NEW! The FT Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy – by Blaine T. Bettinger – 28% off!


Finally! We now have a terrific new book to help us with genetic genealogy. The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger is what we needed. I just got a call from a trucker who told me that he has a pallet full of books ready to deliver Tuesday morning – so I am now making this announcement. There have been several books printed, but it seems to me most have have been either way too scientific, or far too limited in scope for the average genealogist. Blaine T. Bettinger has written a colorful 239 page volume for the genealogical community that I recommend to everyone! It’s brand new, with information that is sure to help anyone interested in using DNA to find ancestors.

I am so excited about this volume that FRPC just purchased a full pallet of these things to ship immediately. And we’ve reduced the price for this promotion by 28% off MSRP for a limited time. Regularly $29.99, it’s just $21.59 (plus $5.50 p&h). Order NOW to take advantage of not only the latest information, but a great price!.

The Following is from the Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part One: Getting Started
  • Chapter 1: Genetic Genealogy Basics
  • Kick-start your genetic research. This chapter features a brief history of DNA testing and breaks down DNA and the four popular genetic tests, plus how to identify your genetic family tree.

  • Chapter 2: Common Misconceptions
  • Debunk your DNA myths. This chapter addresses eleven common misunderstandings about DNA to set you straight as you begin your genetic research.

  • Chapter 3: Ethics and Genetic Genealogy
  • Conduct conscientious and responsible studies. This chapter explores some of the ethical issues involved in DNA testing for family research and how to account for them.

  • Part Two: Selecting a Test
  • Chapter 4: Mitochondrial-DNA (mtDNA) Testing
  • Discover Your female maternal ancestors and answer research questions about them with this guide to the oldest DNA test.

  • Chapter 5: Y-Chromosomal (Y-DNA) Testing
  • Find your paternal male ancestors. This chapter discusses how to use Y-DNA to track your male-line descendants and solve genealogical problems.

  • Chapter 6: Autosomal-DNA (atDNA) Testing
  • Explore your whole genetic family tree with this chapter’s guide to the atDNA test, the most popular and (arguably) most useful DNA Analysis.

  • Chapter 7: X-Chromosomal (X-DNA) Testing
  • Pinpoint your genetic ancestors. This chapter discusses how to use X-DNA and its inheritance patterns to grow your family tree.

  • Part Three: Analyzing and Applying Test Results
  • Chapter 8: Third-Party Autosomal-DNA Tools
  • Broaden your DNA analysis with this chapter’s tips for using software, online tools, and other third-party programs to analyze atDNA results.

  • Chapter 9: Ethnicity Estimates
  • Unpack the estimate provided by DNA testing companies. This chapter shows what you can use – and can’t – learn about your ancestry from ethnicity estimates.

  • Chapter 10: Analyzing Complex Questions with DNA
  • Dig deeper into your DNA research with these tips and strategies for using your DNA results to break through brick walls and answer challenging research questions.

  • Chapter 11: Genetic Testing for Adoptees
  • Uncover your hidden past. This chapter provides strategies for adoptees and other individuals who may face an extra hurdle when researching ancestors.

  • Chapter 12: The Future of Genetic Genealogy
  • Gaze into DNA’s future with these predictions about the field’s trajectory and what you can hope to achieve as genetic technology advances.

  • Glossary – 5 pages of terminology for the rest of us!
  • Appendices
  • Appendix A: Comparison Guides
  • Appendix B: Research Forms
  • Appendix C: More Resources
  • Index

About The Author
blaine_bettinger_125pw_author-of-dna-guideBlaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D. (biochemistry), J.D. is an intellectual property attorney in Syracuse, New York, by day, and a genealogy educator and blogger by night. In 2007, he created The Genetic Genealogist, one of the first blogs devoted to genetic genealogy and personal genomics.

Blaine has written numerous DNA-related articles for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Family Tree Magazine, and other publications. He has been an instructor at the inaugural genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, Family Tree University, and Excelsior College (Albany, NY). He is a former editor of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy, and a co-coordinator of the ad hoc Genetic Genealogy Standards Committee. In 2015, he became an alumnus of ProGen Study Group 21 and was elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees.

Blaine was born and raised in Ellisburg, NY, where his ancestors have lived for more than two hundred years, and is the father of two boys. You can find Blaine on his website and on Twitter (@blaine_5).

Order The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger for 28% off – just $21.59 (plus $5.50 p&h) thru the sale period. Order Now by clicking here.

Three Terrific New DNA Guides by Diahan Southard Are Now Available!


Three NEW DNA Quick Guides by Diahan Southard are now available. They are:

If you’ve gotten any of Diahan Southard’s DNA guides in the past, you already know just how valuable they are. You may have even purchased the bundle of 6 of Diahan’s guides that FRPC offered on sale a while back. Well, Diahan now has three new ones with detailed new information. Each of the three guides may be purchased separately, or as a bundle of three. During the promotional sale period, the bundle is 15% off (Reg. 26.85 – on sale for $22.82, plus $4.50 p&h). The individual laminate guides may be purchased for 10% off ($8.06 each, plus $4.50 p&h for the first laminate, and 50 cents for each thereafter). We’ve again put all of Diahan’s guides, including the bundle of six, on sale for 15% off on bundles, and 10% off on individual guides. Click on the links to order.

Following are descriptions of each of the new DNA guides:

NEXT STEPS: WORKING WITH YOUR AUTOSOMAL DNA MATCHES; by Diahan Southard (who worked for Sorenson Molecular); 4 pp; 8.5×11; Full Color, laminated; Published: 2016; Item # LU21

Many genealogists have heard about the power of DNA testing in genealogy and have dabbled in their own DNA test results. This guide outlines what to do next to maximize the power of DNA testing in genealogy. This guide provides instruction on:

  • How to leverage the power of known relatives who have tested
  • Gain a basic understanding of chromosome browsers and their role in the search process
  • Access to a free bonus template for evaluating the genealogical relationship of a match in relationship to the predicted genetic relationship
  • A methodology for converting the unknown relatives on the match list into known relatives

With this guide in hand, genealogists will be prepared to take their DNA testing experience to the next level and make new discoveries about their ancestors and heritage.

ORGANIZING YOUR DNA MATCHES: A COMPANION GUIDE; by Diahan Southard (who worked for Sorenson Molecular); 4 pp; 8.5×11; Full Color, laminated; Published: 2016; Item # LU22

With over 2.5 million people in the possession of a DNA test, and most with match lists in the thousands, many are wondering how to keep track of all this data and apply it to their family history. This guide provides the foundation for managing DNA matches and correspondence, and will help budding genetic genealogists:

  • Centralize their point of contact with their matches from multiple testing companies
  • Familiarize them with Google Forms for tracking information, including providing a link to a free bonus form template
  • Provide a brief overview of how to use the power of Google Earth in their genetic genealogy
  • Provide an introduction to spreadsheets
  • Review valuable third party tools and their contributions to the organizing effort

GEDMATCH: A NEXT STEP FOR YOUR AUTOSOMAL DNA TEST; by Diahan Southard (who worked for Sorenson Molecular); 4 pp; 8.5×11; Full Color, laminated; Published: 2016; Item # LU23

Gedmatch is a third‐party tool for use by genetic genealogists seeking to advance their knowledge of their autosomal DNA test. You can upload your DNA results from any major genetic genealogy testing company into Gedmatch for free. Turn to this quick guide for answers to these common questions:

  • What is Gedmatch?
  • Who can participate?
  • What do I have to do to join?
  • What kinds of tools do they offer?
  • Can it help with my ethnicity results?
  • Will I find new matches?
  • Is this a necessary tool?

This guide will navigate through the myriad of options and point out only the best tools for your genetic genealogy research.

The following previously published DNA Guides by Diahan Southard are also available – at 10% off each, or as a bundle at 15% off (see explanation above):

Ancestry Announces Appointment of Catherine Ball, Ph.D. as Chief Scientific Officer


The following is from

LEHI, Utah, Sept. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced the appointment of Catherine Ball, Ph.D. as Chief Scientific Officer. In addition to overseeing the science team, Dr. Ball leads the Company’s initiatives to develop innovative new technologies and analyze genetic data at a rapidly-increasing scale.

Dr. Ball joined Ancestry in 2011 as Vice President of Genomics and Bioinformatics, helping to establish the Company’s approach to genetic genealogy leading to the launch of AncestryDNA. She has built Ancestry’s science team into a key innovation engine, driving new scientific discoveries and powering the Company’s growth to become the largest consumer genomics provider globally. Today, AncestryDNA has the world’s largest consumer genomics database and has helped more than two million customers learn more about their ethnic origins and genetic relationships.

“This is an important recognition of the instrumental role Cathy has played – and will continue to play – in the tremendous growth of our DNA business,” said Ken Chahine Ph.D., Executive Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA. “We’re focused on developing new innovations that combine the science of DNA with our vast database of 70 million family trees to help everyone, everywhere discover what led to them. We’re at the beginning of this journey and there’s no one better to spearhead these efforts than Cathy.”

“It’s incredibly gratifying to work on a product that has a meaningful impact on so many lives,” said Dr. Ball. “Our customers share extremely rewarding stories of self-discovery with us daily and it’s an important priority to be good stewards of the data entrusted to us. I look forward to continuing work with a stellar team of laboratory scientists, geneticists, statisticians, and computer scientists as we refine the genomic science behind family history to deliver more detailed and personalized results to those of all backgrounds.”

By bringing together DNA data and the context of ties between people, places, and human events found in family trees, the AncestryDNA team will continue to study ethnic diversity, migration patterns, human evolution and the history of our species, which has the potential to influence the way we think about identity and the connections among mankind.

Dr. Ball is a genomic scientist who has annotated and mined the genomes of various organisms and created resources to help clinicians, citizens and other scientists exploit and explore genome data. Her career has focused on helping people around the world appreciate, understand and use their own genomic data. Dr. Ball has collaborated on the annotation of the first sequenced eukaryotic genome (brewer’s yeast) and has collaboratively built databases to explore the genomes of yeast, E. coli and the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. As a pioneer in data analysis resources for high-throughput biomedical technologies, she led the Stanford Microarray Database, the largest academic database of its kind. Dr. Ball has used high-throughput biomedical data to shed light on diverse research topics, from the biology of infectious organisms to the mechanisms involved in cell division and cancer. Dr. Ball has presented seminars at leading universities and contributes to National Institutes of Health committees. She received a B.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Ball was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley prior to her research in the Departments of Genetics and Biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine.

About Ancestry
Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.4 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 2 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 18 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 80 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, and Fold3.

Quest Diagnostics & AncestryDNA Form Multi-year Global Collaboration

The following News Release is from


MADISON, N.J., and LEHI, Utah, Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Quest Diagnostics (DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, and AncestryDNA, the leader in family history and consumer genomics, are teaming up to help meet the rapidly growing consumer demand for genetic tests that provide insights into genetic ethnicity, origins and other factors. The new collaboration will allow AncestryDNA to scale its testing services and pave the way for new wellness offerings.

Under a new multi-year global collaboration, Quest Diagnostics will provide genotyping test services on behalf of Ancestry’s AncestryDNA, a service that today identifies and quantifies an individual’s ethnic origins based on results of DNA testing. In just over four years, AncestryDNA has grown to become the world’s largest consumer genomics provider, with more than two million consumer DNA samples in its database.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Quest Diagnostics to offer our consumer DNA test to more consumers around the world,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry. “There’s an inherent human need to learn more about who we are as individuals and how we connect to the world around us. As the success of AncestryDNA has already demonstrated, the stories and revelations contained within our DNA can have incredibly meaningful, life-altering effects that change how we think about ourselves and our world.”

“People are very interested in their family history, and knowing one’s family health history is very important in helping us manage our health,” said Steve Rusckowski, Quest Diagnostics President and CEO. “Sharing our unique capabilities with Ancestry will help everyone learn more about themselves. We look forward to leveraging our tremendous expertise in genetic testing and information to offer a first-in-class experience to Ancestry and its customers.”

“Quest stood out from all others through the breadth of their vision and their unwavering commitment to quality, as well as being well positioned to partner with us to provide wellness and health traits,” said Ken Chahine, EVP and GM of AncestryDNA. “Adding a second diagnostic partner is a critical step forward as we work to continue to meet the consumer demand we’re seeing for our DNA tests in the U.S. and markets around the world. We’ll also now be able to move toward an East-West logistical approach, testing kits closer to where our consumers live and, ideally, reducing the time they need to wait to receive their results.”

Ancestry selected Quest Diagnostics after considering several laboratory organizations through a formal request for proposal process. Quest Diagnostics will perform genetic testing on Ancestry customer samples at its state-of-the-art laboratory in Marlborough, Mass. Additional terms were not disclosed.

Quest’s Marlborough facility uses next-generation sequencing and other technologies to provide testing in genetics, inherited cancers, neurological disorders and other complex diseases. Opened in 2014, the 200,000 square foot laboratory can accommodate expected growing demand for AncestryDNA. Quest expects to begin performing testing for Ancestry in the first quarter of 2017. Over time, the two companies intend to explore additional opportunities such as developing tools and applications to guide people on building and understanding their “family medical tree.”

About Ancestry

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.4 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 2 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 18 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 80 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, and Fold3.

About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world’s largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management. Quest Diagnostics annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our 44,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives.

Quest, Quest Diagnostics and all associated Quest Diagnostics registered or unregistered trademarks are the property of Quest Diagnostics.

Silver Lake to invest in

The following teaser is from an article posted on


Private equity firm Silver Lake Partners has agreed to acquire a minority stake in in a deal that values the privately held genealogy website at $2.6 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The investment represents a bet that Ancestry’s fast-growing DNA business will continue to expand. Ancestry sold 1 million genomics kits last year, a 93 percent increase from the prior year, as people keen to discover their roots sent in saliva samples.

Read the full article.

Share Your AncestryDNA Ethnicity Results

AncestryDNA recently launched a new feature that allows individuals to share their ethnicity results. I tried it out, sending the results to select family members by email – as well as posting to Facebook. Note that I had to allow the pop-up for Facebook sharing. I didn’t spot the block at first and wondered why the Facebook link wasn’t sharing. The share link also allows you to copy and paste the link. I pasted it into the illustration at the bottom of this post, allowing anyone to click on the illustration and get the full page at AncestryDNA.



Ancestry DNA Test – 20% Off! – Just $79 – Sale Ends This Monday, August 17, 2015

AncestryDNA is once again running a 20% off promotion on their DNA test!

The promotion ends Monday, August 17, 2015. The $79 price is the best price they have ever offered to my knowledge. This is a deal you can’t get everyday (although this is the 3rd time this year!).

AncestryDNA has been in the news a lot this last year, with their new DNA Circles, shared ancestor hints, New Ancestor Discoveries, and their new contract with Calico. Patty and I both got new AncestryDNA tests done a few months ago, and now have more ancestors, cousins and connections than we can keep up with. If you’ve been putting off getting a test done, wait no more!

Click on the illustration below to order. Note that the actual final link to make your purchase may be all the way to the bottom of the page:

Ancestry Helps “Hicks Baby” Find Her Mother

The following is from the August 5 New York Daily News.


It took one woman more than half a century to find a piece of her familial roots.

Kriste Hughes, 51, was reunited with her birth mother and brother after a lengthy search.

Hughes was one of 200 children sold into adoption on the black market by Dr. Thomas Jugarthy Hicks, an unscrupulous physician in McCaysville, Ga., decades ago.

“I know this is real, but I’m still kind of in shock,” Hughes told ABC News, which helped her and eight other “Hicks babies” to locate their biological relatives.

The largest genealogy website,, helped Hughes and the others track down their birth parents.

She sent her DNA sample to the lab and the site analyzed the specimen for free.

But chances of finding a match were slim. The database includes 1 million people, far less than 1% of the global population.

Despite the long odds, Hughes found her match — a first cousin named Jackie Flowers.

Another DNA test returned a match. This time she got a mom and a big brother.

Read the full article.

AncestryDNA & Calico to Research the Genetics of the Human Lifespan

The following news release was received from


Collaboration Will Analyze Family History and Genetics to Facilitate Development of Cutting-Edge Therapeutics

PROVO, Utah and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AncestryDNA, an industry leader in consumer genetics, and Calico, a company focused on longevity research and therapeutics, today announced an effort to investigate human heredity of lifespan. Together, they will evaluate anonymized data from millions of public family trees and a growing database of over one million genetic samples. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

AncestryDNA and Calico will work together to analyze and investigate the role of genetics and its influences in families experiencing unusual longevity using Ancestry’s proprietary databases, tools and algorithms. Calico will then focus its efforts to develop and commercialize any potential therapeutics that emerge from the analysis.

“On the heels of our AncestryHealth launch and our one million genotyped customers milestone for AncestryDNA, we’re excited to announce this collaboration with Calico to research and develop life changing solutions,” said Ken Chahine, Executive Vice President and Head of DNA and Health. “We have laid the groundwork for this effort through the combination of an unmatched family history database, one of the fastest growing genetic databases, and a strong and talented team of computer scientists and professional genealogists.”

AncestryDNA can provide access to a unique combination of resources that will enable Calico to develop potentially groundbreaking therapeutic solutions. The extensive research period will identify common patterns in longevity and human heredity through pedigree data.

“Our common experience suggests that there may be hereditary factors underlying longevity, but finding the genes responsible using standard techniques has proven elusive,” commented David Botstein, Calico’s Chief Scientific Officer and member of the US National Academy of Sciences. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to address a fundamental unanswered question in longevity research using high quality human pedigrees.”

To learn more about the AncestryDNA, visit For more information on Calico, visit

About AncestryDNA
AncestryDNA is owned and operated by DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of, LLC. AncestryDNA uses a simple test to analyze an individual’s DNA. AncestryDNA offers the potential of identifying new insights into people’s ancient ancestry to help them collaborate with distant cousins and make even more discoveries in their family history. For more information visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the company’s control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the company’s ability to add tools and features, and provide value to satisfy customer demand. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for LLC for the period ended March 31, 2015, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 1, 2015, and in discussions in other of the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements.

About Calico Life Sciences
Calico (Calico Life Sciences LLC) is a Google-funded research and development company whose mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan. Calico will use that knowledge to devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives. Visit

Ancestry Launches AncestryHealth

The following press release is from Matthew Deighton at

Dr. Cathy Petti Joins as Chief Health Officer to Spearhead Company’s Global Health Initiatives


(PROVO, Utah) – July 16, 2015 – Ancestry (, the leader in family history and consumer genetics, today announced the launch of AncestryHealth (, a new entity and resource to empower consumers with important health insights to help promote wellness, prevent illness and support healthier living. The company also announced appointment of Cathy A. Petti, MD, as AncestryHealth’s Chief Health Officer. At the same time, AncestryDNA ( announced the accomplishment of surpassing one million people tested in its database.

AncestryHealth’s first offering is a free service, currently in beta, that gives consumers the ability to compile their family health history information with the help of their Ancestry family tree.

Family health history is unique to every person. According to the Surgeon General’s office, family health history is one of the most effective screening tools in health today. Because certain health conditions like breast cancer, heart disease and cystic fibrosis can run in families and be traced, knowing important information about one’s family’s health history can help individuals and their physicians be more aware of potential health problems and take the necessary steps to reduce and prevent risks.

“Ancestry fundamentally believes family history is a powerful tool that not only can educate individuals about their past and where they came from, but can inform their future,” stated Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry. “This new service leverages expert research and delivers customized information to consumers about the risks and prevention measures to help empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices. Combined with the breadth and scale of Ancestry data, we expect AncestryHealth to be a key piece of the puzzle as we look to understand how health is passed down through generations, and we are excited to have Dr. Petti lead this effort.”

AncestryHealth integrates health information with expertise in genealogy to help consumers trace health conditions along family lines and understand what it means to individuals and their families, while recording this valuable information to share with their physicians and future generations. The company also plans to work with institutions to integrate family health history data into electronic medical records to better help physicians use family health history as a screening tool.

AncestryHealth is committed to being a partner in health by providing individuals with meaningful information and relevant research to help them make choices that could lead to longer, healthier lives. Dr. Petti joins Ancestry’s strong and growing leadership team to help focus AncestryHealth’s global health initiatives on empowering consumers to take charge of their health.

“We’re very excited to not only launch AncestryHealth but to also have Dr. Petti join us as its Chief Health Officer,” said Dr. Ken Chahine, Executive Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA and AncestryHealth. “This cements our commitment to bring our customers compelling, innovative and actionable health experiences. Dr. Petti brings tremendous knowledge and experience in individualized and global health, with expertise in clinical, regulatory and healthcare diagnostics. This is invaluable as we set out to create health offerings for our community that integrate with, and leverage the successes of, Ancestry and AncestryDNA.”

In her role, Dr. Petti will work alongside the genomics, bioinformatics, privacy and security teams to lead a health-focused strategy and create a valuable consumer health experience, starting with AncestryHealth’s family health history offering. Dr. Petti will also lead medical and regulatory affairs.

A scientific leader, Dr. Petti is internationally recognized for her expertise in clinical diagnostics and global health. Most recently, she was founder and president of HealthSpring Global, Inc., a concierge IVD consulting company supporting biotechnology companies, investors and academic researchers on the entire life cycle of advanced technologies. Dr. Petti has served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at TriCore Reference Laboratories; held the position of Global Head of Medical, Scientific and Clinical Affairs for Novartis Diagnostics; and was Medical Director of ARUP Laboratories. She has held appointments at leading academic institutions as a Professor of Medicine and Pathology, authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, and received multiple scientific awards and honors. Dr. Petti is board certified in both internal medicine and pathology subspecialties, and received an AB from Harvard University and MD from Duke University.

Ancestry is scaling rapidly from being the largest family history database to AncestryDNA now surpassing one million genotyped customers in just three years, making it one of the fastest growing consumer genetic networks today. Now armed with the combination of family history and DNA data, Ancestry is positioned to take a lead in giving consumers a glimpse into future possibilities. The company is also laser focused on bringing together the brightest talent, developing and designing a robust, easy-to-use platform and continuing to evolve in the health ecosystem.

To learn more about the AncestryHealth experience, visit

Ancestry DNA HIts 1 Million People in Their DNA Autosomal Database

Big News Day! AncestryDNA just hit 1 million people in their DNA Autosomal Database!


See the blog post below from my friend, Anna Swayne.

The following is a teaser from the blog post:

We just hit a huge milestone, and we are excited to celebrate! In just three short years AncestryDNA has genetically tested one million people to help them discover more about themselves and their family story. Thanks a million to all of you who have been tested and for everyone who will be taking the test soon. The AncestryDNA database has more than doubled in the last year, and so far we’ve delivered 99 million connections of 4th cousins or closer. That means that on average, 1 in 5,000 people who have taken the test are related within about 5 generations.

Understanding AncestryDNA

Why is DNA research so difficult to understand? Simple, it is a very complex topic.

You first learned about DNA in high school biology. You probably then did your best to forget about DNA until about a decade ago when DNA testing became a reality as an affordable, relatively speaking, individual identifier and tool for tracking one’s family history. Now every genealogist is a DNA expert. Right? Of course not. The language and process of DNA testing is still a science with words that belong to scientists. In addition, there have been so many recent books and articles on the subject it can be easy to get confused over all the types of tests, let alone just trying to get a general understanding of the whole practice.

Understanding AncestryDNAHowever, there is a much simpler way to grow your understanding of this complex topic. Diahan Southard has produced a series of six, colorful, laminated guides that outline all the basics one needs to understand DNA for genealogists. Her guides include:

Each guide follows the popular standard as four laminated pages in a single center folded guide measuring 8.5 x 11 inches.

Understanding AncestryDNA specifically explains Ancestry’s DNA testing and its major components. The guide will help you understand the test itself and what you can expect to gain from your test.

Here is a contents list based on specific headers in the guide:

  • Best Matches
  • First- Link Your Pedigree
    • Simple Pedigree
  • Why DNA Circles?
    • So Who is Invited?
  • Deciphering DNA Circles
  • Using the Main Match Page
  • One to One Matching
  • Genetic Tools
  • Try This!
  • What Next?

Diahan Southard holds a degree in Microbiology and has worked with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation.


Order copies of Understanding AncestryDNA from Family Roots Publishing.

Ancestry DNA Kits on Sale for 10% Off Through Father’s Day, June 21, 2015


As I’ve written before, AncestryDNA has been in the news a lot this last year, with their new DNA Circles, shared ancestor hints, and New Ancestor Discoveries. Patty and I both got new AncestryDNA tests done a few months ago, and now have more ancestors, cousins and connections than we can keep up with. If you’ve been putting off getting a test done, wait no more!

AncestryDNA is on sale for 10% off – making it just $89 – through Father’s Day, June 21, 2015.

Click here or on the illustration to order:

AncestryDNA Offers Their Test for 20% Off through Monday, August 17! Just $79

AncestryDNA is once again running a supersale on their DNA test. It’s again 20% off – but only through Monday, August 17. The test is normally $99 – so you can save about $20 by buying now.

The promotion is running from April 23 through April 27, and again, is at a full 20% off! I believe that’s the best price they have ever offered. They did it last year, and I believe they ran a very limited-time Christmas 2014 promo at the same price. But this is a deal you can’t get everyday.

AncestryDNA has been in the news a lot this last year, with their new DNA Circles, shared ancestor hints, and New Ancestor Discoveries. Patty and I both got new AncestryDNA tests done a few months ago, and now have more ancestors, cousins and connections than we can keep up with. If you’ve been putting off getting a test done, wait no more!

Click on the illustration below to order:

AncestryDNA Launches New Technology Called New Ancestor Discoveries

A few days ago, AncestryDNA launched a new program called New Ancestor Discoveries. I’ve been swamped with the editing of several new books and Insta-Guides that are about to launch at FRPC and have just now gotten time to check it out.

I got an email from Ancestry saying that I had matches in the new program. It seems that there’s a good chance (70% or better) I’m descended from or related to two folks I’d never heard of.


Based on DNA tests that I’ve had done with Ancestry, there are connections and online trees for 157 folks with whom I have a 4th cousin or better relationship. I recognize a lot of these folks, so the technology does work. We’ve come a long way in the 35 years since I started to actively research!

According to a note from my friend, Anna Swayne, with Ancestry DNA, the following points are what make this latest New Ancestor Discoveries technology exciting:

DNA Circles will now include anyone in your tree not only direct ancestral lines. For example, if you are genetically related to members of your 3rd great-granduncle’s DNA Circle and you have him in your tree we will now include you into that DNA Circle.

  • DNA Circle graph is now included in all DNA Circles and New Ancestor Discoveries
  • The orange lines represent DNA and the common ancestor connection between each individual in the DNA Circle
    • The thickness of the lines are determined by the strength of the connection

We changed the way family groups are displayed in the DNA connection page

  • If you belong to a family unit (family unit consists of 1st cousin relationships or closer) we will roll you up under the name of the most common ancestor.
    • For example, you, and your three 1st cousins were tested we would wrap your “family unit” up under your grandparent in common and the display the name of that common ancestor.

The Ancestor Page is new to all DNA Circle members

  • It is only accessible from the DNA Circle or New Ancestor Discovery experience
  • Have an all access pass with a subscription to see photos, records, and facts about this particular ancestor
    • Information from this page is compiled from public member trees

The following is the press release from Ancestry:

Latest Breakthrough in Consumer Genetics Connects People to Ancestors Dating Back to the 1700s Using Just Their DNA

PROVO, UT–(Marketwired – April 02, 2015) – AncestryDNA, the leader in DNA testing for family history, today launched a significant technological advancement that makes discovering one’s family history faster and easier than ever. Now with the easy-to-use AncestryDNA test, customers will have the unique ability to find their ancestors, who lived hundreds of years ago, using just their DNA. Only possible through the groundbreaking work of the AncestryDNA science team, New Ancestor Discoveries is a technical innovation that combines the latest in genetic science, new patent-pending algorithms, and access to AncestryDNA’s extensive database to push the boundaries of human genetics, and help people find ancestors from their past using just a DNA test, no genealogy research required.

“This is the biggest advancement in family history since we introduced our Hint feature, the Ancestry shaky leaf, which scours billions of historical records to automatically find new information about your family,” said Tim Sullivan CEO of Ancestry. “Now, through a simple DNA test, AncestryDNA is fundamentally revolutionizing the way to discover your family history, transforming the experience by making it faster and easier to go further into your family’s past, and instantly discover new ancestors you never knew you had.”


New Ancestor Discoveries are revealed through a unique combination of AncestryDNA results and the millions of family trees shared by Ancestry members. First, living cousins of each AncestryDNA member are found and organized into family networks, called DNA Circles, which bring together groups of people who are genetically related to the same ancestor. When a new AncestryDNA customer is connected into that DNA Circle, it’s likely they also share that same ancestor. As a result, it is now possible to simply take the AncestryDNA test and see the name of an ancestor from your family’s past appear in your DNA results.

“It is effectively a shortcut through time — you take the test today and we tell you who your ancestors were, for example, in the 1700s. You don’t need to research records or build a family tree — AncestryDNA now transports you to the past,” said Dr. Ken Chahine, SVP and GM of AncestryDNA. “It’s a combination of three things that allowed us to achieve this breakthrough innovation: 1) millions of family trees created by Ancestry members, 2) the fastest growing genetic database in the world, currently with more than 800,000 genotyped members and 3) a dedicated team of scientists who are pushing the boundaries of genetics and statistics to help people make family history discoveries in ways never before possible.”

Discovering new ancestors is made simple. Customers just provide a small saliva sample for the AncestryDNA test, which reads a person’s genetic code at more than 700,000 DNA markers. Mail it back where it will be analyzed and compared alongside 65 million family trees and more than 800,000 genotyped AncestryDNA members. Results are available within six to eight weeks, including new possible ancestors, accompanied by historical narratives of their lives that can include photos, locations, and life events available to Ancestry members.

With this latest innovation, AncestryDNA will open the door to a whole new segment of consumers that may be interested in family history but don’t know how or don’t have the time to search records or build a family tree. It will also meet the needs of experienced genealogists, who may need new genetic connections to their ancestors to help break through dead-ends in their research that historical records alone cannot.

AncestryDNA is now connecting people to ancestors from significant periods of time and from all around the world, including Colonial America, the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Poland, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy and more. Extending beyond the initial discovery of these ancestors, with a subscription to Ancestry, members can dig into the rich story of those ancestors’ lives through historical documents, photos, and insights from the events that shaped the times in which they lived.

To learn more about the new AncestryDNA experience, visit

About DNA, LLC
About DNA, LLC. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of LLC. AncestryDNA uses a simple test to analyze an individual’s DNA. AncestryDNA offers the potential of identifying new insights into people’s ancient ancestry to help them collaborate with distant cousins and make even more discoveries in their family history. For more information visit