There are two new features in the latest updates on Ancestry.com that are super exciting to me!!
The “Additional Parent Relationships” is the first new feature that I noticed. It was a very much needed addition to anybody who has an adopted family member in their tree. My Mom was adopted as I’ve mentioned in my previous posts Adoption is Another Word for Love & Do What You Love. What I found to be frustrating before this latest update, is that when I would go to her profile page I could only see her Biological Parents. If I wanted to do any research on her Adopted Parents (my grandparents) it was quite difficult to find them. I’d have to do a search.
I absolutely love that both sets of parents – biological and adopted show up on her profile page now! So very helpful. Thank you Ancestry... it’s almost worth the insane amount of money I pay every year. (If anyone has any tips on getting some sort of discount I would love to hear it, lol).
The second feature that I am finding to be helpful is the addition of the ability to filter ancestors by maternal and paternal lines in ThruLines. If you’ve not used ThruLines on Ancestry.com yet, what are you waiting for?! Go for it. As you can see in the photo below “ThruLines uses Ancestry® trees to suggest how you may be related to your DNA matches through these common ancestors.”
For me, this is a much needed and really useful change. Now when I’m researching either side of my family’s ancestors I can concentrate on just that side. I found it quite distracting before to have to scroll through pages of ancestors. It’s a much more streamlined way of looking at one branch of your family tree.
If you use Ancestry, what is your favourite feature?
A while back I sent in my DNA to be tested through Ancestry. Below are my Ethnicity Estimate results.
I was a little disappointed that there really wasn’t anything surprising to me, as I know that my Dad’s family is all from Great Britain. I don’t know what I was hoping for… a little more variety perhaps? Some big family secret?
I mentioned before that my Mom was adopted at birth, so of course the people that I called my Grandparents are nowhere to be found in my DNA results. Duh. What I do have is a large amount of matches for the Smith and Taylor families – who were her birth father and mother’s surnames. I’ve never met anyone of them yet, although I hope to one day! The next time I find myself in Michigan I will be sure to say hello. If nothing else, it confirmed for me that the names we came to know as my Mom’s birth parents were absolutely correct.
I have to admit that I was hoping for more matches on my Dad’s side of the family as Apps was my surname at birth and I feel more of a connection to this side of the family. Does that make sense?
So, to aid in my search for more Apps’, a few weeks ago I asked my Dad to spit into a tube for me and I sent in his DNA sample to Ancestry. Well, just in time for Father’s Day yesterday, I received an email that the results are in!! Take a look below…
It seems his results are not too much different than mine. England, Wales & Northwestern Europe – I’m at 89%, my Dad is at 82%. Norway – I’m at 9% and my Dad is at 4%. Ireland and Scotland – I’m at 2% and my Dad is at 12%. He also seems to have 2% from Sweden.
What interests me more and what I will be looking into over the next little while are the actual DNA matches. I’m hoping to contact some of them and see how we are related. Looks like there are 237 matches that are 4th cousins or closer, which means that I have quite a bit of work ahead of me …
Also, as a sidebar…with the two of us having 3,443 centimorgans of shared DNA – there is no question that my Dad is indeed my Dad… 🙂