AncestryDNA | Why do AncestryDNA? | Ancestry


Hi, I’m Brad Argent from Ancestry. I want to talk to you about AncestryDNA. Now, most of you know what DNA is. It’s the things that make us who we are, it’s the little bits and pieces of us that make
us, you know, look the way we look, sound the way we sound,
think perhaps the way that we think. That little piece of information, that DNA
that’s you, those three billion bits of you, can tell you so much about your family
history. And that’s why people are getting into DNA
from a family history point of view. These are the things that they’re looking for
when they start on that journey. So, Ancestry looks at your DNA in two fairly distinct ways. We look at it from an ethnicity estimate point of view and a
cousin matching point of view. The ethnicity bit is an estimate. Now that’s based on our understanding of
where certain ethnic groups have come from from around the world and currently we’re sitting at about 26
different separate ethnic groupings and that will tell you where your ancestors
came from up to about 2,000 years ago. That’s the lens that we use as we look
back that far. So what we’re trying to do with this ethnicity
estimate is to solve some of that story that might have disappeared
because your ancestors are not in the records and going back far enough so that
you can get a sense of where your ancestors might have travelled from to
put you where you are today. You know, the Irish is fairly obvious – that’s
Ireland. But there’s also a bit of that in Wales and a little bit of that in Scotland
as well. So it might mean that you’ve got ancestors a little bit from Ireland,
a little bit perhaps even from Scandinavia and also, potentially, from England. And the
other side of that is the cousin matching. So what we do then is we take the DNA that we’ve got from you and we look at it and we look at the 2 million plus other
people we have in our database and we see how closely related are you. How are you connected? Are you siblings?
Do you have parent-child relationship? Are you close family members? So, first cousins, aunts, uncles, second cousins, third cousins, fourth cousins, and back. So
it’s great for reconnecting families that over time might have distanced
themselves through immigration, from perhaps rifts in the family, and they can help fill in gaps on your family tree if they’ve done the research. You can,
you know, mend those broken branches of your family tree. It’s a great way to begin the process of
family history and all you’ve got to do is spit in a tube.

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