AncestryDNA: Genetic Ethnicity Test, Ethnicity Estimate, AncestryDNA Test Kit, Health and Personal Care
- A FEW SIMPLE STEPS: Discover your DNA story with our easy-to-follow instructions. Simply activate your DNA kit online and return your saliva sample in the prepaid package to our state-of-the-art lab. In roughly six to eight weeks, your results will be ready online.
- TOP-SELLING CONSUMER DNA TEST: From your origins in over 1,000 regions to the most connections to living relatives, no other DNA test kit delivers an experience as unique and interactive as an AncestryDNA kit.
- PRECISE ETHNICITY AND LIVING RELATIVES: A more precise ethnicity estimate with greater geographic detail and in-depth historical insights connects you to the places in the world where your story started—from unique regions to living relatives.
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You can see more specific breakdowns of places in your DNA, helping to pinpoint where your ancestors might have lived. Depending on your regions, you could also get a timeline of historical changes with expert-curated content, giving you context about the events that shaped the lives of your ancestors over time.
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But the test result only says I'm "100% Asian." One giant yellow pie chart just saying I'm just "Asian", nothing else. So, I paid 80 bucks to find out I'm Asian.
AncestryDNA only 4 Asian regions (Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, and Guam/Philippines), whereas they have more than 100 European regions.
Is this some sort of sick joke? I understand that the company may have way fewer Asian samples. But then, they should've notified customers that they can't track Asian people's ancestry at all.
Don't waste your money on this, if you are Asian.
* I found the ethnicity estimate to be just about equal to everyone else. You can get more detail running your own models via gedmatch but for the curious or beginner, this is the easy result. If you just want to know whether you need a kilt or lederhosen or green beer for the next holiday seasons then this works as well, with many particular limitations, as any of the others.
* There's no medical interpretation - most don't anymore. You can get good medical results running your raw download through Promethease for a few bucks. If you want to know medical propensities then Ancestry won't help much on its own.
* The relationship calculations are pretty accurate and the database is huge. Compared to my other tests, this one returned far more and much closer connections. If you're looking for birth parents and such, this is the place to start. Just remember that the calculator is an estimate and other possibilities exist.
- The sampling process was simple "spit in a tube, mail it in" - I much prefer cheek swabs but this gets the job done.
- Time was super fast for me - 4 weeks from mail-in. I have a test out with one company that is nearing 3 months to process.
- The user interface is pretty simple for newbies but doesn't offer much in the way of analysis tools for those who have DNA experience. Gedmatch can makeup for the shortfall in analysis tools if you can get your matches to upload there.
- The ease of creating an attached tree makes for some particularly easy genealogical research to confirm/refute family connections.
- The ease of creating an attached tree makes for some particularly prevalent errors in family trees.
- yDNA and mtDNA predictive markers are hidden in these results if you want to make an effort to dig them out.
- The marketing of this tester has created a large database of folks who were only interested in ethnicity and admixture estimates who have no interest in and won't reply to genealogy queries. Many haven't logged back in since they got their results back.
There seem to be a lot of customers who forgot that molecular biology, human origins and migrations geography, and world history weren't their best subjects in school and were expecting this to return an easy result to "grasp it all" in a few minutes. The more you want to dig, the more complex the understanding will become. "DNA for Dummies" is a master's degree - "All You Ever Wanted to Know..." is a PhD. If you get hung up on needing to understand it all in a few short hours then you're going to get very frustrated. Take it in a little at a time.
Having spent many $1000's on this hobby over the years, I'm very pleased with this $70 investment into understanding who I am and where I came from. Your mileage may vary.
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No health information and no detailed information.....unless.....YOU PAY FOR AN ANCESTRY SUBSCRIPTION.
Of course. Don't waste your money. Get a 23andMe test with soooooooo much more information and a lot more family connections. They aren't perfect either but much more worth the money spent.
I sadly have to agree as after the results appeared in my Ancestry account I was very disappointed to see that they failed to disclose any sign of my Italian heritage at all and even clicking through the Engilsh ethnic breakdown showed absolutely NO connection to any place whatsoever so apparently I am an alien who was dropped here from outer space so I could not recommend this as a service that produces a valid ethnic breakdown at all. Their results graph and click through breakdown are extremely limited, especially after comparing them with other services so from the ethnicity perspective, think they are bordering on false advertising!!
Even the cousin matches seem to be based on the surnames listed in your tree with no attempt at comparing the people between trees to see if there is actually anyone in common! I have managed to find a few actual matches in the cousin match list, no thanks to their matching service, but more to the fact that I have been researching my tree for many years and am fortunate to know someone who is very competent at DNA and family tree research to help me weed out the rubbish from the genuine matches.
Thankfully there are two saving graces with this service:
1. They have a big database to which to compare with
2. You can download the raw DNA file and upload it to services with far superior ethnic breakdown and better graphs
Uploading my Raw AncestryDNA file to the free GedMatch service, immediately displayed my known Italian, Scottish, Welsh and English heritage along with French that I had been hoping to find to confirm a verbal family history plus Irish, German and Swedish which were a pleasant surprise that I will enjoy trying to discover which branch of the tree they belong to! I have also uploaded the DNA file to other free services, MyHeritage that also shows the Mediterranean connection along with LivingDNA whose results I am still waiting for. All these services also include cousin matches who share dna so you end up with a much bigger pool of possible matches than Ancestry alone.
Also on the plus side, you can also upload the file to sites that produce pure health related results from your DNA with Promethese (paid) and CodeGen (free) or Genomelink and learn how your DNA shapes your nutrition, fitness, personality and intelligence traits.
On the down side, Ancestry keeps changing it's build format so that some free services are unable to process their Raw DNA file and do not include the facility to upload Raw DNA files provided and processed by the services named above.
So from that perspective, if DNA testing for fun and to find potential cousin matches is something you are considering, then wait for when they have a cheap special offer available. If you want a proper ethnic breakdown, either use the raw DNA file and upload it elsewhere or use one of the more accurate providers. Note they only do autosumnal DNA testing and NOT Y-DNA testing so you will need to use another service for that.
This is over 20% of the worlds population!!!!!
Anybody who knows this region can attest to how different these peoples are. I get it, this field is still under development. But if they can take the time and effort to differentiate between German and French people, the same can be done for South Asia. The point is, don't waste your money on this test if you are from here until they refine their databases.
Also I complained to their "support" email on this very issue, and no one has bothered to respond - so poor customer service as well.
My husband had a less full tree so his results were more exciting, and the DNA matches helped him find the person he was looking for and fill in the missing information.
Definitely worth the money when it’s on offer, especially for those who are adopted, or don’t know the identity of a father/grandfather etc.
As a result, I believe that I have the appropriate experience to say that the test provided by AncestryDNA, despite its higher price point versus its competitors, appears to be the one test with the lowest accuracy, poorest presentation and poorest database for relatives. Since this company, like 23andme, tries to match your origins and mix of genes with that of other reference populations, they also failed to even spot mine or match me at all with other reference populations in their database.
The only utility provided by this company is that you are able to upload your raw DNA to other companies in an effort to find out more about your ancestry though even their raw DNA data seems to be less accurate than those of other companies.
On a final note, ancestry companies improve their algorithms constantly and things could improve in the future, but I'd suggest that you skip this one for now!
The regions are so large and include so many countries you almost have to know where your family is from to make sense of it. For example, I'm sure I have Dutch ancestry, because my name is Dutch, but this group was included in the same as people from the UK. That's how huge the regions are. I guess I can understand that the genetic variations among those people are limited but I can't believe they can't pinpoint your roots to a more exact region.
Also, it's a bit crappy that even after you have paid this much to order this kit that you can't access more documentation about your family and you need to pay even more to subscribe.
In summary, if you have no clue about your family, go ahead and have fun but if you've done some research beforehand, it's not really worth it.
Examples being: Welsh/southern England/western europe & Irish/scottish/Celtic.
Far too broad if you ask me.
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