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.

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.