Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Yes, It IS a New Feature on AncestryDNA ... Shared Matches

When I wrote my previous post, New Feature on AncestryDNA ???, there was nothing out there announcing a new feature on AncestryDNA. I checked multiple times in multiple places.

But apparently while I was writing and likely minutes before I hit my publish button hit the publish button on its own blog. I discovered this less than ten minutes after publishing my post.

Now the answer is clear. The "Shared Matches" are those shared in common between your test that you are viewing and that selected DNA match.

Apparently there is supposed to be a Father and Mother filter if you have tested your father or mother. I have my mother tested but I don't have a Mother filter yet. I suspect this is because it will take a few days or more for Ancestry to catalog/index the matches in common for each test that you manage.

Here's a link to Ancestry's video about the new feature to learn more about the new feature.

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  1. Hi,

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    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Hi Jana

    Thank you! I just discovered this tonight a few weeks after the fact. As you can see from the lack of posts I have been kept away from writing on my own blog much of second half of 2015. Resolutions just aren't working for me so I've got to figure out how to balance things like life, research and writing two blogs better. I think I will draft that post I've been thinking about the last two days.