Ancestry, the largest seller of at-home DNA tests for health and genealogy reports, is laying off about 100 people, approximately 6% of its total workforce. The cuts hit employees across the board, rather than focusing on a specific department, and included workers at all levels. The layoffs affected both its Utah and California offices.
Ancestry confirmed the layoffs and shared a copy of a blog post written by CEO and President Margo Georgiadis that will publish on Wednesday.
We just discussed 23andMe laying of 100 employees (14%) of it’s employees at our DNA discussion group today. Then this appears in my news feed. It is like “catching”, I guess.
23andMe, 100 = 14% of 714 employees, leaving 614.
Ancestry, 100 = 6% of 1,666 employees, leaving 1,566.
Who is next?
“Genealogist’s motto: they can hide, but they can’t run.”
from the Ancestry.com blog:
Hosted by Daisy Fuentes, “A New Leaf” Highlights the Value of Understanding One’s Family History. Set your DVRs and mark your calendars — we have a new television show debuting on NBC. We heard your feedback: You love “Who Do You Think You Are?” – but also want to see everyday people embark on journeys of personal discovery too. So, we bring you – “A New Leaf”!
Ancestry DNA for someone else, like child, parent, etc. who doesn’t want to be bothered with an account:
- You can create an e-mail account in their name, although you will control it. Any of the free email providers will do.
- You do not need to purchase Ancestry subscriptions for them, particularly if you already have one for yourself. When you activate the DNA kit, that will create an Ancestry account, but without a subscription. You can then – acting as the third party – grant yourself permission to manage their account.
AncestryDNA has 7 different groups for predicted relationships:
- Immediate Family (full siblings)
- Close Family (half siblings, grandparent/grandchild, aunt/uncle/niece/nephew)
- 1st cousin
- 2nd cousin
- 3rd cousin
- 4th cousin
- Distant Cousin.
Here are some helpful sites explaining some of this DNA stuff. Not in any special order.
Understanding Your AncestryDNA Matches – LegacyTree
Understanding Your Relationship to DNA Matches After Autosomal Testing– Colleen in YouTube (a college assignment!)
First Steps When Your DNA Results are Ready – DNAeXplained
ThruLines Tidbits by Jim Bartlett at Segment-ology
We only have 4 more days to preserve their contents.
Roberta Estes of the wonderful DNAeXplained blog has reminded us that DNA Circles are soon going to be a thing of the past.
This is reminder that Ancestry is permanently removing DNA Circles from customer accounts on July 1st. If you have not recorded the information held in your Circles and New Ancestor Discoveries, if you had any, do that NOW.
Circles provide you with information about people who match you that share a common ancestor, but they ALSO show you who else has tested and matches the people you match, but not you. That’s valuable information for numerous reasons. It verifies multiple children of that ancestor genetically and provides you with a genetic network to validate the ancestral connection for all of those people..
See her full posting here: DNAeXplained
” The hard part of standing on an exponential curve is: when you look backwards, it looks flat, and when you look forward, it looks vertical. And it’s very hard to calibrate how much you are moving because it always looks the same.” – Sam Altman
The other day I tried to share my tree in Ancestry.com with another Ancestry member. I used the Ancestry user name during the Share steps and it did not work. I have shared my tree successfully in the past and so was confused about what was wrong. I sent a note to Customer Services and received a reply within a couple of hours. I decided to share the answer here in case this has stumped others in the past..
Ancestry has both usernames and display names. Some people choose to show their display name in place of a username which appears to be the case here.
In order to share your tree, you’ll need either the username or email address which she can find when she click’s her display name in upper left corner while she’s signed in and share either of those with you so that you can send the invitation.
” Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffet
Follow-up to our DNA SIG meeting yesterday:
We discussed the Cookie problem when using ThruLines in AncestryDNA. It has been posted in the web that clearing cookies before going into Ancestry will solve the disappearing Thrulines problem. But many people do not know how to clear their cookies! We know AncestryDNA is working on the issue, but they can’t rush a fix since this is their bread-n-butter system.
Suggestions have been made as a workaround that should help those who don’t know how to clear their cookies. In Chrome simply open an Incognito window by clicking on the 3 dots in upper right corner and then click the menu item before going into Ancestry. In Firefox, open a Private window via similar right click menu. This should work in all OS types, Windows, Apple, Linux.
See Kitty Cooper’s blog for more information about ThruLines in general and the note about the work around.
“The infantry is always ahead of headquarters.” – James Barksdale