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Quick Answers to Common Questions
What’s included in the kit?
The kit includes easy-to-follow instructions, a saliva collection tube with an activation code, and a pre-paid return mailer.
How do I activate my kit?
Activation is easy. Go to the website indicated in your instructions and enter the fifteen character alphanumeric activation code printed on the collection tube. Your test can’t be processed until you register your kit.
What happens at the lab?
Your DNA is analyzed at hundreds of thousands of genetic markers for a personalized report on your ethnicity and newly discovered relatives.
How long until I get my results?
Once you’ve activated your kit and we’ve received your sample, it takes roughly 6-8 weeks to deliver your results. During periods of high demand it may take longer.
How do I see my results?
You will receive an email with a link to view your DNA results when they are ready. It’s easy to access your results online anytime in your password-protected Ancestry account.
What will my results tell me?
Your DNA results tell you which places your ancestors once called home, across 167 regions. We’ll also connect you to potential relatives who have also taken the AncestryDNA test.
Why take the AncestryDNA test?
Your saliva contains your DNA—and your DNA holds your story. Your results can reveal your ethnic origins and help you find new family connections.
Combining fascinating genetic information with an extensive family history resource is what sets us apart from our competitors.
What is the benefit of connecting my DNA results to a family tree?
Having a tree attached to your test will help you get the most from your AncestryDNA experience. It can open many paths of discovery and lead to new relatives you would never have known. After you link your results to your tree you may begin to find shared ancestor hints and DNA circles in your account.
How large is the AncestryDNA database?
Over 6 million people have taken the test and our community is growing daily. And with every new test taken, your potential for making new discoveries gets even better.
How does AncestryDNA protect my privacy?
For over 20 years, people have trusted us with personal information about themselves and their families. We are committed to upholding our privacy principles. When you make new discoveries with us, we want you to feel confident and informed. You can ask us to delete your test results or destroy your physical DNA sample at any time.
Please see the Ancestry Privacy Statement and visit our Privacy Center for more information.
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