At the beginning of 2019, I decided to start tracking how many new DNA matches I received over a 6 month period. So here are the results.
In January on Ancestry – 4th cousins or closer
- I had 228 : June 269 – an increase of 41
- Mum had 295 : June 347 – an increase of 52
- Philip had 209: June 237 – an increase of 28
- Dad had 187: June 210 – an increase of 23
In January on My Heritage – total matches
- I had 3472: June 4157 – an increase of 685
- Mum had 3990: June 4860 – an increase of 870
- Philip had 3555: June 4239 – an increase of 684
- Dad had 3508: June 4243 – an increase of 735
In January on FTDNA – total matches
- I had 241: June 259 – an increase of 18
- Mum had 283: June 303 – an increase of 20
- Philip had 202: June 219 – an increase of 17
- Dad had 198: June 220 – an increase of 22
I really like using Ancestry as it quickly tells me if I have common ancestors.
- Sue 50 common ancestors – 4 unsure links – these are generally 5th-8th cousins
- Mum 52 common ancestors – 7 unsure links as these are mainly back in the 1700s or early 1800s before formal registration and censuses
- Philip 48 common ancestors – 5 unsure links when using thrulines and other clues
- Dad 11 common ancestors of which 4 are kits I manage – Dad is definitely the problem person when it comes to DNA and the paper trail not matching.
When I know where a match is on my tree, I star them on Ancestry
I am lucky to have nearly 10000 people on a database on my home computer, so can quickly work out if a person is a match or not by using their online tree and my database.
- Sue 66 stars
- Mum 69 stars
- Philip 65 stars
- Dad 13 stars
I am doing quite well with messages sent through Ancestry – probably getting replies on 1 out of every 3 sent. I do check when the last time the match was on the website and will more likely message those who have been on in the last few months.
Ancestry now allows you to colour code for family lines or any other purpose you might need. When I star a match, I also use the notes section to put in how that person matches my mother or father eg Sue – Phyl – Hannah – George – John and Ann Davey nee Dixon This means I can see the most recent common ancestor at a glance (MRCA). That allows me to colour code very quickly eg Davey Dixon line
Readers: How are you going with working out matches using your DNA results? Are you using the new tools from each testing company? Which tools are you finding the most useful?