Ancestry, DNA Testing, Genetic Genealogy

Adding Notes to your Ancestry DNA Matches

Feb 2019:  Ancestry’s site update means that most Chrome Extensions no longer function.  MedBetterDNA does still work on the “old” style pages, so is still worth installing.

You can find updated guides to using Notes here and here.

This year a few new tools and ideas have become available in the world of Genetic Genealogy.

One of my favourites has been the MedBetterDNA extension for the Chrome browser which (amongst other things) lets you view any notes you’ve added to your Ancestry DNA matches on the main match list – no need to keep clicking icons or opening/closing matches, the notes are just there, in front of you.  🙂

Combining MedBetterDNA with the idea of adding text emojis to the notes (eg, 🌺 🔵 💜) is an approach that can make it so much easier to get an overview of your match list and see at a glance any potential patterns/similarities between them.

You can find (the now out of date!) information sheet about using the MedBetterDNA extension, text emojis and Ancestry Notes together here: Adding Notes to your Ancestry DNA Matches

The updated version can be found here.

Click here to see all the information sheets currently available.


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