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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 https://www.ancestry.com 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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Free Family Tree Art

Go to FamilySearch and create some free family tree art and then download the file and print on your own.

 

Choose any of these four options...or make one of each!

 

 

 

FamilySearch always has this Family Tree Keepsake available, but you need to know the link and right now they've spotlighted the keepsake on the front page of their website.

 

 

 

A few tips: Arrow through the trees to select your favorite styleOpt out of the background color if you prefer a white backgroundIf you only want immediate family, only select Include Spouse and Include Children Use Add Family Members to build your tree if necessaryUse the Refresh button to cycle through repeated options for names and how they're displayed on any treeSelect Download for any creation you might like--you don't have the ability to go back and see it again

 

Family Tree Keepsakes are a great gift and …
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