Ancestry DNA Review
Family Trees to Attach DNA to
Family Tree Hints That Help Adoptees Find Birth Parents and Sort Results
Ability to download raw DNA to other DNA result sites
Ability to use raw DNA on GEDMatch.com
Big data pool
No chromosome browser
Limited information if you don't buy the annual Ancestry subscription
Some issues with emails between matches
No ability to upload DNA from other testing sites
No tests for Y-DNA or MtDNA
Ancestry DNA Review
Your genome, or the collection of all of your DNA, contains information about your family’s history and origins. The genome is full of “markers” or pieces of DNA that are different between different groups of people. Ancestry DNA analyses over 700,000 of these DNA markers to reveal the clues about your ancestry that are hidden in your genome.
The process is easy and painless with the Ancestry DNA kit. You simply mail in a swab of your saliva in the included pre-paid envelope, and in 6-8 weeks you will be notified when your results are available online. By comparing your genome to the genomes of over a million other Ancestry members worldwide, the kit offers an in depth analysis of your ancestry and potential distant family ties.
Ethnicity is broken down by 26 different regions around the globe, allowing you to learn more about the places where your family has lived. Ancestry DNA is unique in that it then matches your genome to the genomes of other customers and identifies distant cousins – you may discover a family member you never knew you had! The service goes a step further by tying your family’s unique markers to the millions of family trees and billions of historical records already available on Ancestry.com. The more customers that register with Ancestry DNA, the more comprehensive the family database will become!
Ancestry is careful to protect your privacy and identity when it comes to your DNA. You can opt to be notified of new potential matches, share your results with family members, or keep them entirely private to yourself. Your raw DNA data obtained from Ancestry DNA’s analysis may be downloaded for use in other genomic databases and websites. This offers the potential for you to compare results with other companies and algorithms.
At this time Ancestry DNA does not offer health reports, though your raw DNA data could potentially be used with another program to find this information. With all health related DNA inquiries, it is highly recommended to seek the advice of a genetic counselor before pursuing any medical action. Ancestry DNA’s tests looks at all chromosomes, but you cannot browse results by chromosome.
At $99 the Ancestry DNA kit is more affordable than competitors’ kits, while offering many of the same benefits, however some of the advanced features of the kit may require an ongoing Ancestry.com subscription. The biggest benefit of the Ancestry DNA kit is linking to other services offered by Ancestry.com, and at this time it is not possible to upload the results of other DNA kits into the Ancestry.com database. If you are interested in creating family trees, knowing your ethnic background, and relative matching, the Ancestry DNA kit is a good option for you.