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  • Greg Louganis: How I Found My Birth Mother
    Dec 8, 2017 - People
    When Greg Louganis, 57, first submitted his DNA to ancestry.com in late 2016—and confirmed the identity of his birth father, Fouvale Lutu — the Olympic diver never thought he’d find his birth mother as well.

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  • Holiday Gift Guide
    Dec 7, 2017 - The New York Times
    The New York Times and Wirecutter bring you this indispensable guide to the best gifts of the holiday season. Browse by interest or price; we promise you’ll find something nice. 

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  • The Ultimate Tech Gift Guide for the 2017 Holiday Season
    Dec 6, 2017 - The Huffington Post
    This holiday season offers smarter wearables, gadgets to stabilize your iPhone and GoPro videos, inventive ways to categorize your wine collection and amazing options to chart your ancestry so you can connect to your long-lost cousins. Happy Holidays!

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  • 'Coco' filmmakers discover family history in latest Ancestry spot
    Dec 4, 2017 - Campaign US
    In a spot by Omnicom’s Content Collective, Ancestry’s lead genealogist Jenn Utley reveals the results of personal DNA tests to Coco filmmakers Adrian Molina, Darla Anderson and Lee Unkrich, mirroring the journey of the "Coco" film’s main character.

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  • Build your own drone: DIY gifts that are great for creative minds
    Dec 2, 2017 - USA Today
    Art made of snapshots and genealogy kits make these gifts highly personal, says columnist Marc Saltzman.

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  • How well do home DNA kits really work? See identical triplets try 3 of them
    Dec 1, 2017 - TODAY
    Though the three sisters have three different last names, their DNA is identical, which means the results from their tests should be identical too.

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  • Ancestry's Genetic Testing Kits Are Heading For Your Stocking This Year
    Dec 1, 2017 - Wired
    This holiday season, more people than ever before are giving the gift of spit. Well, what’s in your spit, to be precise. 

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  • 30 Gifts Even Super-Picky People Will Love
    Nov 30, 2017 - BuzzFeed
    An ancestry kit to help them discover their roots. The kit allows them to take an at-home DNA sample and send it to Ancestry.com for analysis.

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  • Here are the top places to work by region
    Nov 30, 2017 - USA Today
    Here are the best companies in 2017 by region, in alphabetical order, according to Comparably.com.

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  • Is Ancestry.com Worth It? Cyber Monday Shoppers Think So
    Nov 29, 2017 - The Huffington Post
    Among the day’s top-selling products was the Ancestry.com DNA kit, which sold 700 percent more in one day than in the entire holiday period last year. Yep, you read that right ― 700 percent. 

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  • Always remember: You’re a Madison’
    Nov 14, 2017 - The Washington Post
    Oral history said she was descended from a president and an enslaved woman. But what would her DNA say?

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  • Adopted woman whose birth family thought she had died finally meets them at 66 years old
    Nov 13, 2017 - ABC News
    It wasn't until three months ago that Kewer, 66, who was raised as an only child, would discover that she's actually one of five siblings. Her mother, the late Leona Holmes Duff Goode Lambert, had four other children, whom Kewer met for the first time in November. 

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  • Glennon Doyle And Abby Wambach On Why The Best Storytelling Happens When You Embrace The Past
    Nov 12, 2017 - Bustle
    During this year’s Together Live tour, Doyle and Wambach joined forces with AncestryDNA, exploring how their families’ pasts inform their own family’s future. Together Live also partnered with Ancestry to encourage audiences to discover their own pasts and inspire their futures. 

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  • Pixar promotes finding your roots through Ancestry in video for new Coco film
    Nov 8, 2017 - The Drum
    Disney and Pixar have been digging into a sense of belonging to one’s roots lately, with movies like Brave, Moana and most recently the new Pixar film Coco. With a new cross-promotional campaign with Ancestry, the studio has taken that search for roots to a new level.

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  • Travelers take trips to explore their genealogy
    Nov 3, 2017 - USA Today
    Manuel Maqueo grew up in Mexico and his parents said they had relatives in Italy, Portugal and Africa. But the details were scant. Then Maqueo saw a YouTube video offering to send contest winners throughout the world to learn about their ancestry. He applied and won AncestryDNA.

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  • Ancestry answered the DNA questions 23andMe couldn’t
    Oct 22, 2017 - TechCrunch
    A really awesome thing about being black is that ancestry can be very unclear because of, you know, slavery. Enter DNA kits.

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  • I did all of my holiday shopping at once by buying this item for my whole family — and it's on sale right now
    Oct 20, 2017 - Business Insider
    Gift giving can be stressful if you have that family member (or several) who either has everything, or doesn't have any hobbies.  But this year I was able to solve all those problems at once and finish my holiday shopping before Thanksgiving by going with AncestryDNA.

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  • The NEW Full English breakfast: Scientists create a fry-up to match the DNA of the average Brit – and baked beans and bacon have been ditched for French cassoulet and Iberico pork
    Sep 29, 2017 - Daily Mail
    With one billion 'full Englishes' eaten each year in the UK, the breakfast is a much-loved national staple. But new research into English ancestry has revealed we're a lot less British than you think - meaning a 'true' fry up should look very different. 

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  • From Poland to Lithuania: A Writer's Search for Her Jewish Past
    Sep 18, 2017 - The New York Times
    From the Jewish districts of historic cities to small out-of-the-way towns once known as shtetls, the author finds remnants of the past at every turn. 

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  • 100 Years of Ads: Best Use of Historical Figures or Events
    Sep 11, 2017 - Campaign US
    To celebrate the 4A's 100th anniversary, Campaign US compiled the top 10 spots that tap into the past.

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  • Central Islip woman, 71, meets 4 sisters she didn’t know she had
    Sep 1, 2017 - Newsday
    Karen Gaulrapp showed up at fatfish Wine Bar and Bistro in Bay Shore to meet the four sisters she never knew she had. “I’m not anxious,” said Gaulrapp, 71, of Central Islip, moments before the meeting. “I’m meeting four strangers.” Moments later, she saw their faces.

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  • The Best DNA Ancestry Test
    Aug 30, 2017 - Wirecutter
    After more than 80 hours of research and reporting, the Wirecutter thinks AncestryDNA is the best DNA testing service for most people who are curious about their ethnic roots or are searching for contemporary relatives. 

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  • Falcons pass-rusher Vic Beasley willing to show off all-around game
    Aug 23, 2017 - ESPN
    ESPN reports on pass-rusher Vic Beasley’s willingness to show off all-around game. The article quotes Falcons coach Dan Quinn saying, “…I sometimes tease him, I say he’s like Ancestry.com. He’s at 1/16 Sam linebacker some days.”

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  • 'I'm over-the-moon happy': Long-lost sisters meet after decades apart
    Aug 16, 2017 - CTV News
    Helen Zolna-Abrams waits impatiently at the arrivals section of Montreal’s Trudeau Airport on Tuesday afternoon. She’s wringing her hands and holding a box of tissues.

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  • Brothers Reunite After 30 Years with Their Biological Mother Who They Believed Was Dead
    Aug 14, 2017 - People
    After a decades-long search, two Texas brothers were reunited with their biological mother — something they once thought impossible because they belived she was dead.

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  • The English village where an astonishing 61% of residents are RELATED - proved by DNA tests
    Aug 11, 2017 - Mirror
    Of the 120 people tested in Bledington, Glocs, well over half were found to be genetically linked.

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  • Hurst man finds biological mother after 47 years
    Aug 1, 2017 - The CW
    Registered nurse Anthony Wiggs was only six months-old when he was adopted. That good life led to a good career and family of his own, but Anthony always wanted to know more about his biological family.

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  • Founding Fathers' descendants unite 241 years later to re-create iconic painting
    Jul 4, 2017 - CBS Evening News
    It's hard to believe that a bold declaration by a brand new nation would have even more relevance nearly two and a half centuries later.

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  • Powerful New Ad Features Multiethnic Descendants Of America’s Founding Fathers
    Jun 30, 2017 - The Huffington Post
    The founding fathers may have all been white men in wigs, but their descendants certainly aren’t.

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  • Her AncestryDNA test had a powerful impact on her, so she asked others to take one, too.
    Jun 30, 2017 - Upworthy
    Chavez is a self-taught videographer who works at Latina magazine in New York. Growing up in New York, she didn't really have an opportunity to be around other Peruvian people. Her friends dismissed her background, assuming it was the same as any other Latino culture.

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  • This artist created a beautiful and moving photography series, inspired by the results of this AncestryDNA test.
    Jun 30, 2017 - Upworthy
    Upworthy features an artist who created a beautiful and moving photography series, inspired by the results of his AncestryDNA Test.  

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  • How Ancestry's Amazing Utah Office is Both Inspiring and Sentimental
    Jun 26, 2017 - Inc.
    Ancestry's 200,000-square-foot Utah headquarters, designed by Rapt Studio, is a sight to behold, but it's the employees' stories that really make it come alive.

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  • A Father’s Day story that touches all the bases
    Jun 15, 2017 - USA Today
    Adopted son Bruce Beyer never sought the identity of his birth parents until recent years - and then learned his father was a World Series Champion.

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  • Ancestry.com’s $100 Million Agency Search Leads to Droga5
    Jun 5, 2017 - AdWeek
    Popular family history and consumer genomics tool Ancestry.com has selected Droga5 New York as its lead creative agency after a review, as the brand seeks to stay ahead of competitors.

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  • Daughter meets mom 2 days after learning she was adopted 52 years ago
    May 10, 2017 - ABC News
    Using Ancestry, a birth mother and her daughter were reunited for the first time since being separated 52 years ago.

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  • Jessica Biel visits Chicago to study her ancestry on TLC series
    Mar 27, 2017 - Chicago Tribune
    In an episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" actress Jessica Biel gets her AncestryDNA results at the Palmer House Hilton. 

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  • How a Mississippi woman finally found and met her long-lost biological father for the first time in 32 years
    Mar 15, 2017 - ABC News
    Using AncestryDNA, investigative genealogist Pam Slaton helped a Mississippi woman finally find and meet her biological father for the first time.

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  • Kiss Me, I'm Pretty Sure I'm Irish
    Mar 11, 2017 - The New York Times
    Many people have a strong identity formed around their heritage and after seeing an AncestryDNA commercial this New York Times reporter questions her own heritage.

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  • Courteney Cox Learns Her Ancestors Were Kings and Kingslayers
    Mar 6, 2017 - Yahoo!
    With a little help from the good folks at Ancestry.com, Cox learned that her 18-times great-grandfather was an English baron by the name of Thomas de Berkeley. In 1327, Berkeley imprisoned King Edward II at the behest of Queen Isabella.

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  • What Can You Do With the World's Largest Family Tree?
    Feb 17, 2017 - The Atlantic
    When family trees includes millions of people, then we’re beyond the realm of individual stories. When genealogies get so big, they’re not just the story of a family anymore; they contain the stories of whole countries and, at the risk of sounding grandiose, even all of humanity.
     

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  • Clustering of 770,000 genomes reveals post-colonial population structure of North America
    Feb 7, 2017 - Nature Communications
    Ancestry publishes a paper in prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications. The paper uncovers subtle patterns of migration and settlement in the postcolonial United States. 

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  • 770,000 Tubes of Spit Help Map America’s Great Migrations
    Feb 7, 2017 - WIRED
    America is not the great melting pot that poets like Ralph Waldo Emerson once extolled. At least, that’s not the story that DNA tells, according to the genealogy company Ancestry. 

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Sterling K. Brown, Ryan Michelle Bathe Are the Ultimate Relationship Goals With 'Amazing' Love Story
    Jan 29, 2017 - Entertainment Tonight
    Actors Sterling K. Brown and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe discuss their romance at the SAG Awards. The celebrities thank Ancestry for the DNA tests that taught them about their history. 

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  • Ancestry.com DNA Database Tops 3M, Sales Rise To $850M Ahead Of Likely 2017 IPO
    Jan 10, 2017 - Forbes
    During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, bargain-hunting Americans went online to stock up on millions of Xboxes and televisions, Barbies and Lego sets, iPhones and countless other holiday goodies. They also bought a record-setting 560,000 DNA kits from Ancestry.com.

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch has a family connection to Sherlock Holmes
    Jan 3, 2017 - Mashable
     Benedict Cumberbatch might be everyone's favourite on-screen Sherlock, but he also has another connection to the world-famous detective. Research conducted by Ancestry.com revealed that Cumberbatch is directly related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes.

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