How many of you have ancestors who lived in other countries, either now or at one time? I see all those hands popping up! Me too.
At MyHeritage, you can filter your DNA matches by country.
If you’ve tested elsewhere, but not at MyHeritage, you can upload your DNA from another testing company to MyHeritage, here. Step-by-step instructions, if you need them, are here.
DNA Tidbit Challenge: Sign on to your MyHeritage account and filter your DNA matches by location.
After opening your DNA match list, click on the filter icon to expose the filter options, then the down arrow shows available locations where your matches are from.
This is NOT where their ancestors are from – but where the tester themselves are from.
In my case, finding people who live in either the Netherlands or Germany and match me means there’s a good chance that they are from my mother’s Dutch or German lines since they immigrated to the US in the 1850s and 1860s.
Glancing through my match list, I notice two who share a surname I recognize. Of course, I want to determine if these people match my mother’s side of the family.
If your parents haven’t DNA tested, and can’t, other close relatives such as aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. will be useful too.
I clicked on “Review DNA Match” to review my matches information.
The first person doesn’t match my mother nor any recognizable close relatives from my father’s side, so this is likely an identical by chance (IBC) or false match.
The second person does match my mother but has not elected to compare matching segments. Unfortunately.
The common surname in their tree doesn’t reveal a common location, and their tree is very small, so my only clue left is the “Shared Ancestral Places” map.
The grey pins are my ancestors, and the black pins are my match’s ancestors.
Notice that we have clusters of ancestors in close proximity, some about 10 miles apart.
Without more robust tree information or without the ability to view DNA segments and look for triangulated matches, I’m not able to go further, at least not without contacting this match.
If my match enabled segment viewing, I would be able to paint this match at DNAPainter and likely know which line we share in common. I’ve written about how to use DNAPainter, here.
DNA Privacy Settings
Here’s how to enable segment viewing.
Your DNA Privacy settings at MyHeritage are located under the down-arrow by your profile name.
Next, click on “My DNA Preferences” and make your selection.
The MyHeritage focus in Europe pays off handsomely for people whose ancestors hailed from there – or testers who live there today. Lots of Europeans test with MyHeritage.
I have 300 matches from the Netherlands and 221 from Germany. The MyHeritage feature that allows me to sort by location is very useful. I’ll be reviewing each of these matches.
I have fewer matches on these lines overall because those immigrant ancestors have fewer descendants in the US to test – so the ability to find matches to people who don’t have US lines is a real boon. If the match is valid, that narrows the possible common ancestors immediately.
In fact, I just noticed a Dutch match with 11 common surnames and a Theory of Family Relativity.
Hot diggity – look here. Those purple pins should be colored gold because they are common ancestor locations in our tree.
This person matches and triangulates with my mother and first cousin as well. I know what I’m doing for the rest of the day!
Now, it’s your turn.
What interesting tidbits can you find when filtering by country? Do you have people in unusual countries that you don’t recognize who match you? Check it out!
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