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Fee and Free Genealogy during COVID-19

COVID-19 got you down? Me too! We're quarantined at home but with internet access there is plenty to do in the Genealogy World. Here are some fee and free ideas & offerings:


Have a Library Card? Your library building may be closed, but it's open online. Check your local library online and see what digital resources they offer. During Covid-19, Ancestry has made its Library edition available remotely in some locations (this is usually only available onsite at the library). This means you may be able to login to your library's portal, with your library card, and have FREE at home for the next few weeks. Also, see what other databases your Library pays for. Here are some that might be of interest.Watch a free Family History webinar online. Here's a list of free classes offered by FamilySearch this month. Also register for a free webinar at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Some of their past webinars are free to view, and others require membership …
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How to Use AncestryDNA Matches

Here are some ideas for how to use AncestryDNA matches. 


The short version: Connect your DNA to a public or private & searchable tree at Ancestry Use ThruLines to identify common ancestors  Create Groups (color coded) and add matches to their proper family group (ThruLines and Shared Matches help you do this) Use Shared Matches to sort matches into family groups Encourage parents & older relatives to test



Connect your DNA to a public or private & searchable tree at Ancestry 


GET A TREE* on Ancestry and link your DNA to your public or private & searchable tree. Even if it's only a tiny tree with two or three people. You will only get ThruLines results if you have your DNA linked to a public tree at Ancestry or a private & searchable tree. I have two accounts at Ancestry, each linked to a DNA test. One account has a tree with only four people: me, my father, and his p…

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How to Count DNA Matches at Ancestry

DNA test sites display your DNA match count in different places, and at Ancestry, the match count is a bit hidden. Once you know where to look, and know why it might not be displaying, it's easy to remember.


How to find your AncestryDNA Match Count using a desktop computer:


Step 1 - Go to and Login to your account



Step 2 - On the Ancestry homepage, Select DNA from the top menu bar, then Select DNA Matches from the dropdown menu



Step 3 - Make sure your window is expanded large enough to display all relevant information. In the image below, the window is too small to show to Ancestry's Filters. Right click the corner of the window and drag it away to enlarge the window.

In the image below, the screen has been enlarged and you can see the Filter by menu options.



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