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Join Your DNA Check, and Others, to Your Tree


To optimize your DNA assessments, every tester must benefit from the options provided by every vendor.

With a purpose to do this, we have to carry out the next duties.

  1. Add or create a tree (besides at 23andMe who doesn’t help bushes)
  2. Join our personal take a look at to our personal profile card on our tree
  3. Join different assessments we handle to their (or our) tree, relying on the seller
  4. Join matches who’re identified kin to their profiles on our tree

Every vendor handles these conditions otherwise, so we’ll take a look at every one of many distributors with step-by-step directions for dealing with these conditions. All of us need to get essentially the most out of the assessments we’ve taken!

Plant a Tree

When you have not created or uploaded a tree at every one of many distributors (besides 23andMe who doesn’t help family tree bushes), please achieve this. Nonetheless, 23andMe does present for hyperlinks to your tree elsewhere, so we’ll evaluate that perform.

I handle my “grasp tree” by myself laptop, however I additionally preserve bushes at each Ancestry and MyHeritage the place I connect paperwork and analysis discovered at that vendor. I additionally replace my ancestors at WikiTree to make certain different researchers profit from new discoveries.

I’ve not uploaded my full tree from my laptop anyplace as a result of I’ve many personal notes that aren’t acceptable for disclosure, to not point out speculative and unproven relationships. I created a pared-down tree at one time to add to each Ancestry and MyHeritage, and construct these bushes out from there.

I’m usually requested about changing your tree on the varied distributors with an up to date tree. If you happen to do this, remember that you’ll lose your DNA connections and doc hyperlinks. I do NOT suggest that. I merely preserve a number of bushes. I wrote about this within the article, “Family tree Tree Alternative – Ought to I or Shouldn’t I?” If you’re contemplating that possibility, PLEASE learn that article first.

RootsMagic, Household Tree Maker, and Legacy Household Tree Software program all present a syncing possibility with varied distributors and FamilySearch, though not each vendor permits entry to every of these software program firms. I most likely ought to experiment with the syncing possibility, however given a member of the family’s horrible expertise some years again, I’ve been unwilling to try this. My largest concern is that I’ll corrupt the file and never discover it till it’s far too late to revert to a backup.

Once you add or create a tree, ensure deceased and dwelling individuals are marked as such, and also you’ve opted to share your tree. If you happen to don’t, you unintentionally have a personal tree. Worse but, you may not notice it. I wrote about that in Fast Tip: Timber, Demise Dates and Unintentionally Non-public Ancestors.

Now, let’s check out every vendor.


23andMe doesn’t help conventional family tree bushes, however they do present a location so that you can hyperlink your tree at one other vendor or supply.

Underneath your identify on the proper aspect, you’ll see “View Your Profile” beneath the dropdown.

I’ve not been capable of finding a generic Ancestry tree hyperlink that can enable non-Ancestry subscribers to view my tree, however it’s simple to do at MyHeritage. Merely open your tree at  MyHeritage and simply copy the hyperlink on the prime. Don’t fear, folks gained’t see anybody dwelling.

If you wish to use “one world” kinds of bushes, you can too hyperlink to different bushes reminiscent of FamilySearch or WikiTree, however simply do not forget that you don’t management that content material.

You don’t want to attach your self to your tree at 23andMe, as a result of there isn’t a family tree tree. Nonetheless, 23andMe constructs a “genetic tree” for you utilizing your closest matches, primarily based on the way you match different folks, and the way they match one another.

You possibly can view your tree beneath “Household and Pals,” then “Household Tree.”

I added my ancestors’ names so it’s simple to maintain straight. You are able to do that by merely clicking on the coloured circle representing the ancestor, beginning along with your mother and father.

If you already know that one in every of your matching kin just isn’t in precisely the right tree location, you’ll be able to click on on their circle, after which click on on Edit to make modifications.

Chances are you’ll need to add a relative you could establish however who isn’t related on the tree that 23andMe constructed.

Trying on the far-right aspect of the tree, within the decrease nook, you’ll see “Add a Relative.” Click on there and observe the directions.


At Ancestry, you must hyperlink your take a look at to “you” in a tree. Your take a look at can solely be linked to at least one individual in a single tree at a time. You possibly can change this, however you’ll lose any ThruLines you at present have. They are going to be regenerated primarily based on the brand new tree you join your take a look at to, however primarily based on the tree and different components, they might not be the identical. My suggestion is for those who’re going to disconnect your self and reconnect your self elsewhere, file all the pieces first.

Alternatively, you’ll be able to take a second DNA take a look at and easily hyperlink that second take a look at to a different tree. IMHO, that’s a greater different. You possibly can depart one in place as your analysis tree and use the second take a look at to experiment with.

To hyperlink your take a look at to your tree, choose the “DNA” tab. At far proper, you’ll see “Settings.”

It’s worthwhile to inform Ancestry who you’re in your tree. Click on on “Settings,” then scroll to “Tree Hyperlink.”

You can too hyperlink different assessments you immediately handle to their placards in your tree as nicely.

These hyperlinks enable Ancestry to kind ThruLines utilizing each DNA matches and customary ancestors in bushes for 7 generations.

In your DNA Match web page, Ancestry will ask you for those who acknowledge a match.

If you happen to click on on “Sure,” you’ll be requested which aspect the match is on.

You then’ll be given an extended checklist of potential relationships in most-likely to least-likely order. Actually, Erik is the final possibility provided.

Choose and ensure.

I’m not constructive precisely HOW this helps Ancestry show you how to, however I believe it confirms and helps Ancestry excellent ThruLines, relationship predictions, and maybe even “sides” of ethnicity.

I wrote about Optimizing Your Tree at Ancestry for Extra Hints and DNA ThruLines.


At FamilyTreeDNA, each DNA take a look at equipment has its personal equipment quantity and related tree, so that you don’t want to inform FamilyTreeDNA who you’re for those who create a tree from scratch on their website.

FamilyTreeDNA provides a singular household matching characteristic that types your matches into maternal and paternal sides.

With a purpose to benefit from this, you’ll need a tree. You possibly can add a GEDCOM file, though the add at FamilyTreeDNA doesn’t appear to do nicely with very giant information.

If you happen to don’t have a GEDCOM file in your laptop, you’ll be able to obtain a tree from both Ancestry or MyHeritage and add to FamilyTreeDNA.

I wrote about this within the article Obtain Your Ancestry Tree and Add it Elsewhere for Added Profit.

If you happen to add a tree, you’ll be requested to pick the individual within the tree that’s “you,” which means the one who examined their DNA.

You’ll need to hyperlink identified matches to your tree to allow Household Matching, aka bucketing, in order that FamilyTreeDNA can divide and assign your matches maternally and paternally.

If you’re constructing your tree at FamilyTreeDNA from scratch, merely click on to start and full the data on the placards so as to add your info, then your mother and father, constructing out from there. You’ll need to add the ancestral traces to attach along with your closest matches in your match checklist.

Household matching, or bucketing, is enabled by linking identified matches to their correct place in your tree. FamilyTreeDNA then evaluates every match, figuring out in the event that they match a typical section with you and somebody you’ve linked. If that match does share a section with each of you, which means they triangulate, then that individual is assigned both maternally, paternally, or each. I wrote about Triangulation in Motion at FamilyTreeDNA, right here.

The very best folks to hyperlink are your mother and father and grandparents, in fact, however that’s not at all times an possibility. You’ll need to hyperlink as many matches as you’ll be able to.

To hyperlink folks, both click on on the Household Tree tab on the prime of the web page, or on the “Hyperlink on Household Tree” beneath Relationship Vary for particular person matches.

Merely click on on “Hyperlink Matches,” then drag and drop your match to their placard.

Right here’s an instance of linking mother and father.

As soon as somebody is linked, the inexperienced dot will seem signifying that they’re linked, and which sort of take a look at. Inexperienced is a Household Finder autosomal take a look at, blue means they’ve taken a Y DNA take a look at, and pink is a mitochondrial DNA take a look at.

In case your mother and father aren’t obtainable to check, hyperlink each upstream relative you could establish. By this, I imply that your youngsters and full siblings will match you on each side, so aren’t useful for parental-side project.

Individuals who have DNA assessments from each mother and father can count on round 80% of their matches to be assigned maternally, paternally, or each.

When you have kin who’ve examined at different distributors, you’ll be able to ask them to add to FamilyTreeDNA at no cost matching.


At MyHeritage, you’ll join your self and any kin whose assessments you handle to your tree.

Underneath “DNA,” choose “Handle DNA kits.”

On the proper, you’ll click on on the three dots, also referred to as a hamburger menu (who knew.)

Choose Assign (if it is a new take a look at or a switch) or Re-assign a equipment.

Make sure to do that for each equipment you handle. I made that mistake and wrote about how I found and glued the issue, right here. Package project permits Theories of Household Relativity and different super-helpful options.

I wrote about a number of issues you are able to do to optimize your possibilities of receiving Theories of Household Relativity, right here.

You possibly can add DNA kits to MyHeritage from assessments taken at different distributors, right here.

Fish in All of the Ponds

I’ve offered step-by-step obtain/add instructors for all distributors, right here. It’s essential to fish in all obtainable ponds by ensuring you’ve gotten DNA assessments in any respect 4 distributors. Then, add or create bushes and full this little bit of housekeeping to extend your possibilities of catching fish!


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