Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Checking Out My MyHeritage DNA Match Review

MyHeritage announced a new feature yesterday - the MyHeritage DNA Match Review.

Since I submitted my raw DNA file late last year to MyHeritage for analysis, I have been receiving DNA Matches.  Unfortunately, until recently, almost all of the matches have either no MyHeritage tree or a small tree with only one to three generations.

My current MyHeritageDNA match count is 194, and I finally have several matches that have some common persons in their tree to persons in my tree, and are distant cousins.

Here are the screens for two of them, who are related (note that I have obscured living person names and web site names):

The first match is AW, who shares 1.1% of her autosomal DNA with me.  However, she has only one person in her MyHeritage family tree.

Further down the screen, MyHeritageDNA provides Shared DNA Matches to both AW and myself:

There are a number of these Shared DNA Matches.  The first one is AW's father, CR.  I clicked on his name, and noted that he had a larger family tree of 161 persons.  I share only 0.7% of my DNA with CR:

The screen above shows me Smart Matches - there are a number of persons in my MyHeritage tree that are the same persons in CR's MyHeritage tree.

I clicked on the link to "Review Match" for the first match on the screen above, and saw the information for that person in my tree and CR's tree:

CR has much more information for this family than I do because he is directly descended from the persons in his tree.

Further down the page is a comparison of my MyHeritage tree and CR's MyHeritage tree:

I looked carefully through the list of Smart Matches, and found that CR and AW are descended from Nora Delia Carringer (1871-1902).  Nora is my 2nd cousin twice removed, and is in my MyHeritage tree.  She is CR's great-grandmother.  The common ancestors are my 4th great-grandparents, Martin and Magdalena (Hoax) Carringer, who are CR's fifth great-grandparents.   So CR is my 5th cousin once removed, and AW is my 5th cousin twice removed.

Based on some of CR's family tree data, I added some of this line to my RootsMagic database, but not yet to my MyHeritage tree.

This MyHeritage DNA Match Review worked pretty well for me on this particular DNA match.  I will continue to monitor my MyHeritageDNA matches for information about the families of my DNA cousins.

Please read the MyHeritage DNA Match Review blog post for more details on this new MyHeritageDNA feature.


Disclosure:  I receive a complimentary data and tree subscription to MyHeritage, and \have received other material consideration in past years.  I uploaded my autosomal DNA raw data to their DNA product.  This does not affect my objective analysis of MyHeritage products.

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Wendy Callahan said...

Thanks for sharing this, Randy. Like you, I've found that many people on MyHeritage have sparse trees or just themselves listed. It can be very tricky to figure out the shared ancestor. I've also found the Review tool handy for an at-a-glance view of the person, tree, and shared matches.

Like so many others, I always advocate that those having their DNA tested share their family tree (if they know it), to make it easier to figure out shared ancestors. :)

Unknown said...

Randy, you missed some anonymizing--image 2 identifies relationship with AW's full name, image 4 shows Contact hyperlink showing AW's father's first name.