Ancestry.com announced the launch of AncestryDNA, a new DNA test the company bills as an affordable way to combine DNA science with Ancestry.com’s family history resources and a global database of DNA samples.
The analysis cross-references your DNA information with test results from people around the globe (drawn from the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation‘s database) to help you learn more about your ethnic background and find distant cousins. When there’s a genetic match in Ancestry.com’s DNA database, your tree will automatically be compared to that person’s.
The new service comes after a year of planning and beta testing, says Ancestry.com president and CEO Tim Sullivan. We think AncestryDNA has created a unique and engaging experience that will provide existing Ancestry.com subscribers with an entirely new way to make amazing discoveries about their family history.”
AncestryDNA is currently available by invitation only to Ancestry.com subscribers for $99. The service should become available to the public later this year.
You can sign up to be notified once that happens at AncestryDNA.com.