Waiting for your DNA Results – Get Organised! Ready? Do your homework before your Ancestry DNA results arrive Be optimistic, but realistic.  DNA testing does occasionally give instant answers, but it is more likely to take weeks or months of work to make progress.  Every set of results are different – some people have many…

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Shared Matches and Colour Coded Groups You may be looking at a DNA match list that connects you to hundreds, or even thousands, of people.  Separating your matches into groups enables you to concentrate on one area at a time. Ancestry’s Grouping Tools Ancestry enables you to colour code/label/filter groups of matches.  See here for…

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Creating a Research Tree One tree is all you need Keep all your workings within one private and unsearchable Research Tree.   Don’t start lots of separate trees – eventually you want to be able to join all the information you’ve gathered together within one tree that reflects all the branches of your DNA family.…

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Research Tree Tips and Tricks Research Trees can grow very quickly, making it hard to focus on the specific lines/branches within your tree.  Despite all the tree-building options available on Ancestry, you may still find it helpful to draw diagrams when you are looking at some aspects of your search – a hand-drawn tree forces…

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Putting the Final Puzzle Pieces Together So, you’ve grouped your matches, you have dozens of floating branches, you know the surnames and small towns of your matches’ ancestors off by heart…. What’s the next step? Connecting Shared Match Groups You are aiming to find places where two Shared Match Groups connect – ie, where someone…

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Why isn’t my Search Successful? DNA searches can be incredibly frustrating. Sometimes it feels as though you know every possible detail about many of your Matches, but you’re still no closer to finding the people you’re searching for.   It is always worth double-checking your own research, but the problem may not always lie with you……

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Volunteers and “Search Angels” Using DNA can feel overwhelming You may feel that there is a massive amount to learn before you can use the results of your DNA test effectively.  Facebook groups such as DNA Detectives, Search Squad (and others) offer free support; either by people giving advice on specific aspects of your search…

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These document were written prior to the release of Ancestry’s Beta Tools in Spring 2019. Introduction How can DNA Testing help me? Waiting for results Creating a Private and Unsearchable Ancestry Family Tree How to link your AncestryDNA results to your Ancestry Tree Facebook and Genetic Genealogy Facebook Messenger Screenshots and Snipping Tools Relationships and…

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