AncestryDNA: An Easy Glimpse into Your Past


This post is in partnership with AncestryDNA and Ancestry.ca. All thoughts are 100% our own.

Maya Angelou once said, “You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.” These holidays, give the gift of history with either an AncestryDNA kit or a subscription to Ancestry.ca (or both).

AncestryDNA for the Holidays

I’ve personally always been curious about my roots. As a child of divorce and also an immigrant to Canada, I find it super hard to connect with my beginnings or unearth any information about my life prior to Canada.

Our holidays visits with family may be in limbo this year but I think I have found a way for my kids and I to still feel that connection to our loved ones with AncestryDNA and Ancestry’s family history subscription Ancestry.ca.

AncestryDNA ($129 but currently on sale for $89)

Honestly, I think a consumer DNA kit like AncestryDNA is the perfect gift for everyone on your list. There, I said it. Currently sitting at $40 off I think there is no better gift than self-discovery. The test uncovers your ethnic mix, lost family members and even lets you see your family’s unique history. To date, more than 18 million people have used the service and the database keeps growing as the years pass.

AncestryDNA is available at www.ancestry.ca.

Ancestry.ca Subscription (starting at $14.99 per month)

What I love about the Ancestry.ca subscription as a gift your family and friends is that it can be used in conjunction with your DNA kit or as a standalone. You can easily search through historical worldwide records and build online family trees. It’s a great place to keep information and I love how it allows you can easily find how your ancestors lived, when they arrived in Canada, and even if they served in the military.

Ancestry gift subscriptions are available to purchase at www.ancestry.ca.


I am personally still in the waiting portion of my journey but once I get my results and get my tree filled out I will update this post with my experience.


Ancestry has graciously offered one Home With Aneta reader the opportunity to win an AncestryDNA kit with an Ancestry.ca subscription as well. This contest is only open to Canadian residents and ends December 14, 2020. Good Luck!

AncestryDNA kit with an Ancestry.ca subscription


This post is in partnership with AncestryDNA and Ancestry.ca. All thoughts are 100% our own.

Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. Patsy
    November 30, 2020 / 4:48 pm

    I’d give it to my son,he’s very interested in family history :)Great review,thanks!

  2. Kate R
    November 30, 2020 / 5:15 pm

    I would totally give this to my Mum, who’d be SO intrigued to learn of her lineage!

  3. November 30, 2020 / 5:18 pm

    Where it says “comment on this blog post” it doesn’t reveal that there is a subject required until after you click on it. Please disregard my previous post. I can’t delete it. I’ve give the kit to my neighbour since I already did mine.

  4. November 30, 2020 / 5:19 pm

    Ok 🙂

  5. Caroline
    November 30, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    I’d give it to a close friend. I know she would love it.

  6. Emily B
    November 30, 2020 / 5:24 pm

    I’d use it for myself! I’ve always been curious about these!

  7. Janet M
    November 30, 2020 / 5:38 pm

    I can’t decide. I would love it for myself but I also know a family member who would enjoy it.

  8. joanne darrell
    November 30, 2020 / 5:47 pm

    I would use the kit myself.

  9. Melissa
    November 30, 2020 / 5:48 pm

    I would use it for me! I’m curious about my ancestry and think it would be neat to find out information through DNA.

  10. Lori W...
    November 30, 2020 / 5:58 pm

    id gift it to one of my kids so we can find out more about their paternal side. I have already taken the test

  11. AJ Gibbs
    November 30, 2020 / 6:09 pm

    Would give it to my Mum.

  12. Mike Flaman
    November 30, 2020 / 6:20 pm

    I’d use it for myself to find out more about me and my dad’s side. Got mom one for christmas one year, now it’s my turn! Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Rosi
    November 30, 2020 / 6:43 pm

    I will give it to my son

  14. Sandra McG
    November 30, 2020 / 7:46 pm

    I think that i would gift this. i have a friend that is an only child and her father who came over from Scotland died when she was very young and he also was an only child so i think it would be nice for her to discover some long lost family ….im sure they are out there somewhere….

  15. Brandon
    November 30, 2020 / 8:04 pm

    Not gonna lie I am definitely using it for myself!

  16. Catherine Cole
    November 30, 2020 / 8:55 pm

    Would love to find out more about my family history

  17. Stephanie LaPlante
    November 30, 2020 / 8:59 pm

    I would like to gift this to my mom. She was adopted from Poland, so this would be truly interesting for her. She mentioned that once before.

  18. Martin Albert
    November 30, 2020 / 9:17 pm

    I always wanted to know more about my own past family.

  19. November 30, 2020 / 9:23 pm

    I would gift it to a family member.

  20. Piero G.
    November 30, 2020 / 10:10 pm

    I once was told that I had family members, from my dad’s side of the family, living in the States & Europe. I would use the Kit for myself in hopes of maybe connecting with one or two of them. I really believe that one’s history is important to know, & knowing your Ancestry just may clear-up a lot of unanswered questions lingering in the back of your mind.

  21. Sharon Dougall
    November 30, 2020 / 11:14 pm

    I would like to use this for myself. My daughter did 1 last year and had a few surprises we are wondering where some of the ancestry comes from me or her father. Be fun to find our!

  22. Kimberley C
    November 30, 2020 / 11:24 pm

    I’d give this to my boyfriend who is really into his ancestry!

  23. Carole
    December 1, 2020 / 12:10 am

    I would keep it for myself, always wanted to do this. So much I would like to know!

  24. Nianke
    December 1, 2020 / 12:16 am

    I would love to gift it to a cousin of mine.

  25. Tracy D
    December 1, 2020 / 6:39 am

    I’d give this to my mom, she loves family history. Thank you!

  26. Rachel C.
    December 1, 2020 / 7:15 am

    I would keep this for myself — I’m really curious about my ancestry and have many unanswered questions. Thanks for the chance!

  27. Alex S.
    December 1, 2020 / 8:11 am

    I would use it myself.

  28. Ken Balaz
    December 1, 2020 / 8:19 am

    I would give it too my wife. We traced her family back as far as we could and found multiple countries involved in the search. Has family from all over, would be very interesting to see what her DNA results would say.

  29. Rebecca F
    December 1, 2020 / 8:29 am

    I would use this kit myself. I know my ancestors came from Ireland, but would like to be able to trace it back even further.

  30. Donna S
    December 1, 2020 / 8:48 am

    I am curious about my ancestry so I’d use the kit myself.

  31. Kim P
    December 1, 2020 / 8:59 am

    I would gift this to my dad, he’s very interested in learning about his ancestry.

  32. DebP
    December 1, 2020 / 9:09 am

    I think I would gift this to my adult son.

  33. Sereena
    December 1, 2020 / 9:44 am

    I’d give it to my parents! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  34. Mary Laplante
    December 1, 2020 / 9:48 am

    I would use it as I am adopted and would love to know more about myself.

  35. Cynthia B
    December 1, 2020 / 10:08 am

    I would totally use this for myself!

  36. Emily Mercer
    December 1, 2020 / 10:50 am

    I always used to ask my parents my background as a kid and they always said I’m only Canadian… not true. Would love to find out for real!

  37. Nisha Kennedy
    December 1, 2020 / 10:52 am

    It would be very cool to do AncestryDNA, being adopted would love to have more info on my ethnicity.

  38. Nancy
    December 1, 2020 / 10:52 am

    I would gift it to my dad because he loves these type of things.

  39. Tabby72
    December 1, 2020 / 10:59 am

    I’d use it myself.

  40. Ed
    December 1, 2020 / 11:09 am

    I would use it for myself.

  41. Maureen Anderson
    December 1, 2020 / 11:50 am

    I would give to my husband.

  42. 409cope
    December 1, 2020 / 12:13 pm

    I would gift this to my mother-in-law.

  43. Aaron H
    December 1, 2020 / 12:16 pm

    This would make a very cool personal exploration project!

  44. TERESA D
    December 1, 2020 / 12:55 pm

    I have been curious about my ancestry for a long time, this would be amazing

  45. Travelbuds
    December 1, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    I would definitely use it for myself. I’ve done a lot of tracing of my roots already but would love to be able to get more info.

  46. Helisa Duplassie
    December 1, 2020 / 1:11 pm

    ooooh tough choice because I have ALWAYS wanted to do this. But I’ve heard they can also give you medical genetic info too which would be great for my daughter so I would probably gift it to her.

  47. DavidO
    December 1, 2020 / 1:33 pm

    For my wife. Wonderful!

  48. Erin
    December 1, 2020 / 1:44 pm

    I would love to give this to my partner for Christmas! He would love it! Merry Christmas 🙂

  49. Cathy Balogh
    December 1, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    I would use this for myself.

  50. Jennie
    December 1, 2020 / 1:53 pm

    Would love to find out that lost side of the family.

  51. Jessica G
    December 1, 2020 / 2:06 pm

    I’d gift it to my oldest friend! I’m always telling her we are related now I can have proof!

  52. Lynda Cook
    December 1, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    I think this would be super col to do and would gift it to myself, would be very interesting!

  53. Micheline
    December 1, 2020 / 3:13 pm

    I would use this for myself, would be interesting.

  54. Shirley O
    December 1, 2020 / 4:00 pm

    I would use the kit for myself. I am very interested in genealogy and would like to know a little more about my ancestry.

  55. avm
    December 1, 2020 / 4:12 pm

    i would gift it to my mother

  56. kristine
    December 1, 2020 / 4:26 pm

    I would love to win this!! so much family history to explore!!!!

  57. Shirley
    December 1, 2020 / 4:54 pm

    I would like to have this kit for myself

  58. Catherine Robichaud
    December 1, 2020 / 5:45 pm

    I would use it myself as I’ve always been interested in my background.

  59. Theresa C.
    December 1, 2020 / 5:54 pm

    I’d definitely gift this – our family loves researching all our ancestry!

  60. Rosa Cross
    December 1, 2020 / 6:13 pm

    I would use this kit for myself.

  61. Lisa Rumolo
    December 1, 2020 / 6:16 pm

    I’d like to use this for myself as I have no information on my fathers’ father.

    December 1, 2020 / 6:54 pm

    I would use for myself, I gave my husband one 2 years ago and I find it so interesting.

  63. Jenness M
    December 1, 2020 / 7:13 pm

    I would give this to my Mom who didn’t know her father.

  64. Silvia D
    December 1, 2020 / 7:15 pm

    Since I have already done an Ancestry DNA test, my daughter really wants hers done so would gift to her!

  65. Edith Rennes
    December 1, 2020 / 8:05 pm

    Not really sure but I’d probably use it myself.

  66. lisa bolduc
    December 1, 2020 / 9:15 pm

    i would gift it to my mother in law, she just lost her mom and i think this would help her feel more connected.

  67. December 1, 2020 / 9:22 pm

    Dazzling to behold!

  68. Sandi Tymchuk
    December 1, 2020 / 9:29 pm

    I would give this to myself: potentially complicated if I give it as a gift and the recipient uncovers some family surprises.

  69. Athena
    December 1, 2020 / 9:42 pm

    I would use this for myself

  70. Debbie D
    December 1, 2020 / 10:32 pm

    I would gift this to my sister. She is into ancestry big-time but can’t afford a subscription.

  71. Miguel Serrano
    December 2, 2020 / 3:50 am

    I would use it for myself and find out what I am made of. 🤔🍀🤞

  72. Sandra Dufoe
    December 2, 2020 / 5:21 am

    I would gift it to my husband to get his side of the family information

  73. Tracy Taylor
    December 2, 2020 / 7:32 am

    I am adopted and would love to use this for myself, how interesting!

  74. Melina Charbonneau
    December 2, 2020 / 7:53 am

    Would love to win this for my mother who wants to learn about her background!

  75. hugl
    December 2, 2020 / 10:15 am

    I would use it for myself and share the results with the family

  76. Elizabeth Robinson
    December 2, 2020 / 10:54 am

    I would use it for myself.

  77. Lynda Larsen-Baldry
    December 2, 2020 / 11:10 am

    I would love to win an Ancestry DNA kit

  78. Casey Miller
    December 2, 2020 / 11:46 am

    I’d gift it to my mom 🙂

  79. Kristian Weavers
    December 2, 2020 / 12:02 pm

    I would gift it to my wife. She was adopted and know her birth mom but would be interesting to see her family history from there

  80. Cindy l
    December 2, 2020 / 2:12 pm

    I would. : )

  81. Cindy l
    December 2, 2020 / 2:13 pm

    I would : ) use it.

  82. Heather Howard
    December 2, 2020 / 2:21 pm

    I would use the kit for myself. Been wanting to do it for a long time. My mother has no idea who her father was.

  83. Jessica Wurtz
    December 2, 2020 / 3:29 pm

    I only really know my dads family history… and would love to find out more about my grandma and moms family history!

  84. Amy Y
    December 2, 2020 / 4:48 pm

    I’m curious so I would use the kit myself!

  85. December 2, 2020 / 9:20 pm

    Marvellous to behold!

  86. Robyn Bellefleur
    December 2, 2020 / 9:52 pm

    I would like yo use it for myself.

  87. Delee H
    December 2, 2020 / 11:22 pm

    Wow! How very awesome!! Love Ancestry Canada! I love history and everything about genealogy. I would gift the DNA kit to my husband as his heritage is a bit of a mystery and then share the subscription. Thank-you for the chance. Merry Christmas! 🎄☃️

  88. Julie Barrett
    December 2, 2020 / 11:24 pm

    I think I would use it with my mom to trace her family as we don’t know much about them. Everyone in her family has passed away now except for one cousin. It would be awesome for my sister and I to learn more about our ancestry on our moms side. Thanks for the chance to win!

  89. Gayle B
    December 3, 2020 / 12:28 am

    I think that I would be torn, I’d definitely love to gift this to my husband as he has such an interesting family background, that is well recorded but at the same time, I just know I would want this for myself. I’d love to find more long lost cousins to have attend our next reunion in Cape Breton.

  90. Vicki Hill
    December 3, 2020 / 2:00 am

    I’d give ot to my brother. He has 4 kids who should know their ancestry.

  91. Lori
    December 3, 2020 / 2:18 am

    I would gift to my husband. He was adopted so it would be helpful knowing more and being sure about his genes for health purposes.

  92. Aimee
    December 3, 2020 / 11:02 am

    I would try this myself

  93. December 3, 2020 / 8:41 pm

    Ravishing to behold!

  94. Gillian Morgan
    December 3, 2020 / 8:45 pm

    I would keep it for myself if I won.

  95. Katie M
    December 3, 2020 / 8:56 pm

    I would gift this to my aunt. She spends hours every day surfing the internet researching our family tree.

  96. Bobbi Pentney
    December 3, 2020 / 9:55 pm

    I would give it to my son, he wants to know more about his dads side.

  97. l p
    December 4, 2020 / 3:03 am

    a family member. thanks

  98. lilly kavanagh
    December 4, 2020 / 11:25 am

    I would gift this to myself so I am curious as to what my ancestry is.

  99. Wanda B
    December 4, 2020 / 3:09 pm

    I would probably gift this to my husband.

  100. Mark M
    December 4, 2020 / 5:07 pm

    I would love to be able to gift this to a friend who loves to do research on her family tree as well as family trees for friends as well.

  101. Rich D
    December 4, 2020 / 8:23 pm

    I would give this to my daughter

  102. Debbie Flynn
    December 5, 2020 / 12:14 am

    I would use this for myself. Thank you!

  103. Linda
    December 5, 2020 / 7:05 am

    I would like to gift this to my husband. He’s always been curious about his genetic makeup.

  104. Nadia R
    December 5, 2020 / 2:59 pm

    Great way to know your family lineage

  105. Ali K
    December 5, 2020 / 3:40 pm

    Mine, all mine! :p

  106. Juliee Fitze
    December 6, 2020 / 7:12 am

    I would use the kit myself been wanting to do it for a long time now.

  107. December 6, 2020 / 9:06 pm

    Wonderful to behold!

  108. Ruth Mrs. Dunlop
    December 6, 2020 / 9:33 pm

    Always wanted to do this. Thank you for a great contest

  109. Sarah Robertson
    December 7, 2020 / 12:15 pm

    My husband is adopted, so this would be a gift to him.

  110. mousecat
    December 7, 2020 / 12:49 pm

    I’d keep this kit for myself…!

  111. Caroline Morin
    December 8, 2020 / 12:01 am

    My husband got me one of these kits for my birthday some years ago. I’d love to get him one in return.

  112. penny
    December 8, 2020 / 9:06 am

    I would use it myself, after finding my birth mother and family I would research my birth fathers relatives too

  113. Maddie DeOliveira
    December 8, 2020 / 7:23 pm

    THis is on my daughter’s Christmas list.

  114. Maria
    December 8, 2020 / 10:00 pm

    I would love this for myself, it would be so cool

  115. Alana S.
    December 9, 2020 / 7:19 pm

    I would use this for myself, which would help me connect some family history for my Dad as well.

  116. Leanne Silverthorne
    December 9, 2020 / 11:26 pm

    I would use it for myself

  117. Joan Brown
    December 10, 2020 / 8:06 am

    I would give this kit to my daughter, she’s just beginning to be interested in our family history.

  118. Brian Liljestrand
    December 10, 2020 / 1:40 pm


  119. Janice Lynds
    December 11, 2020 / 3:57 am

    I would gift it as I have already done mine.

  120. Christine Topley
    December 11, 2020 / 4:52 pm

    I would use the kit for myself. I have a paid subscription to Ancestry which will be running out soon. I’ve spent numerous hours trying to track my lineage from Ireland. I’ve hit a brick wall with my 5x great grandfather. Having a DNA test would greatly help in connecting me to potential links to him.

  121. Joyce James
    December 11, 2020 / 8:45 pm

    This would be awesome! Thx for the chance to win!

  122. Lisa H
    December 12, 2020 / 4:47 am

    I would use it for myself as I am just waiting to get my results from 23andme. I’d like to compare them.

  123. Lara M
    December 12, 2020 / 4:42 pm

    I think I’d use the kit myself. Very interested in genealogy and history.

  124. klp
    December 12, 2020 / 8:00 pm

    it will be a gift, I think.

  125. Julie A
    December 13, 2020 / 10:17 am

    I’d keep this!

  126. lei
    December 13, 2020 / 5:48 pm

    it will be for a good friend.

  127. M Blades
    December 13, 2020 / 8:00 pm

    My husband and I were given the Ancestry DNA kits as a Christmas gift. Results were so interesting.

  128. Michelle Matta
    December 13, 2020 / 8:46 pm

    Tough.. but my husband because his mom was dropped on a church doorstep in Uguslavia and we have no idea his ancestry.

  129. Preeti Dhillon
    December 13, 2020 / 9:57 pm

    I would gift the kit to my mother to find out more about her ancestry!

  130. Allison Matz
    December 13, 2020 / 10:07 pm

    I would use it myself.

  131. sonya
    December 14, 2020 / 10:37 am

    i’ve always wanted this but couldn’t afford it. What a great contest!

  132. Cindy Head
    December 14, 2020 / 1:01 pm

    This is so awesome! Can’t wait to read your next blog!!!

  133. Tony T
    December 14, 2020 / 7:11 pm

    Cool prize! I’d definitely use it myself because I’m very curious.

  134. Micheline
    April 30, 2021 / 8:19 am

    This is a great gift to give someone, to know your heritage is priceless. You might even uncover some family secrets.