland and were members of the Clan Douglas, one of the most powerful families in Scotland at one time.  

So you can find out a lot of fun facts just looking for your ancestors.  
Ancestry.com is very generously offering a FREE Ancestry DNA test, along with six full months of membership to work on your family tree!! This giveaway will begin on Monday March 18th at 12:01 am, eastern time and you can enter HERE

You can find Ancestry.com on Facebook and Twitter


Disclaimer:  I received this product at no charge for review purposes. However, all opinions stated herein are mine and mine alone and are NOT influenced by any outside source. 

81 comments:

Sheila Mansfield Bell said...

Genealogy is such an interesting topic! Love the review and how easy Ancestry.com makes it to find out your very own family genetics!

fee roberts said...

I think this is so interesting also. I looked into my family history. I have a print out of the family crest from my grandfather's side of my family. He was from England. That's as far as I got. I'm sure with the DNA they do now I could find out even more. Thanks for the wonderful review. I'll definitely give them a try. =D

Zoe Lee said...

This is so cool. :) About a year ago, I started my family tree on Ancestry and got pretty far, but the DNA test would put it over the top.Cool!!

autumn M norris said...

So great to be able to learn and know more about our family.

Lorna England said...

I shouldn't be surprised that in the 21st century a dna search is possible, but I am! Imagine finding relatives you can't even imagine knowing! It's simply fantastical! Thanks for the great review and explanation of the service!

ape2016 said...

I think it is so fascinating that we can discover our ethnic history this way. My family history is pretty murky, so this would be great.

Making of a Mom said...

I go through spurts of being really into family history and then getting distracted by other things. I would LOVE this though!

Keri 20 said...

I have been looking forward to using this kit for a LONG time! I can't afford it right now, but I'm really hoping I'll be able to use this to help me complete my family tree. Currently, my tree goes back to the 1500s on some sides.

Heather R said...

I love the new DNA feature to help you discover where your family is from and find new ancestors

thransom@gmail.com

billie hays said...

I have been researching my own ancestry for years and the DNA test would be super exciting to be able to do!

Ronnette Gideon said...

I would really like to do this it seems so interesting

Susan Broughton said...

I would give anything to find out this kind of information about your family. I have wanted to do it for years and couldn't. It would be wonderful to be able to

Sherrie C. said...

I've been curious about my family lineage and never knew Ancestry.com offered DNA testing. This is wonderful! If it weren't for the cost, I'd do this right away.

Sacha Schroeder said...

WOW! That is incredible! I had no idea they could do that.

carol roberts said...

thanks for showing us what it looks like it is pretty neat u can do this and find out things u never would have nown

carol roberts said...

i like the way u can see other's people tree and the forums

denise smith said...

my daughter would love to find all of our family on here she has asked about doing that

JD Hoppe said...

I have always loved genealogy and finding out about the family tree!! JDhoppe@yahoo.com

Sylvia Ortiz said...

I am in awe of the DNA testing results; the family history details, in addition to listing family members - this is truly worth it's value when looking up your family background and possible siblings, etc. for those who are adopted and/or no knowledge of family history.

HillaryB said...

I would love to be able to do the dna test. There is so much more information that i would like to find out about my family background.

bmom76 said...

I have always wanted to try it, imagine seeing where you really come from.
chelsea r

randy fulgham said...

I AM IRISH AMD WELCH AND ALWAYS WANTED TRACE MY ANCESTOERS

Dawn Justice said...

I've always wanted to know where my ancestors came from. Looks like a very detailed site. Thanks for the review I actually didn't know they had DNA testing available.

Jessica H. said...

Gosh, just when I think ancestry.com couldn't possibly get any cooler, they start offering DNA testing. How neat is that? I've always wanted to trace my family and I love that there's a website available that makes it easier to do.

Space Cadet Wolf said...

Especially considering the ancestral losses created by the atrocities of the holocaust, I would love the opportunity to find some of the missing links.

Anonymous said...

I would so love to win this package! I have two dead-ends in my line I'd like to find. I haven't been able to find my maternal grandmother anywhere with her parents!

Anonymous said...

Would love to win this pack! My ancestry.com membership expired a few years ago when one of my early computers crashed, and their program didn't work on my new computer. It would be way out of date now.

celina k said...

I love genealogy, my family has traced our ancestors back to our family crest in Sweden, and to the first settlers in Pennsylvania on my mother's side (via England), but even that seems recent in the grand scheme of things. I have members on both sides of my family who are very interested in our heritage, and I would love to be able to add to that! The DNA aspect just amazes me.

Carol L. said...

This is such a fascinating post. My daughter got into tracing our family tree awhile ago. It was such a daunting and time consuming task but we were able to locate my late brother's son after trying for years through the community boards.The DNA is amazing how they can do that. Thanks for the review. I can't wait to tell my daughter.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Id love to win this and give to my duaghter..her father left before she was born and has disappeared. so many unanswered questions and health questions included

cbmd1999@yahoo.com

MD Kennedy said...

My mother's mom just passed away at almost 99, and we have so little knowledge about her family. It would be so nice to learn more through this site!

ann said...

I do genealogy and have been for over 40 years. We did have DNA on one line of my family. It sure is interesting but kind of confusing and mind boggling all at the same time. May be hared to understand for some of us. Thanks for all the info

Kristy Figueroa said...

This is very cool! This would make great family gifts!

Holly M Uhler said...

If I got a hold of one I'd get a test to verify who my father is

Madonna said...

I have so wanted to do this since I first heard of it. I have one line that we have traced back to Ireland but I have some that I have no clue and can't seem to get anywhere on. I have a friend who did this and she found all kinds of information.

Weave said...

I have to get me one of these. It looks like an awesome way to get a healthy start on tracing your family tree.

courtney johnson said...

I love researching my genealogy. It has taken ten years to find all that I have found so far. Still have a long way to go.

trichie said...

Would love to do something like this for my family

robert said...

My Family was one of less than 50 families to settle in New Amsterdam...which is Now New York!!! I would love to use this to find out just what paths some of them took in life!!!

Beth Sweet said...

Researching genealogy is extremely fascinating. Being able to use DNA to go even further is beyond words. Your review has made it that much more exciting!

Beth Sweet said...

Researching genealogy is so very fascinating. Being able to use DNA to go even further is beyond fabulous. Your review just made it even that more exciting!

Tamar said...

I love the concept of getting to know a little about my ancestry. I love that they use newer technologies to map out geneaology.

Betty2222 said...

I would love to do this test!

Betty2222 said...

I love this exciting contest

courtney erickson said...

i can't wait to get started! there are so many unknowns in our family.i really hope to figure out where we come from and why!

Christine M Tubbytelly said...

How cool that they can use DNA now! This would be immensely helpful in our family line that spans about 4 continents!

Kara Marks said...

You started very young like my older son did--he was about 9 and I wasn't online yet, but he had learned enough to help me at the library and I've been online ever since...and he's been more and more into genealogy every since! He would so love to win this!

Kathy Veum-Sorrow said...

On their site I like the fact that you can get your DNA done and find out a lot of things you might never have known if you didn't get it done. I would love to do this.

mchele said...

This really does open a new window in doing family history!!

Dawn Marie said...

I have wanted to get that DNA test for the last year. It sounds so interesting! Thanks so much for sharing how your info came back to you!

Mindy Wall said...

My cousin and I have been tracing our geneology. She found that she had family who fought on both sides of the civil war. So far, I have part of my side put in and I'm just starting on my husband's side. It's interesting. I found out my daughter qualifies to register with DAR.

Pam Halligan said...

I have always been interested in my ancestry. After reading your review if ancestry.com and learning how much DNA has enabled us to really learn more about who we are, I'm as eager as ever to delve into my roots.

Bo said...

Wow, this is fascinating! This is a test I'd love to do!

Dawn B said...

Can't wait to dive in!! Seems so thorough!!!

peachjuteux said...

I started my genealogy trail in1999. Would love the dna testm

peachjuteux said...

Would love this. Been doing genealogy since1999.

Stephanie Mago-Eagle said...

Wow that is very interesting I know what some of my nationality is but some I am not quit sure of.Would love to know all of them & also what ones my daughter has cause my husband passed away.

gaby209 said...

I would love to fine out Where my families orgin actuly came from.

Kate O'Brien said...

This is so cool, I would love to take this test. I'm "stuck" in a few of the family tree branches and I'm wondering if this could help me find some clues on where to search next.

Jami said...

I have used Ancestry in the past and it's such a neat site. I really enjoyed learning about where my family comes from. I've been wanting to do the DNA for a few years but it's a bit expensive.

Jami said...

Such a great, east site to use. I've been wanting to have the dna done for a few years but didn't always have the money. Thank you for the chance.

Renee Lincoln said...

This seems like an amazing service! My biological father passed away before I could learn much about him or my paternal family, so this would be invaluable. Thanks for showing me another way to learn about my history, and for a great giveaway!

Nori said...

I have heard of ancestry.com, but I never knew about the DNA analysis! How cool is that!

Anonymous said...

I never knew there is DNA testing to find ancestors. Would love to see my heritage joseph gersch jtwark@mail.com

Heather Johnson said...

I would love to do this and find out what my heritage is...that's something I have always wondered about

Jasanna Czellar said...

I'd love to do something like this!! :)

Carol Foltz said...

My dad was adopted. I'd like to find out about his side of the family - at least through DNA testing.

pennelope merriweather said...

Great review!! I also spent time in the library a few years ago finding out my grandma's grandpa served under Ulysess Grant in the civil war..!! I can't even imagine what a dna test would show..!! Thanks for this giveaway!

jean398 said...

Ancestry.com is a great resource for tracing your genealogy. I'm very familiar with the site, but never thought about DNA testing. That is definitely something I will be looking into.

Jayden Elizabeth said...

I have been using ancestry.com and I am in love with it. I have found out a lot about my family that came from England...all the way back to the 1400's! It's unreal! I would really love the DNA kit to help me continue this journey!

Peggy Greco said...

I think the geneology and dna test is incredible and would be honored to win in the journey of learning your true roots in life!!

kelly said...

it would be cool to find that all out. I have always been fascinated by genealogy. since i was quite young.

kelly said...

this would be awesome

~*~lilshuga2001~*~ said...

This is an amazing tool! I can't stop playing detective to get everyones info! :)

Darlene Ysaguirre said...

wow technology these days just one spit in a tube and you can find out stuff about yourself you didnt even know!

Leslie S. said...

I find genealogy fascinating. I was just telling my kids about these dna kits a few days ago and how much I would love to find out more.We have a lot of unknowns in my family due to secret adoptions(was not found out for 40 years) and fighting among family members.

Kate Fuller said...

That's so cool! I would love to do a DNA test with ancestry.com.

corey1971 said...

I really want to try the DNA test. (Corey Olomon)

Christy said...

I'm also a direct descendant of the Douglas line from Scotland - as close as just a few generations back. I'd love to see your Ancestry line as I've heard family rumors of a Cherokee ancestor that married into the line. Please respond if your interested in comparing research.

Christy said...

I'm also a direct descendant of the Douglas line from Scotland - as close as just a few generations back. I'd love to see your Ancestry line as I've heard family rumors of a Cherokee ancestor that married into the line. Please respond if your interested in comparing research.

Dixieland Mom said...

Christy,
I would love to talk to you about this, please contact me at marie at dixielandsdeals.com
Thanks!