Tuesday, 13 November 2018

MyHeritage unveils Shared Ancestral Places for DNA matches

MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com) has revealed a new feature for its DNA platform - Shared Ancestral Places:



Shared Ancestral Places refer to towns, countries, or U.S. states that appear in your family tree as well as in the family trees of your DNA Matches, where birth or death events of your ancestors (and those of your DNA Matches’ ancestors) took place. These places are identified going back up to 10 generations and can play a vital role in family history research.

When you review a DNA Match, it’s not always clear how the match is related to you and who your common ancestor may be. Up until now, you may be able to figure out how your DNA Matches are related to you by looking at the family trees of your matches, the Shared Ancestral Surnames, or Smart Matches™ that exist between your trees.

If you and a DNA Match have a Shared Ancestral Place, you will be armed with more information to investigate the match further. You may be able to determine which common ancestor you and your match share from whom you both inherited the same DNA segments.

This new feature has added value whether you and your DNA Match have shared origins in a major city or in a small, remote village. For example, if you and a DNA Match both have ancestors who were born or died in the small town of Borșa, in Maramureș County, Romania, this may assure you that you and the match are indeed related, and will help you figure out where the connection comes from. Even if you and your match have ancestral events in a major city, the fact that you have that city in common already narrows down your search significantly, and can help provide additional clues as to how you might be related.

The full annoucnement is available at https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/11/shared-ancestral-places-added-to-myheritage-dna-matches/.

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)

Chris

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