AncestryDNA | How to Invite Others to Test and How it Helps You | Ancestry

AncestryDNA | How to Invite Others to Test and How it Helps You | Ancestry

More than 6 million people have taken the AncestryDNA test. But, sometimes that one person you need to test just hasn’t done so yet.
Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how it benefits you to get some of those 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cousins to test. She’ll also share some of her best tips for how to invite cousins you might not know well to take a test and share their results to help benefit your family history research.

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AncestryDNA | How to Invite Others to Test and How it Helps You | Ancestry



  1. How many relatives should I test? My mom has several siblings. Testing a few pick up extra matches, but is testing 5 or 6 beneficial? Is there a study showing whether testing more than 2 or 3 siblings actually gets you anywhere? Has anyone tested 5-10 siblings and gotten different matches for each person?

  2. Crista, one of your tips is to buy a lot of test kits and then resell them to interested cousins. Our new terms tell us that we can not resell the test kits. Is there a special provision for you as an Ancestry employee that enables you to be able to do this? What can we, as users, do to stay in compliance with the terms and conditions and still use the tip? Is your suggestion a free pass to ignore the new terms in this regard?

  3. I want to ask my mom’s two sisters to get tested. I know it’s ultimately their decision to agree to be tested. Can you give some suggestions that I can work with as they share my request with their kids, my first cousins other than seeing if my cousins want to get tested. My mom has been gone for 17 years and her parents are also gone. These aunts are on their 80’s so I want to be sensitive to their concerns and those of my cousins.

  4. The new requirement to have the person whose DNA it is have their own Ancestry account is very cumbersome. I have a lot of relatives who are willing to provide DNA for me but don't want to track anything regarding Ancestry or DNA; they simply are willing to help. I fully understand ownership of DNA and the legalities but wouldn't it be enough for me to simply check a box that I have full concurrence of the owner to use the DNA? What would stop me from simply creating a dummy free Ancestry adds to Ancestry's overhead in maintaining accounts.

  5. Three days ago I tested my fiancé (who is from North India). I had the DNA test kit for just over 1 year, until I decided to have my fiancé take it. I noticed some things had changed. I had tested myself, my maternal half-brother, my late mothers identical twin sister, and my mother's paternal uncle, and all of these tests were activated on my Ancestry account. When I went to activate my fiancé's test though, Ancestry told me I could not, because he is over the age of 18, so had to make his own account. I had already started making his family tree though, and he did not want to make an account, so I had to list him as "my child" and say that his birth year was "2010" and not "1996." Why has Ancestry done this? I was able to activate my maternal brother, aunt and great-uncle's tests before, without any trouble, on my Ancestry account, but now that I go to activate my fiancé's test I see that things have changed.

  6. I bought a lot of DNA kits too, and it's been essential to my research. I've managed to find supporting evidence on all of branches, though some go back farther than others. I've even set up my online tree so that for every ancestor that I have supporting DNA evidence, I have color-coded icons that I use for their profile photo (unless I have a photo of the actual person, which takes precedence). I have verified shared ancestors going back to the 5th grand grandparent level and beyond. I currently have 59 DNA Circles as well. But all the additional DNA kits I bought were crucial for me to make all those connections and verify all of the research I've compiled. I think it's an essential tool for anyone who is serious about genealogy.

  7. What can I do if I want a family member tested but they do not have the internet or an email address?

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