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The new full English breakfast is a toast to our heritage

With one billion ‘full Englishes’ consumed each year, the breakfast is a much-loved national staple. But how English is the full English breakfast? Ancestry partnered with Masterchef 2017 finalist Steve Kielty to recreate the ‘full English breakfast’ to better reflect the diversity of the average Brit. With the typical English person* only having 37.4% DNA Read More

Why an AncestryDNA kit is the perfect birthday gift

Are you looking for a unique, personal birthday gift? Something that helps someone make incredible discoveries about themselves and shows your interest in them and their journey? With over 7 million people tested, an AncestryDNA kit can help you discover more stories than ever. It has linked long-separated siblings and helped users uncover lost paternal Read More

4 types of Spanish surnames: Which one is yours?

Ever wonder about Spanish surnames (“apellido” in Spanish) and how they came to be? Spanish surnames started being used in medieval times, when populations were growing and it became necessary to distinguish between individuals with the same given name. The 10 most common Spanish surnames today cover about 20 percent of the population in Spain. Read More

Italian surnames: 6 facts to know

Italian is a rich and colorful language, with equally descriptive — and enigmatic — surnames. However murky their origins, the names practically gesticulate, telling a story that enlivens a family history. Here are some facts to keep in mind as you trace the roots of your own cognome. 1. Many surnames refer to geography Centuries Read More

5 things you need to know about taking an AncestryDNA test

So you want to take an AncestryDNA test to gain a more complete story of your genetic makeup. With advances in modern technology, it’s easier than ever to gain insights from your DNA. Here’s a five-point primer that maps out some facts you need to know. 1. What DNA tests are available? Technically, you have Read More

They traveled the globe, but one DNA test changed their world

Dave and Deb of The Planet D have been traveling the world full time for the last 8 years, visiting over 106 countries. They’ve cycled across Africa, driven from England to Mongolia, and swum in Antarctica. But their recent trip to Scotland turned out to be one of the most unique — and it all began with Read More

Are you part Viking?

Vikings burst onto the world stage in the late 700s. For the next three centuries, known as the Viking Age, Viking ships carried their warriors to distant lands, from modern-day Turkey to Canada. Could traces of these great adventurers be found in your DNA today? “There’s a little Viking in everyone” A common question from people Read More

DNA revealed this ‘Typical’ British village isn’t so British after all

With its honey-coloured stone cottages, the village of Bledington is quintessentially English. But a landmark study by AncestryDNA uncovered the unexpected: The average village resident is less than half Great British. A not so British village Official population data identifies the ethnicity of the village as 94% White British. Instead, their AncestryDNA test results revealed Read More

How does an AncestryDNA test work?

An AncestryDNA test is simple. You order a kit, send in your saliva sample, and voila. You get an email weeks later telling you when your results are ready. Those results reveal your ethnicity estimate, people you may be related to, and new details about your unique family history. But how does an AncestryDNA test actually work? Read More