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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Ancestry DNA Matches Updated Display
« on: Thursday 20 June 24 11:28 BST (UK)  »
Kitty Cooper has done a blog post, with screen shots!

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Ancestry DNA Matches Updated Display
« on: Thursday 20 June 24 11:22 BST (UK)  »
You need to have a 'proper' membership/subscription to be eligible to purchase Pro Tools.

I suggest people log out of Ancestry. Then try to purchase Pro Tools using this link:

I didn't have the Beta version when I tried this - and I only went looking for Pro Tools because someone said they had the new tools.

It's possible that Ancestry is still rolling it out - and that I got lucky.

brigidmac - The new DNA tools available with Pro Tools are very easy to understand and make life so much easier. The only trick is when looking at the matches you share with a match, in the bottom left hand corner there will be 1 and an arrow or 1 of 1 - the former means click on the arrow to go to the next page.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: FTDNA mystery
« on: Thursday 20 June 24 11:05 BST (UK)  »
There might be some number rounding going on.

I share 23 cM with Ted. The summary says our longest block is 17 cM. When I look at the Chromosome Browser, I match Ted on 2 Chromosomes, with 6.6 cM on one and with 16.6 cM on the other.

I share 23 cM with Maureen, apparently with a longest block of 16 cM. The Chromosome Browser show a 6.9 cM segment and a 16 cM segment.

I share 23 cM with Michael - longest segment 23 cM. And that is what the CB shows.

I think we do need to be careful when doing family history (especially with DNA). And I also think we should be kind. Given that you value your relationship with your Nan, that is probably your key consideration. But if Nan hated one or both of her parents, then that is another consideration. A thing to remember is that once the genie is out of the bottle, there is no going back. Take care.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: FTDNA mystery
« on: Thursday 20 June 24 04:47 BST (UK)  »
For a long time, FTDNA counted every speck of DNA - which meant the shared cM amounts were inflated. A year or so ago, and after much criticism, FTDNA stopped including tiny specks in the shared cM amount. So the 'missing' DNA would be those tiny specks. And the revised shared cM amount will better reflect the likely relationship.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Ancestry DNA Matches Updated Display
« on: Wednesday 19 June 24 15:40 BST (UK)  »
Yes - people outside the USA who use that USA link, then log in with their usual details, will with an ounce of luck be able to subscribe to Pro Tools and get the new DNA tools.

Some people who already have a Pro Tools subscription are saying they can't see the new tools - perhaps they need to log out, then log in again.

Some people are saying they still have coloured dots, not coloured squares - I have dots on my 1st page, then squares for matches!

You need a 'proper' Ancestry subscription/membership in order to be able to purchase Pro Tools (AncestryDNA Plus is not sufficient).

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Ancestry Pro Tools & the new DNA tools
« on: Wednesday 19 June 24 13:25 BST (UK)  »
Yikes! Someone mumbled something in a meeting about having just got Ancestry Pro Tools and that it was showing them stuff. So I asked if it is now showing how much DNA you and a match share with a shared match. Yes, came the answer.

So I went looking for Ancestry Pro Tools. The only way I could find Pro Tools was to do an internet search, which turned up the page below. I clicked on Purchase, logged in and added Pro Tools to my Ancestry account.

A totally unexpected benefit of Pro Tools (which they might end up turning off) is that I can now see shared matches that were previously invisible due to the 20 cM / 20 cM match rule.

For example, I have several key (small - 20 cM) matches for whom I previously had no shared matches (as there were no matches with whom we both shared 20 cM or more). Now I have shared matches for them - with my amount of shared DNA being less than 20 cM.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Gedmatch Users
« on: Tuesday 11 June 24 15:02 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for the update.

My understanding of the situation is that you need to make sure the email address in your GEDmatch account is the one you want to use for GEDmatch. If it isn't the one you want to use (e.g. no longer valid, not your preferred email address), then you should change it by 13 June (as it will apparently be a bit of a chore to change it after that).

Around 18 June, when you log in, you will be asked to change your password (it looks as if you might have to click on Forgotten Password, but we will see).

Around that time, GEDmatch will begin to allow you to log in using certain social media account details - but my recollection from some years ago is that this is not a good idea.

And at some stage, a two-step (?) log-in verification process will be introduced.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Ancestry DNA Matches Updated Display
« on: Tuesday 11 June 24 03:22 BST (UK)  »
After all the negative comments about the new beta version of AncestryDNA, I managed to access an account that has beta rolled out. And...

I like the beta version!

I like having page numbers - for me it makes going through matches much easier. You can change the number of matches per page from 20 to 50 by scrolling down to the toggle in the bottom left hand corner. And you can jump pages (if you are on page 2 or more) by changing the page number at the end of the URL (in the address bar), then pressing enter or return.

Having the 1st letter/number of the group now appear in the coloured square also works for me - as my paternal groups all begin with P and my maternal groups with M. Thus the colour is less important, as my 'squared' matches now have P or M displayed.

I like being able to do more things from the match list, rather than having to go into the match entry. For example, adding/editing comments.

It took me awhile to find the list of groups (coloured squares), but I finally found it in the dropdown under: More filters...

Two changes I would suggest are: (1) being able to arrange matches from smallest to biggest and (2) moving the line from under a match (which splits the match from its notes and coloured squares) to beneath the notes and coloured squares.

The beta changes are minor. The big changes will come when Pro Tools rolls out with the new DNA tools. More colours. More groups. And showing how much DNA your match shares with the match you share.

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