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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Fee or Free Online Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850

  The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), The Essex Institute, and others were commissioned to publish Massachusetts Vital Records up to 1850 for various towns in Massachusetts. From AmericanAncestors¬†(NEHGS): "At the turn of the twentieth century NEHGS was instrumental in introducing and passing legislation to appropriate funds to produce books of vital statistics to the year 1850 for the cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ...Not all Massachusetts towns are included."   FEE options   AmericanAncestors AmericanAncestors.com has a Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 Collection that includes these commissioned books as well as some substitutes for towns whose vital records were not collected/commissioned. You can search by individual town volume. Ancestry Ancestry.com has these individual books available online and you can search by individual town volume. FindMyPast FindMyPast.com has this collection available online …
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Fee or Free African American Newspapers

African American newspapers are one place to look for news about black communities that wasn't always reported in the popular press. It's possible to find names, marriages,¬†and births and deaths in these collections. (And for African American research you won't want to limit yourself to strictly African American newspapers, just don't overlook them.) I'm easily distracted in newspaper research and find myself just reading random articles which isn't a very efficient use of time, but I have one relative I could only trace through newspapers. He was in the theater circuit and moved from city to city and lied about his age. I found his family by following him through newspapers. They're a valuable resource but it's easy to get sidetracked and just soak up the historical context. That's my disclaimer if you lose a day or more in newspapers.     Fee/Subscription African American Newspapers Accessible Archives Accessible Archives has 9 African American newspapers …
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