Predicted Relationships at AncestryDNA

Knowing how to interpret the predicted relationship at AncestryDNA can provide significant insight when analyzing your relationship to your DNA match. This will also include a bit about how to use the total amount of shared DNA in your analysis. Taken from my participation in the Florida Genealogical Society's virtual seminar in November of 2017.

Share Your AncestryDNA Results

If you are trying to administer the AncestryDNA accounts for multiple people, you will want to share their results into your account for easy access and analysis. This is a clip from a class I taught for the Florida Genealogical Society Virtual Conference in November 2017.

DNA and Your Health - a mini Session

At NGS 2016 I was living' it up in the exhibit hall with Lisa Louise Cooke and the Genealogy Gems. We live streamed some of our booth sessions using Periscope, a cool social networking app. This is one of the sessions we were able to share with a larger audience than just those who attended NGS.

I am sure you will notices that the audio/video syncing is a little off, but I think it works as long as you are looking at the slides and not at me.



Genetic Networking - Basics

If you are wondering how to attack your match list, you may want to try Genetic Networking as a means to understand relationships between those on your match list.

Triangulation+Genetic Networking

Triangulation is a hot topic in genetic genealogy. We will cover what the term itself means, and then the two sides of the triangulation game. We will talk about correct principles of combining the triangulation technique in your genetic networking. I have also included some references here at the bottom.


In favor of triangulation:

Jim Bartlett is a huge proponent of triangulation and blogs at You can also read Roberta Estes blog post on this topic.

Evidence that seems contrary to triangulation (as it is being employed above):

From the blog Our Puzzling Past,

And from the blog On Genetics.



Shared Matches - Advanced

OK, so you have mastered the shared matches tool, and you can use it to find matches who might be related to each other. Let's dig just a little bit deeper into that tool to make sure you don't veer off the path and find yourself deep in a rabbit hole.

Once  you are done with this video you will probably want to head over to the Family Tree DNA Explore page and watch the Matrix video, or the AncestryDNA Explore page and watch the AncestryDNA Shared Matches - Advanced video, or (coming soon!) the 23andMe Shared Matches page.

Now you are ready for the Matrix Tool.

The Matrix Tool

FTDNA has a tool that will allow you to see if your matches match each other. But before you get to excited, you need to watch this video about using Shared Matches in your family history.

Now you are ready to learn about The Matrix Tool.