Comments on: AncestryDNA just keeps getting better—see what’s new The official blog of Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:20:17 +0000 hourly 1 By: Liz Liz Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:31:35 +0000 Is the “See HOW you’re related to your DNA matches” currently available? It’s neat to see people I’m related to, but I can’t seem to find clear connections even when I view their trees or contact my matches. There are so many matches that it’s hard to keep track of all the people.

By: BEE BEE Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:00:40 +0000 That should have read my only connection to the first match was the little village his grandmother and my grandfather came from, as we shared no known family names.

By: BEE BEE Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:56:08 +0000 I recently had a second DNA match. Both are “5th to 8th cousin”, but while the only connection was the little village his grandmother and my grandfather came from, this second match and I share three surnames, again from that same village. For some reason, this second one was designated a “low” confidence, while the other with no shared family name says “moderate”.
I just learned that the granddaughter of someone who might have been a first cousin to my grandfather had her DNA done but I haven’t seen anything connecting us so far. I hope I can get some answers “next year”. Have a Very Happy and Healthy New Year to all.

By: Norman Norman Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:09:50 +0000 DNA Matches

How likely is it that a second cousin DNA match would actually be a third cousin once removed instead of second cousin. Some of the matches the trees line up and indicate the same as the DNA results but this second cousin match puzzles me.

Would the fact that in earlier generation there are instances of second couisn marriages have any impact on the predicted DNA results?

By: Anne Reeves Anne Reeves Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:25:13 +0000 Private vs. Public. Originally my tree was public, but once I had put some images on it that I had obtained from some archival websites and other members uploaded those images to their trees (some acknowledged the sources, others not), I ‘privatised’ the tree. Copyright was my major concern and still is.

Every request to see my tree has been and will be answered and where there is a family connection, however remote, I send an invitation.

One of the problems with public trees, or rather some of the information on them, is that inaccuracies spread like wildfire. An underlying problem is the very cost of genealogical research – buying copies of absolutely necessary civil registration certificates alone adds up to a small fortune. So it is understandable when members use the information available on public trees. But that information need not be reliably sourced – in fact if there is no source citation, the data needs confirming with documentation.

Several writers have complained about getting no responses from private or public tree holders. While there are those who never reply, it could be that the email address that ancestry has is no longer extant. Also – some people who subscribe or are registered with ancestry do not have trees on the site.

As for DNA matches and surnames – so far I’ve not seen one that convinces me.

By: Paul Paul Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:34:16 +0000 @#5 Margie, I apologize, I just saw your post. What I was referring to is in my top matches, 3rd-6th cousin matches, I have so many surnames that while I do not have them in my tree, they show up repeatedly on my matches trees. Some of these are not common surnames like Smith or Jones. These are unique surnames that are the reason we match so highly with our DNA, but are a missing link in my tree. We may share a common GGG Grandmother, that I have yet to find and that was her maiden name. If we could have a list of all published surnames for our matches, you would be able to see that you match 12 Smiths, 13 Jones, etc. and see patterns that make finding your connection easier.

Another comment I would like to make is for those that do not wish to share photos or information. Stealing and claiming it as your own is one thing, but as far as allowing a distant family member to have access to a common ancestors photo or war record, etc. I think is priceless to me. If I have a photo of someones GG Grandfather and they have none, by all means, take it. I am not giving them the original, but a scanned copy that will mean the world to some people to put a face with a name. What exactly do you lose by allowing them access to that photo or record? You still have the original. Maybe I am just more unselfish, but anyone is more than welcome to my photos, research, documents and more. If not for the huge amount of work done by so many before me, I would not have what I have compiled, so why should I try to keep it private and discourage a new generation from researching their family. I already did the work because I wanted to share my ancestry with future generations and preserve it, not to hoard it and say “It’s mine.”

By: Alexandersma Alexandersma Thu, 06 Dec 2012 19:38:24 +0000 Hi all,

I ordered and took my test back when it was still BETA. I’ve had some great results and have been able to add details to my tree and provide others with information as well. I do not at all mind sharing any information that I spent LOADS of dollars on, literally traveling the globe (and world memberships here for years researching) to trace my family. The moment a cousin of mine (a first cousin on my father’s side) didn’t respond to my message after she started ripping off information from my tree and adding it to hers, I made my tree private. Some of the information that I found on my father’s side, was only by actually going to foreign soil, hiring a translator and a researcher to obtain the records. I was actually in England visiting my Mom’s side of the family when I got my results and THAT was great that I could show them matches from that side while being there. They were able to figure some relations within my matches.

There are several people that I match with who also have private trees. I’ve messaged them and haven’t received a response. More often than not, I get no response, even from those with public trees. I offer to share my tree and research, but still don’t get anything back. Are they not getting my messages when I send it to them through the DNA page? I’ve not received a single message from anyone asking me how we match. Is there a bug/glitch there that needs to be worked out?

Also, I’ve noticed that there are people with matching surnames in my tree with others once I’ve gone through their surname list, but, it doesn’t show up on top that we share matching surnames. Why is this?


By: BCarroll BCarroll Thu, 06 Dec 2012 13:49:54 +0000 Wonderful news. I received an alert that my DNA matched another person’s at the 2nd to 3rd cousin level.

I emailed the person and she emailed me back. She is my second cousin and her grandmother and my gr. grandmother were sisters. My documentation and her documentation from primary sources sealed the deal.

She is the first Kennedy relative that I have found and she has photos and baptismal certificates etc. I only have one picture, which I am scanning as I write this, of my gr. grandmother to send to her.

Thank you Ancestry! I was skeptical at first because my results did not match previous results of an autosomal DNA test I had done and so I didn’t have much faith that I would find anyone. Well, I was wrong – and how happy I am that I WAS wrong.

By: Sally Viada Sally Viada Wed, 05 Dec 2012 03:01:33 +0000 I did the ethnic DNA test several months ago and was surprised at what came up. Is there a way to find out what side, maternal or paternal, contributed the percentages? I also took the mtDNA in 2008 and it wasn’t very informative. Just said I came out of Africa some 150,000 years or so ago. Didn’t we all?
Hope these tests become more specific.

By: Carol Green Carol Green Sun, 02 Dec 2012 00:13:47 +0000 Just ordered my DNA kit. These posts are surprising to me as I had not thought of the sharing pictures and info parts. Will have to think about making my trees private or public. Thank you.