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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NEW! MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry Test

MyHeritage has announced their newest product, the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry Test. MyHeritage will now offer two separate DNA tests: MyHeritage DNA Ancestry-Only testMyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test


The Health+Ancestry test will be a cheek swab test, similar to the Ancestry-Only test. Customers who have already purchased a MyHeritage DNA test for genealogy (now called the MyHeritage DNA Ancestry-Only test) can pay $120 to upgrade their test results to include the health results. They'll need to complete a questionnaire about their personal and family health history but they will not need to submit a new swab or DNA kit.


MyHeritage will also offer a Health Subscription plan for $99/year that can be canceled at any time. The Health Subscription will give customers access to all new health reports as they are released without needing to re-test DNA. The Health Subscription will also give customers access to all adva…

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