Tips for Emailing DNA Matches

Each week I get requests from DNA matches that say things like, “Hi! You’re a DNA match to me and I’d love to know how we’re related.” I always look forward to new connections and I’d like to make it easier for us to connect. Here are a few suggestions to help you...

A new AncestryDNA tool

Ancestry has rolled out a trial tool to approximately 10% of its customers. I know this makes the other 90% of us impatient but let’s hope that good things come to those who wait. This tool seems to be worth waiting for. The aim is to integrate DNA features into...

At-A-Glance Excel Pedigree Chart

A while back there was a discussion about building compact pedigree charts in Microsoft Excel. These allow us to quickly have an overview for comparison, especially with DNA matches. I took mine a step further and added locations, as well as the statistically expected...

Collecting Cousins

My name is Jennifer and I am a cousin collector. My research plan this morning was to find a living descendant of my maternal grandmother’s brother, Tom. Tom had two sons, who my grandmother referred to as “Timmy and Tommy.” Within 30 minutes, I had...