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You're probably familiar with Ancestry, our Editors' Choice for genealogy services.In mid-2012, Ancestry introduced Ancestry DNA, a service that analyzes your DNA and integrates that data with your family tree, if you've created one.You can also read more about each ethnicity match and country, see how you compare to the native population and read about their genetic diversity and the population history.One note: if you cancel your account, you can download your raw DNA report and take it with you. I'm 98 percent, according to Ancestry DNA—more Irish than the Irish.The whole process is quick and simple, and the included funnel prevents spillage.Next, you remove the funnel and screw on the included cap, which releases a stabilizing fluid so that your sample remains viable during travel.So even if you're doing the ordering and setup for a family member or friend, you'll need to create an account for them or help them do so themselves.Parents who are managing tests for their minor children are the exception; they can have multiple kits associated with one account.
Ancestry DNA's price tag includes the collection kit and two-way shipping, and there are often sales; I've seen it for as low as .An adult who takes a DNA test is considered the owner of that test but can assign other family members or friends to the role of managing the results and allow others to view them as well.If you're managing other people's DNA results, you can do so from your account, but each test must be associated with an account.I wasn't expecting any surprises from my results; my name and my fair skin make it pretty clear that I'm Irish. As I said, you can see how you compare to the native population of the countries where your ancestors lived. Depending on your genetic makeup, you may also see "trace regions" in your ethnicity estimate, in which the amount of matching DNA is too small to deem accurate.In my case, I had a one percent match with Scandinavia and one percent with Western Europe. Ancestry DNA will search their database for what it calls Cousin Matches, whether you have a linked family tree on the main Ancestry service or not, but none of your personal information is visible; just your username, possible relationship, and your genetic ethnicity.