Tuesday, May 19, 2020

AncestryDNA Changes DNA Match Screens

AncestryDNA has changed the location of their Common Ancestor information on the DNA Match screens a bit.  This is still in Beta, I think.  I have it, but I'm unsure if everyone has it.

When you click on a DNA match's user name, the "Trees" screen appears (I have anonymized the DNA match's name throughout):

At the top of the screen is the familiar "You and [Match's Name]," with the predicted relationship, the Group markers, and any Note that the user has added.

On the left-hand side of the screen is a list of Surnames in both trees and surnames in the Match's tree.  The earlier screen had the "Common Ancestor" box that you had to click to see how the user is related to the DNA Match.

The Match's family tree information is on the right-hand side of the screen.  The user can "Expand" the tree by clicking the "Expand Tree" in the upper right-hand corner.

Scrolling down below the tree information is the "Common Ancestor" information.  For this ThruLine, there are two "Suggestions:"

By clicking on "Suggestion 2" the user can see the second suggestion (in most cases, the spouse of the first suggestion):

If there is more than one set of common Ancestors for your DNA Match, then you will see additional "Suggestions."

Scrolling further down the screen, the user can see the "Ancestor Birth Locations" that are in the user's tree and the Match's tree:

If the user selects the "Ethnicity" or "Shared Matches" pages at the top of the right-hand side, the Common Ancestor information is replaced by information for those items.

Basically, this change saves one click for each match, but adds more scrolling for the user.


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary all-access subscription from Ancestry.com, for which I am thankful.  Ancestry.com has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years, plus a free AncestryDNA autosomal test.

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Devon Noel Lee said...

I like the ease of seeing multiple paths of relationships. I'm not a huge fan of the scrolling or longer load times. **Sigh**

Randy Seaver said...

Devon, maybe I wasn't clear enough.

The ThruLines for a Common Ancestor shows all of the descents with theirs paths. This is for the specific DNA Match (which you click from either the Match List or the ThruLine.