Tech Report: AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Jeff Lind of Codeword joined us in studio to discuss AncestryDNA, the leading company in consumer genomics and family history, with more than 6 million people who have taken the test so far.

Ancestry started in 1983 as a publishing company, and has grown into the global leader in family history and consumer genomics. has the largest online database of historical records (more than 20 billion).

Taking an AncestryDNA test is simple.

  1. Activate the kit online
  2. Provide a saliva sample by spitting into a sample tube
  3. Seal it up
  4. Ship it off
  5. Then 6-8 weeks later you will get your results online

Your results will give you a glimpse into where your ancestors have lived between 500-1000 years ago. In these results you will get an ethnicity estimate (10% Irish, 25% Cameroon/Congo, etc.).

The results will also reveal insight into which genetic communities you belong to -- more than 150 migratory groups over the last 300 years or so (e.g. Ulster Irish, Early Settler of new England, etc.)

You will also get to see who you are related to inside the database (the average user has more than 300 4th cousin matches or closer).

The kit is now on sale for $79 (normally $99).

More than 6 million people have taken an AncestryDNA test so far.