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  • How Long Do 23andMe DNA Results Take in 2021?
    The 23andMe website says that they typically take 6 to 8 weeks to produce your DNA results from your kit arrives at the lab. Last year, some happy customers reported that their results took only two weeks to be ready. But are there delays in current times? I’ve checked the genealogy forums to see what … Read more
  • How Often Does Ancestry Update Ethnicity Estimates?
    You probably know that Ancestry updates your ethnicity estimates from time to time. But how often does this happen? And what kind of changes do they make to your results? This article looks at updates in the last few years to predict when the next change will happen in 2021. We’ll also explain why your … Read more
  • Are Ancestry Results The Same For Siblings? (Real-Life Examples)
    This article will show you that Ancestry DNA results are not the same for siblings. Indeed, you may be surprised at the differences. Three families who took multiple DNA tests with Ancestry.com kindly shared their results with me. This lets me show you lots of pictures from the Ancestry displays. (The tester names are altered … Read more
  • Average Number Of DNA Matches On Ancestry (Statistics In 2021)
    I surveyed over forty people to estimate the average number of DNA matches on Ancestry. The company hasn’t published recent statistics, and I was curious about what the numbers would look like in 2021. The total counts range from five thousand matches to over 150 thousand. But the very low and very high numbers aren’t … Read more
  • How Often Does Ancestry Update DNA Matches? (Statistics in 2021)
    If you’re hoping for that one new match that could tear down a brick wall, you’re probably wondering how often does Ancestry update your DNA matches. Ancestry provides an instant count of your total matches, but it doesn’t show you a history of how your numbers have grown. To figure out how often your DNA … Read more
  • Who Owns MyHeritage? (All The Facts)
    There is a common misconception that MyHeritage is owned by Ancestry. These two rivals are not connected, and MyHeritage is an independent company. So, who actually owns MyHeritage? This article will give the short answer, and also explores the major investors and influencers in MyHeritage. Who Owns MyHeritage? The MyHeritage website is owned by a … Read more
  • GEDmatch Surname Search For Matches – Review And Tips
    GEDmatch released the Surname Search tool at the end of January 2021. This is part of the paid set of tools. It lets you search for any combination of surnames across the GEDCOM trees of your DNA matches. I’ve got two thumbs up with how it integrates with the One-To-One GEDCOM comparison tool. Used together, … Read more
  • How To Hide Or Block Ancestry DNA Matches (With Pictures)
    You can remove any DNA match from your match list page by “hiding” them. It’s important to understand that hiding a DNA match does not remove you from their list. You can’t see them, but they can still see you! If you actually want to be hidden from your DNA matches, you can opt out … Read more
  • Why Have My Ancestry Matches Disappeared? (Explained & Fixed)
    Are you looking in vain for an Ancestry DNA match that you’re certain you saw before in your match list? Do you see an empty web page where your match list should be? Or are you wondering why half your Ancestry matches have disappeared? This article runs through every scenario of the incredible disappearing Ancestry … Read more
  • GEDmatch Oracle Explained (For Beginners)
    This article provides a step-by-step tutorial on using GEDmatch Oracle within an Admixture project. We’ll address the basic concepts first, and then walk step-by-step through using and interpreting Oracle results. The original creator of the Oracle utility described it as a “little fun tool“. Bear in mind that the results are highly speculative. But they … Read more