Wednesday, September 23, 2020

MyHeritageDNA Updates Their Theory of Family Relativity™

 I received this information from MyHeritage this morning:


I’m delighted to share that we’ve just refreshed the data for the Theory of Family Relativity™! 

This update has added millions of new and improved theories that explain how you and your DNA Matches might be related, and can enlighten you about family relationships that may have been complete mysteries until now. Please take a moment to share this exciting update with your audiences.

Since the last update, the number of theories on MyHeritage has grown by 64%, from 20,330,031 to 33,373,070! The number of MyHeritage users who now have at least one Theory of Family Relativity™ for their DNA Matches has increased by 28%. 


The Theory of Family Relativity™ harnesses the billions of family tree profiles and historical records on MyHeritage to suggest relationship paths between you and your DNA Matches, potentially saving you dozens of hours of research. 

As our users create new family tree profiles and as we add new collections of historical records, we’ll be able to deliver more insights and suggest new theories to help our users further their genealogical research.

Read more about the update to the Theory of Family Relativity™ on our blog.


I was excited about this announcement because I had only 15 Theory of Family Relativity matches the first time they released this in March 2019, but 5 were wrong IMHO;  The next time they released it in July 2019, I had 12 TOFR, of which 2 were wrong IMHO;  The third time they released it in May 2020, the 2 wrong ones were gone, and one that was right went missing (even though the match was still in my match list and had not changed their tree), leaving a total of 9.

With high expectations today that MyHeritageDNA had found 64% more TOFR matches for me this time around, I looked at the list - there might be 5 or 6 more!  8?  Only EIGHT?  I had those eight before.  Which TOFR was deleted this time around?  

Fortunately, I have made some Notes on my matches and will go look for the one that went missing from the TOFR list.  I wonder why this happens?  Did someone change their tree?  


Disclosure:  I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and gave 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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Donald said...

Well I did have theories before the first update, after all my theories disappeared and I have none. My mother still had theories after the first update and now after this update they're all gone. So their update is terrible and worthless to me.

Bonne journée à tous said...

C'est trop intéressant... merci pour le partage de ces informations ! On pourra ainsi bien compléter nos arbres généalogiques et en finir avec les personnes manquantes de notre arbre généalogique.

Bonne journée à tous said...

It's too interesting ... thanks for sharing this information! We will thus be able to complete our family trees and put an end to the missing people from our family tree.

Kat said...

I don't know if you changed or replaced your tree, but I originally had a small family tree with just my direct ancestors. After attending a My Heritage webinar, I decided to upload my whole family tree. I downloaded a gedcom from Roots Magic and uploaded it to My Heritage.
I contacted them about my Theories of Relativity which all disappeared (I think I had 6) and apparently because I had deleted my original (small) family tree and uploaded a new (big) one, my Theories were all wiped out. They said that is the way it works. They are working to try and find a way around this, but as of now if you delete and upload a new tree you are out of luck!