Ancestry, Computer Skills, DNA Testing, Genetic Genealogy

Navigating Ancestry’s DNA Testing Process

If you are not confident with computers, use email infrequently and are still finding your way around Ancestry, there’s an awful lot to get to grips with in the DNA testing process – and that’s before you try to make sense of the results!  Having now spent quite a while helping Ancestry users with their DNA testing, I’ve realised that there are a number of problems and/or misunderstandings that occur fairly regularly.

Today’s information sheet is about Navigating Ancestry’s DNA Testing Process – the ins and outs of how the system works, the order in which things are meant to happen and how you can plan ahead to try and ensure everything goes smoothly.

If things do go wrong, most mistakes can be corrected.  At worst you are likely to have to start from the beginning with a replacement kit – and Ancestry are generally very good about supplying free replacements if that becomes necessary.  But, when you’re pacing the floor, waiting eagerly for results, starting afresh can be a very frustrating experience!

The final page of the guide is a form designed to record all the details about a DNA test, giving an easy reference sheet for usernames, passwords, emails and progression through Ancestry’s testing system.

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Computer Skills, Genetic Genealogy

Screenshots and Snipping Tools

Today’s information sheet is about creating screenshots and using the snipping tool.  With so many different devices/apps etc available there is no way of covering all the possibilities, so this looks at the methods you’ll find on most computers.

Being able to capture information quickly can be essential.  You would imagine that people taking a DNA test would be interested in researching their family and excited to find more relatives.  However, finding an unexpectedly close relative can also be a huge shock, and can cause some people to make their tree private or even delete their DNA results altogether.

If you find information that could be valuable, grab a copy before it’s too late!

Screenshots and Snipping Tools

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Computer Skills

Facebook Messenger

Facebook has a sister site/app called Messenger which handles the messaging between Facebook users.

Messenger may not be the best contact method in every instance, but it is quick and easy to use and allows you send more than just text – you can attach pictures and files.

This guide covers the basics of sending and receiving messages, explains how to track the messages you have sent and  (importantly!) how to check you are seeing all of the messages people are sending you!

Facebook Messenger

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Computer Skills, DNA Testing, Genetic Genealogy

Facebook and Genetic Genealogy

People often have a love/hate relationship with Facebook.  There are many groups on Facebook to help you learn how to get the best from your DNA results, so if you are not already a member, joining Facebook is worth considering.  As well as offering resources to help you learn about your DNA results, it also provides another way of contacting your new-found DNA relatives.

If you are new to Facebook, it can all seem somewhat overwhelming.  The notification system alone can be enough to drive you scatty with its constant reminders about new posts and comments…  This information sheet aims to help you get the best from Facebook and enable you to apply settings that fit with how you would like to use Facebook!

Facebook and Genetic Genealogy

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