As I’ve been preparing for the free seminar, “Turning AutoClusters into Solutions at MyHeritage” on Monday, May 24th at 2 PM EDT (US), I realized something VERY important that I’d like to share with you – in advance.
By the way, to watch the presentation live, just click on the Facebook MyHeritage page, here a few minutes before 2. If you’re busy, MyHeritage will record the session and you can watch at your convenience.
Upload Family Tests
One of your best clues will be who else your cluster members match. Known relatives are a huge clue!
I did all that, but I <ahem> neglected a really important step after the upload.
Connect the DNA Test to the Right Person in the Appropriate Tree
I have no idea how I managed to NOT do this, but I didn’t and I made this discovery while working on my clusters.
- As I checked the DNA tests that I manage at MyHeritage, I realized that none of them had Theories of Family Relativity. Hmmm, that’s odd, because some of them are my close relatives, and I have Theories of Family Relativity. They should too, given that we are using the same tree.
- Then, I verified that all of these tests were connected to my tree. Good, right?
Those two facts, together, didn’t make sense, so I investigated further and realized that somehow, I had managed to create a single entry for each person, disconnected from everyone else in my tree. That lone person is who the DNA kit was connected to, but not to anyone else in my tree.
How did I make that discovery?
More importantly, how can you check each of the tests that you manage to be sure they are connected appropriately?
Even if you’re SURE you’ve connected them, please check. I discovered that I had connected them, kind of. But not properly.
Let’s look at each step so you can check too.
Are Your Tests Connected?
At the top of your account page, select Family Tree.
If you have uploaded multiple family trees, be sure to select the CORRECT family tree where the person should be connected.
If you are related to that person by blood, then connecting them to the proper place in YOUR family tree is best. If you are not related to them by blood, such as an in-law or spouse or someone else entirely, then you can either connect them to the proper place in your tree or upload a separate tree for them. For example, my spouse and I do not have children together, so there will never be anyone who shares both of our DNA or ancestors. I uploaded a separate tree for his family so his family can see tree members that are only relevant to him.
After you click on Family Tree, on the left side, you’ll see the tree name and down arrow. If you click on the down arrow, the active tree is displayed as orange, and the other trees you have uploaded are grey.
Be SURE the tree the person should be connected in is the active tree by clicking the appropriate tree.
Find the Person
At the far right-hand side of your tree page, type the name of the person whose test you’re managing, by the name listed on the test.
If the person is NOT connected to a family in your tree, you’ll see something like the view above that shows their name but no appropriate relationship. The item blurred out below Charlene’s name is the year she was born based on what was entered when the kit was uploaded.
If the person IS connected appropriately, you’ll see the correct relationship to you.
If your relative’s relationship is shown appropriately to you, next, click on that person’s name to be SURE you’ve connected the DNA kit to that person.
When you click on that person, you’ll see their name displayed in their position in the tree, along with the DNA symbol.
If you DON’T see a DNA symbol on their tree placard, this may mean you’re in the wrong tree. It definitely means there is no DNA kit attached to this person’s profile in this tree.
For example, my husband is in my tree and in his own tree, but his DNA is connected to him in his own tree, not “him” in my tree. His name in his tree has a DNA icon and his name in my tree does not. If I accidentally connected him to his name in my tree, he would have no genetic tree-based tools because his ancestors aren’t in my tree.
DNA Symbol But No Family
If you see a DNA symbol on their placard in the tree, but no parents or family members, you’ve probably done what I did. Poor Charlene was connected to her own card in my tree, but not the Charlene where she belonged. I had apparently created a quick placeholder for her and then forgot what I had done.
When I saw that Charlene had no family, the light bulb popped on and I immediately knew what had happened. Of course, that means you need to build your tree out to that cousin in order to connect them appropriately.
It’s easy to connect a DNA test kit to a profile in a tree.
Under DNA, click on “Manage DNA Kits.”
You’ll see that the person has been assigned to a name. This is what threw me off, because they were connected to a name, but I had NOT connected that profile properly to her parents (and family) in the tree. I’m guessing I was in a hurry and figured I’d connect them properly later.
Again, be sure you’re displaying the appropriate tree before you complete this next step.
Click on the three little dots and you’ll see “Re-assign kit to a different person.” Click on that link.
Begin typing the name of the person whose DNA test kit you wish to attach to a profile.
You’ll see the right person, assuming you’ve added that person in your tree. Click on that person and then Save.
If the correct person isn’t in your tree yet, just build the tree from Charlene’s stand-alone profile to the proper ancestor.
Reap the Harvest!
Now, you’ll begin to reap ALL the rewards of having your relatives test. Their kits will receive matches, hints, Theories of Family Relativity and AutoClusters that you won’t, because they will match different people that you don’t.
You’ll be able to utilize their clusters from your side of their tree just as effectively as your own. In some cases, their tests will be more valuable than your own because they have DNA from your common ancestors that you didn’t inherit. This is especially true for people who are a generation or two closer to your common ancestor.
Whose tests can you upload, with permission of course?
Be sure those kits are properly connected.
See you all tomorrow on MyHeritage Facebook LIVE to learn about Turning AutoClusters into Solutions.
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