We surveyed 1461 Australians and discovered many are museum regulars — but it's family history that has broad appeal.
Privacy concerns that emerged since law enforcement started mining the databases have put such a serious dent in the business that both Ancestry.com and 23andMe have reduced employees significantly.
Recently in Canada and the United States, a small, but vocal minority of white French-descendants have used an ancestor born between 300 and 400 years ago to claim an "Indigenous" identity.
New research investigated who uses the wide array of tools available to people who've received their own raw genetic data and want to maximize what they learn from it.
Before you attribute a trait to a famous ancestor like George Washington or Marie Antoinette, you might want to see how much DNA you actually share with these people. It's not what you thought.
DNA testing is helping reveal people's unknown royal ancestry.
Police have powerful new genetic tools. How are we going to regulate their use? A Genetic Data Protection Act is one solution to ensure confidence in the way DNA is accessed and used.
The chances of your genetic data being recorded by the state depend on who you are.
DNA evidence tracks the ancient history of the Jewish people.
The results of genetic ancestry tests are grossly over-simplified. A new study shows the tests reinforce what you want to believe rather than offering objective, scientific proof of who you are.
Car parks seem to be intersecting with English history quite a bit lately.
More people are sending off saliva samples to find out about their genetic roots. But the raw DNA results go way beyond genealogical data – and could deliver unintended consequences.
Ancestry and identity are not the same thing. A scientist tells the story of what happened when he sent his DNA to an ancestry company.
We're at the point in DNA technology where individuals who – having parted with $99 and a small vial of saliva – may suddenly find themselves in a criminal investigation.
A public genealogy data base was used to track down the so-called "Golden State Killer," raising concerns about the privacy of using public sites to fill out our family trees.
The current craze to search for our ancestry is complicated and paradoxical. We want to know we are connected -- yet we crave to be unique. Moral white panic is also involved and so is big business.
New census data sheds light on the country's Indigenous population. In Eastern Canada, the rise in people claiming to be “Métis” is a controversial case of "settler self-indigenization."
Was Ned Kelly a Robin Hood warrior or a lone wolf/dangerous criminal/whacko? Given enough cultural oxygen, outlaws are apt to become folk heroes - something today's shock jocks might care to remember.