Around 11 months ago, AncestryDNA announced that it had tested over 1 million people. Recently, has hit another major milestone. They are now 2 million people strong. They are the very first consumer genetics testing company to hit that milestone.
AncestryDNA is a direct-to-consumer genetic testing service. It uses the latest autosomal testing technology to revolutionize the way people discover their family history. The service combines advanced DNA science with the world’s largest online family history resource to predict a customer’s genetic ethnicity and to help them find new family connections.
The AncestryDNA test is more comprehensive than other direct-to-consumer test kits. This is because it uses autosomal DNA testing (instead of a mitochondrial or a Y-chromosome type of testing). Autosomal DNA includes the 22 pairs of chromosomes that aren’t the X or Y chromosomes that determine a person’s gender. This type of DNA test can be taken by a man or by a woman.
In addition, AncestryDNA also analyzes a person’s entire genome. Doing so enables them to find results that are not limited to just the direct maternal, or direct paternal, lines of a customer.
AncestryDNA is offered by Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, a member of the Ancestry family of companies, and the world’s largest online resource for family history. The AncestryDNA test kit costs $99. It requires customers to send in a small saliva sample. You can link your AncestryDNA results to one family tree on Ancestry.com (assuming, of course, that you have a subscription to Ancestry.com).
On June 22, 2016, AncestryDNA announced that it had reached the “2 million people strong” milestone. It only took 11 months for AncestryDNA to double its database from 1 million to the 2-million-people-tested milestone. They now have 2 million people genotyped who are connecting to family and making discoveries of their own.
AncestryDNA has made 7,400,000 close cousin matches between the people who used their DNA test kit. AncestryDNA considers a “close cousin” to be a person who is 3rd cousins to you (or closer). Their database now has a total of 37 countries in which you can connect with new cousins.
The AncestryDNA website where they announced their 2 million people milestone includes a fun equation. It says: “2,000,000 people tested + 70,000,000 trees + 17,000,000,000 records = spectacular possibilities”. AncestryDNA has a unique ability to tap into Ancestry.com’s vast collection of family history resources. That information could help you to fill in the missing pieces of your story.
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