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For many, uncovering their ancestry is a profound experience. The timeless questions of who we are and where we come from are deeply written into our genes. But it has historically been a lot of work to delve meaningfully into the past, especially when digging up info from more than a couple generations back. DNA analysis has been a game changer in that journey, and with great new deals, Ancestry® is making it easier than ever for everyone to delve into the story told by their genes.

Let your loved ones discover where they're from

With new updates and discoveries, AncestryDNA® is a gift they’ll never finish unwrapping. But hurry — this holiday offer ends Dec. 31.

How it works

So how does an AncestryDNA kit work? Upon purchase, you’ll receive a test tube in the mail with a return address label. Gather saliva in the tube and return your DNA to the lab for analysis (the return label is prepaid, so there are no additional costs for mailing it back). And voilà! After a few weeks your results will be available online. There, you can explore the multidimensional story written in your DNA with an intuitive interface that walks you through key chapters in your own personalized narrative.

These include ethnicity estimates that give a more precise picture of just where your ancestors came from, including specific regions. (That level of detail can mean the difference between a generic “Italy” and “Campania” specifically.) Migration maps trace the movement of your ancestors over time, in some instances including the likely “why” behind their journeys across the world. And the DNA Matches option gives users a chance to compare their results with others, and even uncover distant or long-lost relatives. (Who knew you had a second cousin in the next town over?)

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As science advances, so does Ancestry®

Our understanding of genetics and DNA has made leaps and bounds in recent years, and the pace of change continues unabated. As the science advances, so does Ancestry. Its AncestryDNA kits are improving all the time by baking the latest science and research into periodic updates. A recent ethnicity estimate update, for instance, covers over 1,800 global regions across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, making for the most precise geographic look into the past that Ancestry has offered to date. In some instances, genetic markers can be traced to specific islands, peninsulas and even towns.

The newest feature from Ancestry®, Matches by Parent, allows users to view both ethnicities and matches by parental side. You can explore which side of the family your matches and ethnicities come from, without your parents even taking a DNA test. This is all made possible by SideView™, a specialized technology that will soon also include your communities and more!

And with AncestryDNA Traits, users can explore additional insights related to their physical appearance, fitness levels, nutrition, wellness and more. Traits offers a constellation of fun and interesting genetic details across 35-plus personal traits, from the average finger length of other northern Spaniards to whether you may have above-average endurance. It’s a deep dive into the personal traits that make you, well, you.

Our DNA isn’t destiny, but it does have plenty to teach us — and what it reveals can be profound. Ancestry makes it easy to put those insights to use, and this limited time holiday offer is the perfect opportunity to do so for you, your family or a friend.