Many of your ancestors passed down their DNA to you. And they also passed much of that same DNA to your cousins and other family members. That’s why DNA matching can connect you with other family members and act as a source of validation and discovery for your genealogical research.
2020欧洲杯在线网址First, to get the most out of your matches, make sure that your DNA test is associated with your online family tree. (You can do this on the DNA settings page.) Make sure you link your DNA test to you in your tree. Then—if you haven’t already—fill out each of your parent’s and grandparent’s lines as completely as you can.
Here are a few tips to help you jump—start your research using your DNA matches.
Find DNA evidence for your genealogical research
Depending on how much of your family tree you’ve documented, you may find that some of your DNA matches have a leaf, or "hint," associated with them. This means that AncestryDNA has compared the trees of you and your match and found shared ancestors. A shared ancestor hint is one piece of evidence that the identified shared ancestor of you and your DNA match is actually your ancestor, but they do not guarantee that your research is correct. So take advantage of the other tools (described below) to verify your relationship.
DNA Circles are another tool that lend support to your research. If you’re in a DNA Circle, it’s a good sign that you are a descendant of a particular ancestor. (Learn more about DNA Circles.)
Try to identify your shared ancestors
Perhaps one of the most exciting parts about reviewing your matches is trying to determine how you might be related by identifying the ancestor that you and your match have in common. Even if you don’t have shared ancestor hints or a DNA Circle, you can use clues from your DNA matches to help you do this.
The relationship range
The degree of you and your matches’ relationship can give you a good estimate of how long ago your shared ancestor lived (learn more)
When you view a match, you can see which ethnicities you might share, which may give you a clue about your shared ancestor.
Shared surnames and birth locations
2020欧洲杯在线网址AncestryDNA identifies any surnames and birth locations that are in your tree and your match’s tree. Exploring these could give you insights about where your shared ancestor might have lived or the lineage where you might want to look for your shared ancestor.
Your match’s tree
If your match’s tree isn’t public, send a message and see if they’re willing to share it with you. If their tree is public, you can look through it for clues. Perhaps you’ll find relationships you didn’t know about, records that support connections in your trees or other details that can break through the brick walls in your research.
Use search features
Are you interested in a specific surname or location? Rather than clicking through each match individually, you can search all of your matches at once. You can look for matches who have ancestors with a particular surname or who were born in a particular location. You can also filter your matches by those that are new or those that have shared ancestor hints.
Learn about collateral lines in your family tree—not just your ancestors
DNA matches give you a jump—start on discovering where other members of your ancestor’s family went and what they did. This is because the cousins you find through AncestryDNA have come through a different line of descendants than you did. Your ancestors had siblings and nieces and nephews, all of whom may have played an important part in your ancestor’s life.
Meet and collaborate with new cousins and family members
The best part about your DNA matches is that it’s a list of relatives—some of whom you never knew you had. Get in touch with them. As you discover your shared ancestors, you can work together to piece together information, stories, and records. You can even start to build a network of people who are all trying to learn about the same ancestors that you are.
Keep coming back for more
2020欧洲杯在线网址Every time a new AncestryDNA member joins, their DNA will be compared to yours to identify whether you might be related. Keep checking back to find new matches; they might just be the key to your family story.