If you starred or noted matches, and if those matches got deleted during the Ancestry update, Ancestry has created a file for you to download. It’s located under your setting gear wheel, to the right of your name.
Click on settings gear wheel. On the right you will be an “Actions” box.
Click on “Download Expired Matches.”
This downloads a file which you can open or save.
I saved mine and opened it to find 16 lost matches, all in the 5th to 8th cousin range. Keep in mind that I only starred my leaf matches with whom I shared DNA and a common ancestor, so I know how I match these people and which ancestor we share.
And am I ever glad I starred and noted these, because these 16 really useful matches would have been gone forever otherwise.
|M. M.||name||5th – 8th cousins||YES||John R. Estes and Nancy Ann Moore.|
The information provided by Ancestry for each lost match that was starred or noted is shown above.
Of my 226 leaf matches, I lost 16, but overall, my new leaf count is 254, which means that I actually have 44 new leaf matches. While I really am thrilled about that, I’m extremely glad that they gave us this option and that I starred my previous leaf matches. Nobody wants to lose useful data.
Ancestry indicates these removed matches will only be available for a limited time, although in the past they have been very generous with that timeframe. However, download them now, so you don’t forget.