There’s no better time than the holidays for connecting with our family and celebrating who we are and where we came from. Whether it’s fun annual games or that recipe that’s been handed down through the generations, much of the magic of this time of year comes from the joy of observing family traditions.
That’s why when it comes to choosing a holiday gift for loved ones, there’s nothing that will bring your family closer together than the chance to delve deeper into your heritage with an AncestryDNA kit. Ancestry is the leader in family history, providing rich insights into your family’s origins.
But how exactly do family genomics work? It’s based on cutting-edge science, and it all starts with a saliva sample using the AncestryDNA kit.
Ancestry looks for how much DNA you share with others in its growing consumer DNA network of more than 20 million people from around the globe. Think you have Italian roots? Ancestry provides an ethnicity estimate to let you know what percentage Italian you are—or aren’t—as well as to show you how your ancestors migrated over the course of history, pinpointing an approximate region you are from.
To make the results as accurate and inclusive as possible, and help a greater pool of people connect with their roots, Ancestry is continually growing its network and adding new communities from across the world—recent communities added to provide more granular insights include Levant and Arabian Peninsula regions of West Asia, Bengal, Panama, Ecuador and Chile.
This season, for the first time, AncestryDNA Traits will be available as an additional product feature to new Canadian customers. There are up to 36 traits and attributes to discover that are influenced by your DNA that run in your family allowing you to explore personal traits that have been handed down through your genes- everything from the shape of your earlobes or length of your fingers.
But your family’s story is about more than just DNA, it’s about the incredible stories of family member’s lives that came before you. An Ancestry family history subscription provides access to historical records to help you discover and build your family tree. With more than 30 billion digitized records in its unmatched collection including census, military, immigration, marriage, birth and death records, and two million new records added every day, what you learn about your family’s past can keep growing richer—the rare gift that really does keep on giving long after the holidays are over.
Through such documents, you can uncover the stories of your ancestors’ lives—when they were born, where they lived, when and where they arrived in Canada, and who they loved. Find real moments in history that your family members were a part of. All of this helps to build a fuller picture of who your ancestors were and how you got to where you are today.
While your family tree has been growing for generations, providing these meaningful insights doesn’t take eons of planning. It can start by simply ordering an AncestryDNA kit for yourself or a loved one. Six to eight weeks after submitting a saliva sample, you can start on a journey of discovery for the entire family that will enrich holidays and gatherings for years to come. Or, in a few simple steps through an Ancestry family history subscription, you can start building your family tree together online.
To learn more or to order the perfect, last-minute, family-bonding gift, visit ancestry.ca.