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Saturday, December 29, 2012

I Wish for More Tools at AncestryDNA

My mother, wearing the hat, and 
her sister were not surprised 
when their DNA differed. 

I have been a fan of since I started my membership in 2000 so was very pleased to try their new Autosomal DNA test last summer. Since then, I have coerced three family members to take the test and have several thousand matches, but organizing and taking the time to look at them all is an overwhelming task.

I have 58 pages of DNA matches with 50 matches per page - that's 2,900 matches. One match is immediate family (my mother), another is close family (my aunt), and I have two 3rd to 4th cousin matches; one who I know and love and one who also matches my mother and my aunt, but we don't have a clue as to how she matches us. Ninety-eight of my matches were in the 4th to 6th cousin range making the remaining 2,700+ matches distant cousins in the 5th to 8th cousin range. 

Now, triple the 2,900 matches as I am the administrator for both my mother's and my aunt's DNA. And, add my brother's DNA as his is processing. This will give me approximately 11,600 matches to wade through and more are added each week! Looking at over 11,000 matches is impossible so I don't look beyond 4th to 6th cousin matches. 

Of all of those matches, I have had a few new leads, but I have yet to find any new conclusive matches. Honestly, I can find more by searching the Public Trees at 

A newer tool at AncestryDNA puts a leaf next to any match that contains someone in my tree, but, in all of my current matches (almost 8,000), I only have two leaves. 

I have read that having the raw data from AncestryDNA will really help with the matches and that will come soon.  I know that if I can access that raw data, I will need to upload this data to another site such as GEDmatch or FamilyTree DNA.  However, are all those persons who match my DNA going to upload to another site? 

So AncestryDNA, make our matches easier to manage and please grant my wish!


© 2012


  1. Wow! You really do have tons of matches. So far I have only eight pages of matches! And none of my close relatives has tested with Ancestry. After I created a pedigree tree and connected it, about 6-8 of my matches show the leaf (probably because I included "reputed" connections way out there). For the rest of the approximately 40 matches where I think I may have spotted the connection, I used names, dates, and spouses' names on my matches' trees to figure out the connections - but that's a lot easier to do with less than 400 matches. I wish you good luck in figuring out a system for managing this large body of information!

  2. Thanks!I looked earlier - my mother and I each have 58 pages of matches and my aunt has 60. One could say that I was lucky to have so many matches:) I started an easy to use spread sheet to help me determine matches within my family, but the numbers are just too large. I think that I will wait to see what happens in 2013!