Thursday, February 28, 2019

MyHeritage Adds Automatic Clustering of DNA Matches for Insights on Common Ancestors

I received this information from MyHeritage today:


MyHeritage Adds Automatic Clustering of DNA Matches for Insights on Common Ancestors

February 28, 2019 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MyHeritage, the leading global service for genetic genealogy, announced today the release of AutoClusters, a new feature that automatically clusters and visualizes shared DNA Matches.
In the past few years, millions of consumers have purchased DNA kits in order to find relatives based on shared DNA. However, the DNA results typically do not describe the exact relationship path between two matching people, and only cite the likely connection (for example, 3rd cousins). AutoClusters are helpful in shedding light on the relationship paths, by grouping together DNA Matches who likely belong to the same branch and have a common ancestor. Reviewing their family trees can allow users to piece together the entire branch.

This new AutoClusters feature on MyHeritage was developed in collaboration with Evert-Jan Blom of and is based on technology created by Mr. Blom with enhancements added by MyHeritage. These additions are especially helpful for successful clustering of endogamous populations (people who lived in isolated communities with a high rate of intermarriage, such as Acadians and Ashkenazi Jews). AutoClustering technology organizes a person’s list of DNA Matches into clusters of people who are likely to have the same common ancestor, because they are all mostly related to each other. Clusters are color-coded for convenience and are presented in a powerful visual chart, as well as in list format.

“MyHeritage strives to be at the forefront of genetic genealogy and offer its users the best tools,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “When automatic clustering was introduced several months ago, we were impressed by the usefulness of this cutting edge technology and its ability to provide insights on DNA Matches. We set it as our goal to be the first major DNA service to offer it, and are happy to fulfill this promise today.”

“I've enjoyed working with MyHeritage very much,” said Evert-Jan Blom. “It's a very dynamic and vibrant company to work with.”

AutoClusters is a premium feature that requires a subscription on MyHeritage. Users who upload their raw DNA data from another testing service to MyHeritage and do not wish to purchase a subscription can pay a one-time fee of $29 per kit to unlock all advanced DNA features offered by MyHeritage, including AutoClusters.

MyHeritage DNA kits are available for purchase online at

See the MyHeritage Blog post - Introducing AutoClusters for DNA Matches - for more details.


Disclosure:  I have a complementary subscription to MyHeritage, and have received material considerations from MyHeritage over the past ten years.

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1 comment:

Diane Gould Hall said...

I dabbled with auto clusters and signed up for notices from Genetic Affairs. I haven’t delved deeply into it yet, but plan to. Having this added feature on MyHeritage will be wonderful. I have a full paid subscription, so there’s no problem with access to the tool.