It took AncestryDNA three years to get the first million samples. (See “AncestryDNA Exceeds Million Mark” on my blog on 22 July 2015.)
It took them 11 months to get the next million. (See “AncestryDNA Database Reaches Two Million” on 28 June 2016.)
They have grown another million in just seven months. (See “AncestryDNA Surpasses 3 Million Customers in DNA Database” on the Ancestry blog from 10 January 2017.) That’s astonishing. Every day the AncestryDNA database gets more and more valuable.
- AncestryDNA has found 15 million close cousins (3rd cousin or closer).
- Ancestry has identified 6 million DNA circles. (For an explanation of DNA circles, see “Aaron Orr Talks Ancestry DNA at BYU Conference – #BYUFHGC” on my blog.)
- AncestryDNA is available in 37 countries (although I’m not certain collaterals have been translated into all those languages).
- Ancestry.com (parent company of AncestryDNA) has 80 million trees.
- Ancestry.com has 19 billion records (including the persons in the 80 million trees).
For more information, visit https://www.ancestry.com/dna/lp/genetic-testing-news.
Somewhere along the line, AncestryDNA gave their home page a facelift, which I hadn’t noticed:
Perhaps it was to make the page adaptable to small devices. On a smartphone, the three boxes neatly stack on top of each other.
Speaking of smartphones, have I written before about the AncestryDNA App? Have I heard of the AncestryDNA App before? I’m really losing it. Well, regardless, Ancestry released the AncestryDNA app back on 28 September 2016. Since then they have mostly made bug fixes. The app lacks many features, so perhaps they haven’t said much about it and I’m not losing it.
One thing it can do is map your ethnicity (below, left).
And it can share your ethnicity (above, right). That’s useful marketing for Ancestry.
But it can’t do any serious genealogy, like review your DNA matches. The matches icon at the bottom leads straight to a browser link (below left). (Gosh, I have 18,200 matches! I’m related in a measurable, DNA way, to almost 1% of the 3 million people in the Ancestry database. My Viking ancestors really got around!)
The final navigation icon, Settings, leads to the screen above right.