Comments on: Making More Family Connections With AncestryDNA http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/22/making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna The official blog of Ancestry.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:21:53 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 By: Tracy Frederickhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/22/making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna/#comment-189810 Tracy Frederick Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:04:43 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=12673#comment-189810 Christa – Is there a way to compare two individual DNA tests to see if they are related? My father-in-law has cousins that have shown up as cousins to his wife. Can I compare his results to my mother-in-law to see if they are related – I am the administrator for both of their tests. I would also like to compare my father with my father in law because we have reason to think they have a common ancestor, but it would be 9 generations back. Would that even show up as a connection? Are these comparisons already made between the different test that are administered by the same Ancestry member?

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By: Brenda Searshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/22/making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna/#comment-187288 Brenda Sears Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:24:53 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=12673#comment-187288 I agree, the method of which we have to view our DNA matches is rather lengthy. Additionally, why are people taking the test, then not responding when you send them a nice little note with a subject line ” DNA 3rd cousin match”? I just dont understand the lack of responses. I see my 3rd – 4th cousin matches logging in each day yet they don’t bother to respond. Only have 6, 3rd – 4th cousins. It would be nice also if Ancestry would find a way to link their past DNA test results with this new test. Since the testing has gone on for many years, I doubt the people who had the earlier more expensive DNA tests want to take another to hook up with the new DNA results. I did not realize the results would be limited like this.

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By: Britt Clarkhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/22/making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna/#comment-181864 Britt Clark Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:05:58 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=12673#comment-181864 When will we have better search tools to analyze our DNA matches? The current tool is much too basic and limited. I am very disappointed. For example, it would be nice to have a tool to show how many matches I have in common with a match. Just searching by username and location is not enough.

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By: M Lhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/22/making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna/#comment-147187 M L Sun, 27 Oct 2013 06:17:28 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=12673#comment-147187 I’m with Jeff about the multiple trees. My trees are split up for personal reasons. I’d connect them all to my DNA profile, but you can only “connect” one tree. Therefore, I don’t have any connected. I created “public” versions of my trees (names, dates, places), specifically so I could share them, and to help others see if we have a connection. I keep a private version with more info (photos or copies of documents I’ve paid for), which I (usually) share with relatives who have connected with me and are willing to collaborate and/or communicate.

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By: stringbeananniehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/22/making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna/#comment-146667 stringbeanannie Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:05:42 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=12673#comment-146667 Crista: Have loved using Ancestry and Family Tree Maker (many versions; 2014 the current one) for quite some time. For the most part, I simply love it. Upon reading your blog “How to find Y-DNA or mtDNA test results on Ancestry.com”, I constantly run into a problem! When I hover over the DNA tab, I do not see “Learn about AncestryDNA” nor do I see “Y-DNA and mtDNA tests”. I had originally been able to access the results I wanted; i.e., haplogroup(s) and the colorized, nicely spaced/presented charts of same. I had printed them out; quite a lot of pages, to be sure and have not been able to dig deep enough to retrieve them. All I get now is hundreds of pages in black and white, the columns do not line up, and the information looks ‘old school’ to me – not at all helpful! I have used Excel databases and charts as well as PowerPoint presentations extensively during my ‘work’ life; I know how to ‘read’ charts; but feel with all the advances in technology during the last 13 years, one should be able to retrieve and print out the many wonderful, colorful charts on Ancestry.com. the way they are presented. I do get the maps and the information of where my ancestors came from, percentages, emails from ‘cousins’, etc., which is great. However, I would also like to retrieve the charts, etc. as described above. Would typing the customer number from my DNA test be the way to go? Thanks for all your expertise – it has been extremely helpful to me. Also, thanks for the ability to ‘print out’ your latest blog, “Making More Family Connections with Ancestry DNA”. I much prefer to print out the instructions, rather than watch the video; very difficult to remember all of it; much better to be able to read it as I work. Thanks again …

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By: Marilyn Whitkerhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/22/making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna/#comment-146653 Marilyn Whitker Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:26:46 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=12673#comment-146653 I have been doing family trees for 60 years and every day I am leraning something new abt the information I have and how to use it. Thank you Christa for this article. Just wish I could get into Ancestry.com often. I have been unable to check most of my matches on 3 DNA samples as I can not get into DNA section.
I subscribed to Genealogical helper from 1956 and donated ll the old ones to local library.

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By: Mariehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/22/making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna/#comment-146084 Marie Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:10:57 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=12673#comment-146084 Challenge: I also discovered that if you have an adopted parent who is listed in your tree as the preferred parent and then have a biological parent with tree information (which kind of remains hidden in Ancestry since about 2 or 3 years ago, that the DNA matching doesn’t look at the “hidden” leg of the tree.

I was looking at locations when I discovered some locations that should have shown up for my son did not.

Otherwise I love the DNA information. My son matched a second cousin once removed (ancestry said 4-6) and she sent me some more photos of the ancestors.

My husband and I did the 23andme thing several years ago before it was doing the relative match for medical purposes. He discovered his biological father via DNA by matching a first cousin when they started the relative matching. People on ancestry are much more willing to share family information. I just ordered another test for one of my family members and will order another one in the near future.

People should be aware that they may encounter surprises that they didn’t expect, but DNA does bring out the truth.

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By: Jeffhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/22/making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna/#comment-145955 Jeff Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:50:22 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=12673#comment-145955 Crista,

Why can’t we attach our DNA results to multiple trees?

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By: Crista Cowanhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/22/making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna/#comment-145805 Crista Cowan Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:32:09 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=12673#comment-145805 #3 Donna – The AncestryDNA test does include a Native American reference population for comparison.

#4 Tinny – It sounds like you may have taken the YDNA or mtDNA test not the AncestryDNA (autosomal) test. This article might help explain the differences: http://help.ancestry.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2920/kw/2920

#5 Jeff – You can only attach DNA results to a single tree.

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By: Juanita Stephenshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/22/making-family-connections-with-ancestrydna/#comment-145622 Juanita Stephens Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:38:51 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=12673#comment-145622 Hi,,

The issue I have with the DNA portion is not Ancestry’s fault, it is all the cousins I have with private trees or not connected to a tree. I send messages to them and many times get a not back saying no I see not connection. So I stopped connecting them. Let them contact me.

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