Finding My Lost Polish Family [Kult America]

New York City is a town littered in the memories of immigrants. I’m proud to say that my great-grandparents from small villages in Poland were among them. Upon arrival most Americanized their name and forgot their native language, but the ancestral identity remained a key part of who we were. Poland is in my blood, […]

Are Home DNA Kits Hiding a Secret?

Personal data doesn’t get much more personal than this- that’s your DNA. Consumer testing companies promise that in exchange for a vial of spit and a fee, they’ll reveal your heritage and clues to your health. Called direct-to-consumer genetic testing, the industry has grown in popularity- sales are projected to triple in the next five […]

Was That Really Me? A Look Back at Awkward Yearbook Photos | Jeni | Ancestry

– That is, that is awkward. No, no, no, no, no. (upbeat music) So this was what I thought 4th graders wanted to wear. It was a shirt that was sewn into the jacket, (chuckles) so you put the whole thing on. And I ended up looking like a secretary from Little House on the […]

You Should Be Worried About Your DNA Privacy

DNA tests like 23andMe and AncestryDNA are becoming more and more popular. This raises privacy concerns — and not just for those taking the tests. Soon the concept of privacy, as we know it, will come to an end. Back in April, police arrested a man as the Golden State Killer, an infamous alleged serial […]

DNA Tests Revealed!

we and others have turned this into a very automated process where you can put in saliva get out DNA Joe Pickrell is a geneticist and CEO at Gencove a company that makes genomic data accessible and interpretable. Most of the the tests that you’re familiar with and that we’ve used are based around a […]

AncestryDNA | Create and Activate an Account | Ancestry

Once you get your AncestryDNA kit, there are important things you need to do to get started. First, you’ll need to set up an Ancestry account online, if you don’t already have one. It just takes an email address and a password, which will be securely encrypted in our system. Next, you’ll need to activate […]

AncestryDNA | Requests from Law Enforcement | Ancestry

At Ancestry, privacy is always our top priority – and that extends to how we handle requests from law enforcement and government agencies. To safeguard our customers’ privacy from government intrusion, we follow these guidelines: First, Ancestry does not voluntarily cooperate with law enforcement. Our services are intended to help our customers on their journeys […]

20 Years of Questions Leads to Paternity Test (Full Episode) | Paternity Court

You may be seated. Good morning, Your Honor. Good morning. This is the case of Baylor v. Childs.Thank you, Jerome. Good day, everyone. AUDIENCE: Good day. Ms. Allen, you say that after a brief affair with Mr. Childs you discovered you were pregnant with your daughter Ms. Baylor. You say Mr. Childs acknowledged paternity until […]

Death, Heritage, and Poland [Kult America]

Last September I received a phone call informing me that my estranged father had died alone in his home at the age of 57. Naturally I was shocked by this news and 4 hours later I bordered a direct flight to Chicago to confront a highly difficult emotional time. One of the worst moments for […]

Finding out your ancestry? Here’s what happens to your DNA sample.

Getting an estimate of your ancestry is as easy as going to the post office. Here’s how it works. You can go online and order a DNA kit (or use that one you got as a gift). Once it arrives open the box and activate your kit online. Simple instructions on the box will guide […]