The Big DNA Upset — Ancestry’s Change

Earlier this week broke the genealogy world by introducing a new policy surrounding their DNA tests. This news has caused many a person to express their views concerning the subject, and as any good genealogist would do, I’m jumping into the fray to separate fact from fiction.

Picture of DNA test

According to the new policy released by Ancestry on the 13th of July, :

“Every adult who takes a DNA test is the Owner of that test. The Owner is in the driver’s seat and can assign people to specific roles. The Owner can choose to allow a family member or a trusted friend to manage the test results and direct messages, be a collaborator or just the view the results. If you manage your own test, you will see your role on the test change from Manager to Owner within the next several days. Learn more about the roles an Owner may assign below.”

But what does this really mean for genealogist — professional, amateur and otherwise? And for the future of DNA tests.

This means that each user on Ancestry’s website can have ONE DNA test attached to their specific account.

This DOES NOT mean you won’t be able to access other accounts DNA tests. The user of that account can invite you to view their DNA test through easy instructions that you can find on Ancestry’s website, and Ancestry even gives you this handy chart on how to see the different roles that a user can have pertaining the DNA tests.

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So what do we do?

First. Let’s calm out collective genealogical butts and see what this policy really means. You will still have access to all of your DNA tests. That isn’t going to change.

Second. This will give the access back to the owner of the test, which is where it should have been in the first place. If this is an issue for you, I would ask yourself….why? Is it

Is it the age of the user? Create a new ancestry account for them. That way they can access it, as well as their family members in the future. They can also give you access to the test. This doesn’t ban us from accessing the tests, it just gives the ownership back to the owner of the DNA.

Third. Embrace Change. Seriously, if you can’t flow with the changes, then what are you doing in this field? We may think that genealogy is a static and none moving field, but in reality, people die every day and we are continuing to change, add more and build our family trees. Technology changes and we can learn to embrace this.

Those are the facts and those are the opinions. Sound off in the comments below on how you feel about this change.

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The Quick-And-Dirty on How To Take an AncestryDNA test

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Ever since my first DNA test taken years ago, I’ve been fascinated by what historical geneticists could tell me about my past. It always struck me that family members can bend the truth, written records can lie and the origins of an individual can be obfuscated.  But, beyond all of that, I knew that science of DNA couldn’t lie.



Science and the study of genetics give us the plain and dirty facts of where we came from without the lens of humanity attached  — we get to do that later.  But we can discuss that later. Today’s post is all about how to take Ancestry’s DNA test.

Taking a test that can tell you your heritage can seem a little daunting, and even though I wasn’t the one doing it today, I was still nervous. But, Ancestry makes it really easy and the directions are straightforward for anyone looking to find our their past.


STEP 1: This step really should be that you have purchased a kit from Ancestry here, but I’m going to assume you’ve already done it. Surprise! It arrived in your mailbox and it looks like this.

STEP 2:  Make sure before you start spitting to enter your activation code (found on the plastic vial underneath the barcode) into Ancestry’s website here. This will help you connect your results of the DNA test to your family tree online at a later point.

STEP 3: This is the second most important step, make sure to lay out AT LEAST 30 MINUTES to do this test.  Make sure you have not smoked, drank or eaten in the last 30 minutes. In order to not compromise the test, you will need to follow these directions to the letter. It helps if you set a timer on your phone like I did below.16215808_10158246715705601_1506124223_n


STEP 3: Once you get to the point where you are ready, get set to spit! And I mean spit. You will need to fill up the vial to the wavy line. This looks like a lot, but it reality it is only half the vial. Once you’ve reached the wavy line without too many bubbles it is time to cap it.

STEP 4:  Flip the cap over, make sure it is good and tight, you don’t want any of your spit coming on out (gross, I know!). Once the cap (with the blue liquid) is on tightly, hold firmly and shake for 5 counts. If you are confused, don’t worry, Ancestry has also put out a video just for you!

STEP 5: You are done! Put it inside the inside packaging (the black baggie) and seal it, then insert into the pre-printed box (you don’t’ even need to put stamps on it) and pop it in the mailbox. You are done!


Within 6-8 weeks you’ll have your results

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Records Rave: New Records @ Ancestry as of January 17, 2017

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I love finding out that new records are available via and because of that, I’ve created the Records Rave posts in which I highlight the new (but not updated) records to Ancestry. Take a look below and let me know if I missed any!

New Record Database - Jan. 10, 2017

Victoria, Austraila, Wills and Probate Records (1841 – 2009)
Antwerp, Belgium, Civil Registration (1796 – 1906)
Brabant, Belgium, Civil Registration (1582 – 1914)
East Flanders, Belgium, Civil Registration (1541 – 1912)
Liège, Belgium, Civil Registration (1676 – 1700) + (1798 – 1901)
Namur, Belgium, Civil Registration (1800 – 1912)
London, England, Gamekeepers’ Licences (1727-1839) *
London, England, Stock Exchange Membership Applications (1802 – 1924)
London, England, TS Exmouth Training Ship Records (1876 – 1918)
South Africa, Occupational Index (1864 – 1918)

*Not Listed in Photo Above

Which set of records are you most interested or curious about? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to keep track of what new records come out by following us at  The Hipster Historian here.