Friday, January 30, 2015

AncestryDNA Now Available in the United Kingdom and Ireland

From the Ancestry Blog:

We are excited to announce that AncestryDNA is now available to purchase in the United Kingdom and Ireland!

We sold our first DNA kit in the U.S. in 2012, and since then, more than 700,000 people have used AncestryDNA to discover more about their family history. Now you can too.

Why choose AncestryDNA?

AncestryDNA is for everyone! For many people, DNA testing is a starting point that opens the doors to your family story. If you have already researched your family tree, it can provide evidence that supports your research and helps you break down brick walls in your family tree. Learn where your ancestors may have come from, with a detailed estimate of your ethnicity. Our scientific breakthroughs allow us to map your ethnicity across 26 separate worldwide populations including Ireland, England, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, and South and North Africa.

Discover relatives that you never knew existed with our DNA matching. If someone who shares your DNA has taken the test you could find yourself connecting with a 3rd or 4th cousin and learning about a new branch on your tree. All this combined with the billions of records and family trees available to search on Ancestry make AncestryDNA the ultimate family history tool on the market.

How does it work?
We have taken a very technical and scientific process and created a simple and easy to use test. First you order your kit and follow the instructions within. Then you send in your kit with a small saliva sample for our experts to analyse it for you. Once the analysis has been completed you can log into your secure online Ancestry account to view the results and discover your family story!

For more detailed information on AncestryDNA or to order your kit now,

Sunday, January 11, 2015

There will be NO chromosome browser at Ancestry - Ever!

Will at least someone at Ancestry is finally being honest. They will not be providing their customers with a chromosome browser tool to aid us in genetic genealogy research - ever if the article mentioned below is accurate.

In an article on The Legal Genealogist blog titled "DNA: good news, bad news"
by Judy G. Russell, I quote:
"Let’s get the bad news out of the way first:

"There isn’t going to be a chromosome browser at AncestryDNA.

"This very simple tool for comparing autosomal DNA — the type we all inherit from both of our parents and that helps us find cousins to work with on our family histories1 — is a staple of the features of two of the genetic genealogy DNA testing companies (23andMe and Family Tree DNA) and perhaps the single most commonly used tool by genetic genealogists.

"Now this is not exactly a surprise that we’re not going to get one at AncestryDNA. Their staff has never been sold on it, has hemmed and hawed when pressed on it, has offered all kinds of arguments why it poses problems.

"But finally somebody came flat out and simply said no. And it’s somebody who’s in a position to know.

"One of the speakers at the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Professional Management Conference in Salt Lake City this past week was Howard Hochhauser.

"His title at Ancestry: Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

"He offered some of the usual reasons AncestryDNA’s team offers when asked about the chromosome browser, and echoed science officer Catherine Ball’s privacy concerns — the argument that if you and I match, and you know what segment we match on, and you know that segment carries the marker for a disease, you know I have that marker. (Apparently the notion that I might be perfectly willing to allow that level of disclosure by opting in hasn’t occurred to the AncestryDNA decision makers…

"But Hochhauser went beyond where AncestryDNA usually goes when asked about this and simply said no. It isn’t going to happen. The resources they’d need to devote to making a chromosome browser available are resources they want to spend for other things, like growing the database. ( -- and supposedly refining their stupid tool that they claim is better than a chromosome called the DNA circles? These have to be the dumbest asses I have ever seen associated with this hobby in over 40+ years and in the almost 15 years I have been a subscriber to

"No surprise, and frankly I’d prefer getting a flat-out truthful answer rather than the hemming and hawing — but it’s still disappointing. "
So there you have it. I won't bore you with the supposedly good news of some DNA standards being released by a self appointed committee of genealogy DNA experts - yawn! You can read about that at
Bottom line -- dump the stupid DNA circles and spent some more time, energy, money and thought on how we can get a better result when comparing our DNA results at Your DNA circles are, well frankly, juvenile and a dumbing down of genetic genealogy research, which is something that you folks are well known for (can you say new search engine). This is the stupidest thing I have seen you do in 14+ years of our association. To my students make sure you upload your results to GEDMatch where you do have use of a chromosome browser.