FREE LIVE Presentation: Turning AutoClusters into Solutions at MyHeritage

You’re invited to join me for a FREE Facebook LIVE presentation on May 24th, at 2 PM EST.

We’ll be talking about tips and tricks to turn “AutoClusters into Solutions at MyHeritage.”

AutoClusters are a great tool and few of us are using them to their fullest potential. I know I wasn’t.

MyHeritage will be hosting this seminar on their Facebook page, LIVE.

I’ve done a few of these LIVE sessions before and they are SO MUCH FUN for everyone!!! They’re super popular too. We’ve had between 14,000 and 20,000 people view each one.

Want to Hear a Secret?

I’ve made three discoveries while preparing for this presentation – in the first cluster alone. I can barely stop. Who needs sleep anyway?

No, I’m really not kidding. My great-grandmother had a missing brother. We all assumed he died because we, today, couldn’t find hide nor hair of him.

Well, guess what – he’s not missing anymore. His descendants didn’t know where he came from, and we didn’t know where he went. It’s almost impossible to connect someone backward in time if you don’t have any geographic link at all.

AutoClusters ARE genetic links, from either end.

No Registration Required

You don’t need to sign up in advance. Just set a reminder and show up at the proper date and time. There’s enough “seating” for everyone, and no wait either. Can’t join us on May 24th at 2 PM EST? Don’t worry. MyHeritage records the sessions and you can watch them later.

Upload DNA Files Now!

I’m giving you this early heads-up so that you have time to upload your DNA file to MyHeritage, and the DNA of your close relatives whose tests you manage (with permission of course), if you haven’t yet done so. If you upload now, you’ll have access to all of the tools before the session.

Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Download your DNA file from either Ancestry, 23andMe, or FamilyTreeDNA. Step-by-step instructions for downloading your DNA file from each vendor can be found here.
  2. Upload your DNA file to MyHeritage. Step-by-step instructions for uploading to MyHeritage are found here.
  3. Upload or create a tree at MyHeritage or connect your relative’s DNA to their profile card in your existing tree.
  4. If you already have a fully paid data and records subscription plan at MyHeritage, you will receive all of the advanced tools, for free – including AutoClusters. You can try a free subscription if you don’t already have one, here.
  5. If you don’t have a data and records subscription plan, you’ll need to pay the $29 unlock for the advanced DNA tools, including AutoClusters, which is less expensive and quicker than testing again.

If you have close relatives who have tested elsewhere, you might want to ask them to transfer to MyHeritage as well. If they aren’t personally interested but will download their file, you can upload it and manage their DNA from your MyHeritage account.

You’ll find tools and matches at MyHeritage not available in other databases. MyHeritage is very popular in Europe. I’ve found some of my closest Dutch and German matches at MyHeritage, including in clusters.

Which is, of course, another reason to watch “Turning AutoClusters into Solutions at MyHeritage!”

Hope to see you there!



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19 thoughts on “FREE LIVE Presentation: Turning AutoClusters into Solutions at MyHeritage

  1. I may have to look into this. I just wish that they would do an update on the results. I have tested with FamilyTree DNA, Ancestry & MyHeritage. So far, Ancestry’s latest update has been the closest to my actual genealogy results. MyHeritage has been the most confusing and generic results. I know that I am NOT what they supposedly claim that I am.

    • If you’re referring to ethnicity, that’s only an estimate at any vendor. This is using matching, so not related to ethnicity.

      • My matches are virtually nonexistent on MyHeritage. I personally think that if they updated their ethnicity groups to something a bit more accurate then they would/could find better matches. I know that I have relatives that have tested with MyHeritage, but they are not showing up. They are however on Ancestry and they show up with the few matches that I have had on MyHeritage. I have contacted them and asked why it has happened and I have only received a generic response and of course a sales pitch for genealogy services!!

        • Andrea, are you looking at your MyHeritage dna matching page? That’s where your relatives will be, ranked in order of most related first, through to least related.
          As Roberta says, don’t worry too much about ethnicity amounts or lack of – these are a fun feature but often too vague. The autosomal dna matching is where you should focus.

          • Yes. The DNA matches are truly lacking on MyHeritage. I just have had bad luck with their overall results and matches.

  2. Seems like no one says anything about Ancestry, the one with the largest database anymore, wonder why.

    • Well, in this case, Ancestry doesn’t have a cluster tool. Ancestry also doesn’t provide segment information. You can’t do as much with your results at Ancestry. I’ve written about Ancestry many times.

      • Thank you, I use Gedmatch for most of that , it is a shame ancestry never would provide a chromosome browser and I think it hurts them dearly.

  3. I will mark that on my calendar. There is always something new to discover. In the last two nights, I have been re-examining some connected clusters and segments and trying a few new ideas. I was excited to find several additional pieces of the puzzle. It is very useful to go back with a fresh angle or approach to working with the data.

  4. I have an important appointment during that time. Glad it will be recorded so I can listen later. I need all the help I can get when it comes to the autocluster tool. Thanks for doing this one.

  5. Thank you for the information. I’ve wanted to learn more about what can be done with the autoclusters from myheritage. I’d like to know I’m using the tool properly to get the best results. (I followed the link from your FB group to this post.)

  6. Oh, no! Right in the middle of my doctor appointment. So glad they will record, but I would rather see you live … actually really live, not virtual! Where do they put the recording?

    • I will confirm. I’m in EST but we spring forward and fall back so I guess that’s EDT. MyHeritage will also announce it on their Facebook page and generally on their blog too. However, right now, Tel Aviv is under attack so I won’t be confirming until things settle down. Maybe I’ll give it as GMT and people can convert from that.

  7. That was a clear and enjoyable presentation. It is always useful to take another look at data with the a fresh eye of inspiration after a seminar. I quickly headed down the rabbit hole with a variety of ideas, but it was a productive visit. New ideas and leads are always exciting and there can be an entire treasure chest of information buried in clusters (even when not many of your matches are over 40 cm). I have a lot of information and history on some clusters, even when matches are from the time period where Irish records get quite thin, because the cluster as a whole told a story.

    One interesting clue another of your blogs brought to solving a cluster came from reading something you had written about plat maps. I had not heard of them before that. I applied that idea to a cousin line partially based in the US that I was working on. It turns out that a significant number of matches to my mother and I, on one portion of chromosome 7, had ancestors whose properties were all on one Minnesota area plat map. I searched other surnames on the map and used those name to search records for marriages to some of the women, figuring their marriage prospects were likely on that map (they were indeed there). This expanded the tree further and allowed me to search my DNA results for even more related matches. I was also able to sort out some pages in the census that must have ended up in a mixed up order by using the proximity of properties on the map to work out which children and other pieces of information went with which family. I have now figured out exactly how all these matches relate to one another. I know the history forward and backward in time from that plat map. I also have a pretty good idea of how they relate to my mother and I and where and when that connection came from (northwest corner of County Mayo prior to 1840). I can also connect this group in time and place to other matches on that chromosome who have never set foot in the US. The plat map representing a good portion of one cluster was a really cool find.

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