• Your Privacy is Ancestry’s Top Priority

    Dec 3 has made it clear that your privacy is important to them. This comes after a controversial decision made by GEDmatch to open its database of nearly one million users to law enforcement following the issuance of a search warrant. Many of those users had not consented to such access. Ancestry believes that GEDmatch could have don...


  • Ancestry Expands Reference Panel for More Precise Results and New Regions

    Nov 19

    Ancestry announced that their team of scientists have increased the AncestryDNA reference panel to more than double its previous size with samples from more places around the world, resulting in the latest update to AncestryDNA ethnicity estimates. Over the next several months, AncestryDNA customers may receive updated ethnicity estimates, ...


  • Ancestry Debuts World’s Largest Searchable Online Obituary Collection

    Nov 5

    Ancestry announced the launch of their Obituary Collection, as well as an upgrade to Ancestry's U.S. Obituary Collection, adding to what is now the world's largest, searchable digital archive of over 262 million worldwide obituaries and death announcements, containing almost 1 billion searchable family members. Obituaries can...


  • Ancestry to Debut “A New Leaf” TV Show

    Oct 1

    Ancestry announced the debut of a brand new television series by Ancestry called “A New Leaf”. The first episode will air on NBC on October 5, 2019. Ancestry explained a bit about why it created this show. “We heard your feedback: You love “Who Do You Think You Are?” - but also want to see everyday people embark on journeys of per...


  • AncestryDNA Unveils Over 225 New Communities

    Jul 4

    Ancestry announced that they have released over 225 new AncestryDNA communities to help their members who have ties to France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Utilizing their DNA network of over 15 million people, their vast collection of public family trees, and their patented Genetic Communities technology, Ancest...


  • Ancestry Surpasses 15 Million DNA Customers

    Jun 4

    Ancestry announced that 15 million customers have received AncestryDNA results. As the network of people who have taken an AncestryDNA test continues to grow, it makes Ancestry more able to deliver granular insights about heritage and compelling new paths to learn about ourselves through genetics. Ancestry identified three areas which can b...


  • Ancestry Helps Users Understand New Ethnicity Estimate

    May 9

    Ancestry posted a blog titled: “Understanding Your New Ethnicity Estimate”. The post includes information about how Ancestry users can better understand their new ethnicity estimate. Ancestry announced in September of 2018 that they would deliver ethnicity estimates with increased precision to their customers. The ethnicity estimat...


  • Ancestry Announced New Family History Tools

    Mar 5

    Ancestry announced the release of new, game-changing, family history research tools at RootsTech 2019. Those tools include: MyTreeTags, New & Improved DNA Matches, and ThruLines. MyTreeTags is a simple new way to organize your family research. You can apply labels called MyTreeTags to people in your family tree to indicate whether your resea...


  • 23andMe Sues Ancestry for Patent Infringement

    May 19

    GenomeWeb, an independent online news organization based in New York, has been around since 1997. It's mission is to cover the scientific and economic ecosystem spurred by the advent of high-throughput genome sequencing. GenomeWeb reported that 23andMe has sued for patent infringement and misleading marketing. GenomeWeb points out t...


  • Ancestry Takes Action After RootsWeb Server Breach

    Jan 1 alerted its users that a data breach occurred on a specific RootsWeb server. The information received by Ancestry's Information Security Team came from a security researcher who said he found a file containing email addresses/username and password combinations as well as user names from a server. pointed ou...