Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Genea-Catnip -- AncestryDNA ThruLines Are Updating Every Week

Have you checked your AncestryDNA ThruLines recently?  You should, because AncestryDNA seems to update them every week by Wednesday morning.  I checked them yesterday (Tuesday), and had 6 new ThruLines noted.  I checked today (Wednesday), and have 12 new ThruLines - different from yesterday's new ThruLines.  The same thing happened last week - I had 0 new on Tuesday, and then 6 new on Wednesday.

Frankly, this is genea-catnip for me!  New matches that I share a common ancestor with a family tree!

How do I find the NEW ThruLines?  Here is my process:

1)  On the DNA > ThruLines page, there is a dropdown "Filters" menu.  If you click on "Filters" it shows on the screen:

The options on the "Filters" menu are:

*  All ancestors (the screen above)
*  Ancestors with new DNA matches (I have 12 today!)
*  Potential ancestors
*  Ancestors in your linked tree
*  Maternal ancestors
*  Paternal ancestors

2)  I clicked on the "Ancestors with new DNA matches" and saw the 12 ancestors listed:

I believe, but don't know for sure, that this means "ancestors" and not 12 new DNA matches with common ancestors with me.  So there could be 2 or 3 new matches for any one of the ancestors with a new match.

3)  I clicked on the first one, for my 3rd great-grandfather Abraham Kemp, and it showed me ThruLines to 25 DNA matches with a ThruLine:

4)  The challenge now is to identify the new DNA matches with a new ThruLine.  Since Abraham Kemp has 25 ThruLines, including mine, it is easier to search for New DNA Matches with a known Common Ancestor.  Other times, just inspecting the ThruLines for an ancestor easily reveals the new DNA Match with a ThruLine.  I'll post about searching for New DNA Matches with a known common ancestor on another day.

5)  I recently posted in Dear Randy: What Do You Add To Your Family Tree For DNA Matches? about how I work with the AncestryDNA ThruLines.

6)  My wish list for AncestryDNA includes identifying how many DNA Matches have "Common Ancestors," and also a Chromosome Browser and a way to download DNA segment data to a spreadsheet. 


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1 comment:

Bill said...


Thanks for pointing this out. I had stopped going to this page because of its clumsiness, preferring to work from the DNA Hints in the "View Tree" view, but they've added those nice filter features.

On the Update with new Common Ancestor Hints, that's a nice feature. In testing it out, it said I had 10 Ancestors with DNA matches! However, it turned out that it was actually one new DNA match back to a common ancestor couple born ~1830, then that same New Match back to each of their parents and grandparents. So a bit of an oversell.

Bill Greggs