It is so delightful that you can now easily view your past correspondence with a 23andme match! To do this go to DNA relatives, which defaults to the People section, and click on the person. This takes you to a one-to-one comparison page partially shown below.
Your most recent message will appear in a box in the right hand column and you can scroll back in that box to see previous messages, both sent and received. Not all my oldest messages are there and I am not sure why. I did find one from 2012 and all the ones since 2014 seem to be available.
I used to have to use the chrome add-on 23++ in order to search my inbox or outbox which took a long time with four years worth of messages to search. Sometimes it even crashed! This is much better.
More on the People view in DNA Relatives
Can’t find the person? You can use the search box on the right in the People view to find them, an improvement over the first roll-out of the new site. Note that the search in the DNA view works immediately as you type, no buttons to push, while the search in this People view requires you to press return. Annoying that they are different.
You can now download your aggregated results from the bottom of the People view page. The CSV file you get from that download includes all the segment information for people who are open sharing or sharing with you plus the link to view that person as compared to you. The same page you would get to from clicking on that match in the People view of DNA Relatives. If you are not sharing and they are not open, they are still included with just the link. However the only thing to be seen on the non-shares comparison page is their haplogroups.
Another improvement is the sort for your matches in that People view which has many good options. So I sorted by newest first and then clicked on page 80 to work backward through my old correspondence.
A new feature is the all the ways you can filter your DNA relatives in the People view.
There are many filters in the right hand column on the People page. At the top of the list is Notifications. Clicking on that, like any of the filters, will open it up. This one lets you know if you have any share requests or new matches. Clicking on one of these when they are not zero brings up those people in the center.
Below Notifications there is a slider you can move to select closeness of relationship. This slider can be combined with the other filters which I find very useful. However each filter has its own reset, so if you forget and leave one on when requesting another, the results may not be what you expect.
If you have a parent tested, you can select those who match that side or do not. There is also a select folks with grandparents from the same locality view which includes an Ashkenazi selection. For me a “not Ashkenazi” would be more useful to filter out the overwhelming number of matches from my one Jewish grandparent.
There is a surname selector which lets you select from the most frequent surnames among your matches.
I have expanded most of these filters in the image captured from my Dad’s page on the left.
The chromosome image used to show the DNA match on your comparison page with any person from this People view does not have the numbers. You have to use the DNA view to get those or the automated triangulation.
The DNA view in DNA relatives
The DNA side of DNA relatives is what you use to compare specific people whose names you know in the full chromosome browser. Matches who are Open Sharing are available here, as well as the folk you are sharing with.
I did not find the DNA view as intuitive as the People view. It does change the names you see in the main column immediately when you type in the top search box which is nice. Clicking on a person puts them in the next free slot in the right hand column list. The first person gets compared to everyone else when you click the Compare button at the bottom of that list. To remove a person you mouse over them on the right and click the little X.
You can put someone else in that first slot by removing the original person and then clicking someone else in. Typically I start by comparing a new match to myself, dad, my brother, and my two second cousins. Then I add their match segments from the View segment data in table at the bottom of the graphic view to my master spreadsheet. If they overlap with other matches in my sheet, I compare them to those people to see if they triangulate. Sometimes I can even place them on a specific family line this way.
If you have used the automatic triangulation to compare people you can use the Edit View on the chromosome browser page to go back to this DNA page and add more people. This option is available at both the top and the bottom of the graphic.
To see all my posts about the new version of 23andme click here or on 23andme new site in the tag cloud to the right.
My apologies to those of you who have not transitioned yet if these tantalizing glimpses are driving you crazy! It will happen for you soon, I hope.