How to Find the Shared Matches Tool

Diahan Southard

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The Shared Matches tools at AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), MyHeritage and Living DNA can help you figure out how you’re related to your DNA matches. Here’s how to find the Shared Matches tools at your favorite DNA testing company websites.

I have heard so many of you tell me you are overwhelmed by your long list of DNA cousins! You don’t know how to go about turning that list of matches into actual genealogical discoveries. You need to be using the shared matches tool.

This article explains briefly what the shares matches tool is and how to find it at 23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA or MyHeritage. The next article explains how to use the shared matches tool to help identify your DNA matches.

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The Shared Matches Tool

My very favorite tool to help you immediately take control of your DNA match list is the shared matches tool. Every company has one, and it works like a filter on your match list. It shows you a list of people who share DNA with you and one other person.

Here’s how to find this tool at each of the testing companies, and what it is called.

23andMe: Relatives in Common

23andMe testers will select a DNA match, scroll down on the match page (as shown below) and click “Find Relatives in Common.” (Great. Take me to the next article on using this tool.)

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AncestryDNA: Shared Matches

To access more than three shared matches, you’ll need an AncestryDNA Plus or regular Ancestry subscription. Once you’ve selected a specific match at Ancestry, look for the tabs shown below and click “Shared Matches.” (Got it. Let’s go to the next article on using this tool.)

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Family Tree DNA: In Common With

At FTDNA, the tool for finding shared matches is called In Common With (ICW). You’ll activate it by selecting one match from your match list, then clicking the In Common With Button, shown below. (Thanks. Now show me how to use it.)

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Living DNA: Shared Matches

On your Living DNA list of relatives (matches), it shows you how many shared matches you have with each one. Click on a match’s name to the list of relatives you have in common. (Ok. Now take me to the article about using the shared matches tool effectively.)

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MyHeritage DNA: Shared DNA Matches

To access your Shared Matches at MyHeritage, you’ll need to have a MyHeritage subscription or have uploaded a DNA test and paid the unlock fee to access advanced DNA tools. Click on your DNA match of interest. Then scroll down quite a ways on your match summary page until you see the Shared DNA Matches list, as shown below. The list of your shared matches appears in the center column, with their estimated relationships to YOU on the left and to your DNA match of interest on the RIGHT. (Right. Let’s move on to the next article about how to understand this.)

How to Use the Shared Matches Tool

Now that you’ve figured out how to access the Shared Matches tool at your favorite DNA testing company website, keep reading to learn how to use it effectively.

Tips for Every DNA Testing Company

Finding shared matches is just one of many tools offered at each testing company. You’ll find that depending on which company you tested at, you’ll have a different assortment of tools. That’s why we’ve put together our Quick Reference Guides. These inexpensive guides outline the features and procedures specific to each company so you can keep the information straight as you’re delving into your DNA results.

Take me to those Quick Guides!

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Diahan Southard

As founder and CEO of Your DNA Guide, Diahan Southard has been teaching people how to find family history answers in their DNA for several years, and she's been in the genetic genealogy field since its infancy. Diahan teaches internationally, writes for popular magazines, consults with leading testing companies, is author of Your DNA Guide–The Book, and producer of Your DNA Guide–the Academy, an online learning experience.


  1. Jenny

    Unfortunately, the links to the articles on this page are bringing up an error message. I’m looking to find out to compare my DNA matches.

  2. john martinez

    Enjoy your presentations.

  3. Nancy Hayes

    It would be nice if the shared tool on Ancestry DNA actually showed all the matching relatives but it doesn’t so you have to actually invite people to view your matching relatives to discover the matching relatives. It does show some but when my kids match my dna relatives and they aren’t showing up in a list with me then you know it’s missing others too. Fortunately, we discovered this and now invite dna matches to make connections.

  4. Ed Schwalenberg

    FTDNA has changed their interface. Now there’s a head-and-shoulders icon to the right of each match, and when you click on that you can choose In Common.


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