Today I sent the following email to a newly found DNA cousin match at ancestry whose great-grandmother lived right next door to my family in Kristiansand, Norway in the late 1800s. She moved to the U.S.A just a year after they did (1884 and 1885) and lived a block away from where my grandad eventually lived on Ovington Ave in Brooklyn, N.Y.
OK now I REALLY want to see where our DNA matches, because I have a large database (spreadsheets) of where my Dad, my brother and I match various known Norwegian relatives so it is likely that I can figure out from the matching DNA segment(s) where we are related and if it is really the 7th cousin match shown at Ancestry.com on the Eigeland line.
There is a new feature at GEDmatch.com – you can look at the GEDCOM of a DNA match easily again.
Take the kit number of interest and plug it into the user lookup form. On the next page, with the information about that kit, it will either say NO GEDCOM UPLOADED or there will be a GEDCOM id number. That id number is now clickable and will take you to the person associated with this kit number in the GEDCOM.
If you have not uploaded a GEDCOM to GEDmatch.com then I highly recommend that you do so. It is helpful to be able to compare your GEDCOM to that of a DNA match. I prefer just 10-12 generations of my ancestors (privatized) as my full family file is way too large. My theory being that is enough generations for DNA matching and I only want ancestors for my DNA matches to look through.
I have used red arrows on the above sample excerpt from a GEDmatch home page to show where to upload your GEDCOM file and where to click to do a user lookup.
The good news is that professional genetic genealogist Angie Bush has put together an introductory video on GEDmatch which I am embedding here for all of you.
Angie is a molecular biologist as well as a professional genealogist, so is a very qualified genetic genealogist, unlike us passionate amateurs. Better yet, she can explain difficult concepts in plain English! She has a GEDmatch basics guide for sale at a nominal cost on her site at: http://www.genesandtrees.com/products-and-services.html
There are four exciting new utilities at GEDmatch.com which I plan to cover in depth over the next several days. These are only available to for people who have donated at least $10 (every additional $10 gets you these for another month). A good way for GEDmatch to pay for their extra server costs. The rest of the site will remain free. The utilities are:
A Matching Segment Search – Get a list of all your segment matches suitable for cutting and pasting into a spreadsheet
A Relationship Tree projection – calculates probable relationship paths based on Autosomal and X-DNA Genetic Distances. It is experimental, try it and give them feedback
Lazarus – Construct a kit to represent a close ancestor, wow!
Triangulation – takes your top 300 matches and finds which ones match each other with details. The format can be copied to a spreadsheet
I think the switch from Ancestry.com DNA test results, where your tree gets searched for you, making using DNA with genealogy easy – to GEDmatch where you have to figure out how to use the data yourself, is quite difficult. So this post is an attempt to help my cousins who have tested at ancestry and uploaded to GEDmatch. It might also help others new to GEDmatch who want to look at where they match a [possible] cousin by walking through that process.
Next realize that the raw data from your test is only a small part of your genome, a sampling. It is the SNPs that are currently considered the most interesting. They represent the most likely spots where we are different from each other. If a contiguous sequence of those SNPs is the same in two people for about 10 centimorgans (cMs) or more then they are expected to share a common ancestor. With a match of 7-10 cMs it is likely but not a sure thing. There is a good article in the ISOGG wiki on the likelihood of a match at different segment sizes.
In order to see where your DNA matches someone else’s, you need your kit number and his kit number. Then you can use the one-to-one comparison to see on which chromosome(s) you match each other. Your kit number shows on your GEDmatch homepage. You can find the kit numbers of other possible relatives in the one-to-many display or perhaps your new cousin has sent you his kit number.
The image above is from a recent new match to my Dad uploaded from ancestry.com. The blue rectangle shows where there is a DNA match. The numbers in the box are what I cut and paste into my master spreadsheet for Dad.