Searching by surname is a simple and easy way to get started finding your Best Matches in your DNA match list at any testing company. You can search for the surname(s) that are associated with the ancestor you are looking for today.
An updated look at the Ethnicity Tools at AncestryDNA, as of November 2017 when I presented this information as part of the Florida Genealogical Society Virtual Conference.
Ancestry has a unique tool that might just help you figure out where to start looking for a common ancestor between you and your match.
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.
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.
Here are four reasons why you, or your relative, might want to be tested at AncestryDNA.
Learn how to make the most of your shakey leaf hints at AncestryDNA.
Learn about these hints that Ancestry is giving you, and what they might mean for your family history. Taken from my presentation for the Florida Genealogical Society Virtual Conference in November of 2017.
Taken from a full presentation for the Florida Genealogical Society Virtual Conference in November 2017, this is a more condensed summary of DNA circles.
Learn the ins and outs of the admixture (ethnicity) tool at 23andMe.
Watch this video for a quick overview of the 23andMe website.
If you haven't had a chance to attend a national conference, this is a small look into my corner of the exhibit hall. Thanks to Lisa Louise Cooke and the Genealogy Gems we provide high-quality mini-classes to educate and entertain those in the exhibit hall.
This is from NGS 2016 going over three reasons to have your DNA tested.
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.
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.
Want to know what triangulation means in genetic genealogy terms? This is the place for the very basic overview of this method.
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:
Evidence that seems contrary to triangulation (as it is being employed above):
From the blog Our Puzzling Past,
And from the blog On Genetics.
Using the Shared Matches tool has many layers, let's explore a few.
Before you start, you should watch this video on using Shared Matches.
Now you are ready to head over to Ancestry and give it a try.
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.
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.