AncestryDNA® Learning Hub

 

AncestryDNA® Learning Hub

 

AncestryDNA® Learning Hub

Learning about DNA basics can help you understand your complex genetic story—your DNA connections to people and places as well as inherited traits.

Selecting a DNA Testing Kit

Thinking about learning more about yourself with a DNA testing kit? There are a few things to consider. From the type of test, to privacy, to what taking the test involves, here are a few of the top factors in choosing a DNA testing kit.

Learn more about Selecting a DNA Test Kit

Featured AncestryDNA® Articles

Reading Your Ethnicity Estimate

DNA ethnicity estimates are reports that use DNA testing to provide information about a person's ancestry and ethnicity. AncestryDNA® analyses a person's genetic makeup and compares it to reference populations from various regions around the world to estimate the person's genetic ancestry.
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Who Discovered DNA?

No one person discovered DNA. Instead, many scientists uncovered more and more about DNA from 1869-1953, until it culminated in the discovery of the famous double helix. It is considered one of the most important scientific discoveries in modern times, leading to the development of modern molecular biology.
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How does AncestryDNA® test differ from other DNA tests?

AncestryDNA® uses an autosomal DNA test that surveys a person’s entire genome at over 700,000 locations. It covers both the maternal and paternal sides of the family tree, so it covers all lineages. AncestryDNA® has a significantly enhanced personalised site experience with interactive tools and features to make your family history search even easier.
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Types of DNA Testing

There are multiple types of DNA tests. The three most common are Y-DNA testing, autosomal DNA testing, and mitochondrial DNA testing, (mtDNA testing). To understand the differences between these tests, it can help to know how DNA is organised.
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All About DNA

Going Beyond AncestryDNA®

AncestryDNA® Traits

What makes you, you? Learn how certain characteristics may be passed down in your DNA.

Surname Meanings

Discover the meaning and history behind your last name. Your last name gives you a sense of identity and helps you discover who you are and where you come from.

Individual Records Search

Discover your family history through more than a billion birth, marriage, death, census, miltary records, and more.

AncestryDNA® Learning Hub

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Featured Articles

Featured Articles

What to expect from your AncestryDNA test results

If you’re not sure what to expect, here is a quick run-down on several of the features you can look forward to.
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How does AncestryDNA work

You may know that AncestryDNA can tell you about your family history using nothing more than a small saliva sample. But exactly how do we do it?
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Counting cousins—explaining second, third, and fourth cousins.

What do people mean when they say “fourth cousin,” or “third cousin twice removed”?
Take a look…

How AncestryDNA Can Take You Beyond the Adoption Registry

If you hit a dead end with an adoption registry, an AncestryDNA® test could be a good next step.
Take a look…

Featured Articles

Featured Articles

What to expect from your AncestryDNA test results

If you’re not sure what to expect, here is a quick run-down on several of the features you can look forward to.
Take a look...

How does AncestryDNA work

You may know that AncestryDNA can tell you about your family history using nothing more than a small saliva sample. But exactly how do we do it?
Take a look…

Counting cousins—explaining second, third, and fourth cousins.

What do people mean when they say “fourth cousin,” or “third cousin twice removed”?
Take a look…

How AncestryDNA Can Take You Beyond the Adoption Registry

If you hit a dead end with an adoption registry, an AncestryDNA® test could be a good next step.
Take a look…

Getting Started with AncestryDNA®

Getting Started with AncestryDNA®

Genes 101

The DNA Code

The Genome

Genotype

Phenotype

DNA Strands

Genes 101

The DNA Code

The Genome

Genotype

Phenotype

DNA Strands

Genes 101

The DNA Code

The Genome

Genotype

Phenotype

DNA Strands

Genes 101

The DNA Code

The Genome

Genotype

Phenotype

DNA Strands