Question: I use Family Tree Maker but have not yet posted my tree on Ancestry.com
If I get my DNA results before I post my tree on Ancestry.com, can I still view cousins who might be related when I do post my tree?
Is my DNA report constantly updated with new information?
Thank you !!
Answer: Glad to hear you are using Family Tree Maker and taking advantage of all of the tips and tricks that Crista shares with our members on her Tuesday and Thursday show.
In short, as soon as you get your results and post a tree online we will start matching up cousins for you. The order that happens doesn’t matter. And we will show you potential cousins whether you have a tree or not.
And we constantly search out matches for you and send you an email when we find them. We don’t want you to miss that next important clue.
But why should you post your tree? Because you never know what might turn up. I had my DNA done very early on. And I linked it to my tree. And nothing. But good things come to those who wait.
Sure enough, one day, I found this in my matches:
Thomas Moore was my 4th great grandfather and the names Hamrick and Hopper stand out to me as being in that particular line as well. So I contact Elizabeth, my new found cousin and we start talking about our lines. Turns out she is a passionate genealogist and works closely with the Broad River Genealogical Society in Cleveland County, TN. (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncbrgs/index.htm ). (I admit I did a little happy dance!)
One person I’ve always been curious about in my tree is my 3rd great grandfather, Lansford Hopper. I found him on an 1870 mortality record with murdered as his cause of death:
So I asked if she might know about Lansford’s death. She did:
Lansford was my Great Grand Uncle. His sister Edith P. Hopper married John H. Harrill. Lansford served in the Civil War and came home. In the 1860-70’s here in the area where they lived, the men worked on building better roads. Lansford’s sister Edith had a son James Augustus Harrill, who was working also on the roads. Augustus and Lansford got into a fight, over what I don’t know, that wasn’t written in the family history. Anyway, Augustus hit Lansford with a shovel and killed him. On the day of Lansford’s funeral Augustus left, never to be seen or heard from again.
Now I know. And what a story! I also have a new cousin, albeit it distant, that enjoys genealogy as much as I do.
I recommend you get your tree out there with your results as soon as you can. If you don’t want to put your full tree out there, create a second tree with just your direct ancestors and link your DNA results to that. It’s the best cousin bait there is.
Matching trees is just the beginning. You just never know what you might find once you start comparing notes.
Oh, you don’t have a DNA kit? Maybe you should get your ancestryDNA kit now. And it’s never to early to start Christmas shopping! 😉