Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Genealogical DNA Testing AFFORDABLE Again


The "Big-3" DTC DNA companies (23andMe, AncestryDNA and FamilyTreeDNA) now offer autosomal DNA testing (ethnicity admixture and genetic relative matching) at affordable prices again. Finally. I believe competition is great because it allows those of us serious about genetic genealogy and adoptees to fish in all the big ponds. That's right, you should be testing at all three of these companies for a full-circle experience. Don't listen to the biased agenda-mongers because these tests are totally worth it. Your budget may allow you to do only one test at a time, but still plan to test at all three even it takes a year or two. (For an in-depth analysis on what each of these DTC DNA tests have to offer, you can read my "Best DNA Tests For..." blogs here and here.) I have all three listed here (in alphabetical order):

23andMe is now offering an ancestry-only test (includes autosomal-DNA testing; mitochondrial-DNA and Y-DNA haplogroup predictions; Neanderthal testing, and raw data) at its former low price of $99 ... Order here.

AncestryDNA is normally $99 but can be ordered anytime for $79 by using one of these methods below:

via DNA Testing Advisor: 
1. Click this link first: This gives [DNA Testing Advisor] credit for the referral. Don't worry that the price will still show as $99.
2. Click this link second: This opens an order form where you enter your contact information or sign in if you already have an Ancestry account. On the next page you will see the $79 price. Enter the number of kits you wish to order and continue.

via Facebook group DNA Detectives:
Please join Facebook group DNA Detectives here and then visit the PINNED POST at the top of the page where you will see instructions to order at the $79 price. 

FamilyTreeDNA lowered its FamilyFinder test from $99 to $79 ... Order here.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Family Reunions: A Finding Your Roots Review

Welcome to the ROOTS section of my blog where I focus on general and personal genealogical subjects of my interest. Most of the time these blogs will be short digs where only limited research is performed. Last year I promised to join fellow bloggers covering the sensational "PBS Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr." In order to fulfill my covenant I'm using my "ROOTS" blogs to review this award-winning TV series in a creative way. Enjoy:
The fifth installment of season three's PBS Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr: Family Reunions (FYR 3:5) aired on February 16, 2016 (8pm EST), and was arguably the best episode ... ever. Join me as I discuss the reuniting genealogical stories of(I) LL Cool J; and (II) Sean Combs.

Family Reunions. The summertime fodder when we're all under the blazing Ra gettin' stuffed, making moments with kinfolk and who's-dat-girls on alopecia-riddled tuft. Paper plates buffed with fire-grilled delights and smokescreen cups filled with igniting nutcracker spikes. Ma Dukes spilling oolong family teas, and havin' hissy fits at the kids tryin' to get dibs on Grandpa's famous ribs. Nearby banshee boys cocking stunts on dirty-red bikes, performing Tasmania Devil stunts that would make even Evil Kniviel crunk. New jacks being told to pull up their sags by OG’s imbibing down libations in brown paper bags. Apple-synched ladybugs acting all laissez faire while well-I-never Aunt Tee throwing shady side-eyes at Uncle Dee's wandering stare. Soul train', Cha-Cha vs. electric slidin', the running man and Frankie Beverly finger-snapping thanks to cousin DJ. But here's the remix: 

My former residence in a Harlem Brownstone, which
 included actress Merle Dandridge and singer Kelis
(who lived across the street)
FYR 3:5's theme was more about reconciling with our biological pasts and featured two prolific Hip-Hop icons: LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" CombsI was extremely contented to learn these luminaries would be the knighted with the FYR's proverbial Book of Life. Not only did I grow up with their music, I've been in these super-icons' presence or someone connected to them on several occasions during the course of my entertainment journalism career. I was Harlem brownstone neighbors with the maître d'hôtel for Diddy's (former) Manhattan restaurant, Justin's, as well as rising star Merle Dandridge of stage(Broadway musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, SpamalotRent)and TV (Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf). And the mother of Diddy's son Misa Hylton-Brim lived just two blocks away from us. Further milkshake singer Kelis (ex-wife to rapper Nas) lived across the street from us, and the Shaft (2000) sequel was filmed right outside of my window. So this episode was going to hit home in many ways, and I was eager to see what Dr. Gates would uproot for these enigmatic guests. 

Screen-grab of PBS Finding Your Roots set showing genetic genealogist 
CeCe Moore (inset, foreground & left), with host Henry Louis Gates Jr. 
(background, center). 

Dr. Gates— with the help of genetic genealogist CeCe Moore, and a whip-crack research team 
discovered a surprise adoption in LL's family, and uncovered heroic stories steep in Comb's uncharted pedigree. To note here, CeCe Moore's amazing DNA detective work pushes this episode to the pinnacle of the entire series. She is surely becoming our national search angel and family-finder laureate. [I highly recommend joining Moore and Christa Stalcup's wildly successful Facebook group DNA Detectives here for adoptees and anyone in search of their biological heritage using DNA.]

(I) LL COOL J = Ladies Love Cool James
 LL Cool J @ hip-hop event, Brooklyn Museum, c. early 2000's. Photo by TL Dixon
LL Cool J is one of the greatest rappers of all times, as well as a successful film and TV star. He was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, NY, to Ondrea Griffith and James Louis Smith(aka James Nunya). As long as I can remember, all the way back in 1985 when LL burst onto the scene, he doted on his maternal grandparents Eugene Griffith and Ellen (nee Hightower)because helped raise and nurture him. When LL was four, he saw his mother and grandfather shot by his own father. His mother split from his dad, and they moved in with the Griffith's in Hollis, Queenswhere he honed his craft. 

LL first learns that he has free African-American ancestors in his lineage. His great-great-grandfather Nathaniel Lewis was born in Pennsylvania long after the state outlawed slavery, while his great-great-grandmother Elmira was born in Ohio, a free state. A nice start since many African-Americans don't often come across such ancestors in their research. 

However I wasn't prepared for what happened when Dr. Gates honed in on LL's maternal side.

FYR 3:5's on-air genetic consultant CeCe Moore, with the help of researcher Amy Trammel, began working on LL's maternal side of the family with DNA testing, including his mother and her parents. 

Soon enough CeCe Moore was able to identify Ondrea's second cousin once removed. Moore also found a biological niece(Ondrea's first cousin) of LL's grandmother Ellen Hightower. The results showed no match between his mother Ondrea and her mother's niece. Moore also tested a nephew of LL's grandfather Eugene and Ondrea didn't match him either! So now neither parent shared a biological connection with Ondrea. DNA does not lie. Or does it?

Turning to Ondrea's genetic relative matches on her DNA test, CeCe Moore got lucky. She found a genetic relative whom shared about 14% of her DNA with Ondrea. This relative's name was Joan Lewis, but she didn't have any obvious relationship with Ondrea according to Joan's family tree. Nevertheless this was certainly a close relative that could help solve this unexpected mystery. This amount of DNA (@ 14%) shared between Ondrea and Joan is usually an indication of a great-grandparent/great-grandchild; first cousins; great-uncle; aunt/great-nephew or niece, half-uncle or aunt/half-nephew or niece (see autosomal statistics here). Moore also discovered that Joan had four uncles, and they in turn had children, so FYR 3:5 tested them all. 

Meanwhile Dr. Gates began searching the New York state birth index for LL's mother Ondrea Griffith, who was born on January 19, 1946. Strangely her birth certificate showed no parents! Furthermore her birth certificate was issued on May 13, 1947 more than a year after Ondrea was born. A delayed birth certificate is a sure sign of adoption. Right?

LL Cool J's mother Ondrea Griffith delayed birth certificate. Screen grab from FYR.

The delayed birth certificate raised Gates curiosity so he wanted to see if he could find Ondrea's original record (the one recorded on the day she was born). Gates honed in on her birth certificate number 2221 and searched the index again. They soon came upon a match to "Andrea Jolly" who was also born January 19, 1946!

Now Ondrea Griffith actually had questions about her mother Ellen Hightower. Growing up there were family "whispers" that her mother Ellen may not be a biological one. Ondrea's father Eugene supposedly had a child with a "mistress" while he served in the Korean War, and when Ondrea was born the mistress dropped her on the door step of LL's maternal grandparents. However Ondrea never thought much of the rumors, and never questioned her parents ... nor did she tell FYR's producers about it at first. 

FYR 3:5 struck gold when Ondrea came up with an even closer DNA match from Joan's family by name of Claudia Lewis, who in turn was the daughter of a Nathaniel Christy Lewis. Ondrea and Claudia shared about 24.7% DNA, which indicates a half-sibling, grandparent, uncle/aunt or niece/nephew. 

It turns out that LL's mother Ondrea Griffith and Claudia Lewis were half-sisters just as the DNA predicted! They shared the same father Nathaniel Christy Lewis, a boxer who had a relationship with the woman found on Ondrea's original birth record  Ethel Mae Jolly.  Ondrea and Joan Lewis were cousins. 

LL Cool J soon learned that his mother's biological family had relocated to Arizona. Of course he flew there to a meet and embrace them, including aunts, cousins and ... his mother's mother. Yes, Ondrea's mother was still alive. At the family's reuniting LL also discovered that his grandfather Nathaniel had a more famous brother  John Henry Lewis , a  hall-of-fame African American boxer and world Light Heavyweight champion from 1935 to 1939. Talk about Mama Said Knock You Out!

II. SEAN COMBS = Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy 
I ran into Sean Diddy Comb's at a Baby Phat show during NYC Fashion Week. The first pic is of Diddy himself. The bottom left pic shows (l-r) Russell Simmons, Andre Harrell,  Diddy &  Rev. Run. The bottom right pic shows
Rev. Run with me (right). TL Dixon's private photo collection.
Sean Combs, also known variously as Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is one of world's most successful hip-hop music and business moguls. He was born Sean John Combs on November 4, 1969 in Harlem, New York City, to Melvin Earl Combs, a military officer and Janice (nee Smalls), a former model and teacher's assistant

Diddy's early years were spent in a Harlem public housing project but his family moved to neighboring Mount Vernon, New York, when he was about 7 years of age. From there Diddy boot-strapped his way to the top. After dropping out his second year in Howard University, he began his entertainment career as a talent director at Uptown Records in 1993, to later founding his own label Bad Boy Entertainment (producing such mega stars as Notorious B.I.G.)and a vast business empire, including his wildly successful namesake Sean John fashion line.

Focusing on Diddy's paternal side, we learn that his father Melvin served in the US Air Force and was stationed in Yongdugpo, Korea (it was one country then), during the beginning of the Cold War. Melvin and his unit was charged with trucking ammunition and other supplies. The courageous efforts of Melvin and his troop-mates didn't go unnoticed. They were recipients of a good conduct medal; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Melvin served seven months in the Marine Corps and four years in the US Air Force. It made Diddy feel proud to hear empowering stories about his African-American ancestors. This was a welcoming change from the stories usually perpetuated about his father's connections to legendary Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas

Continuing on Diddy's paternal lineage, Dr. Gates was able to trace his pedigree to his African-American 3rd-great-grandfather Robert AllsupDiddy's 3rd-great-grandfather born in Maryland in 1849, a year Dr. Gates pointed out for African-Americans that historically meant being enslaved. However scrutinizing the 1850 US census for Baltimore, Gates made a tantalizing discovery:

Robert Allsup was listed in plain sight. Since enslaved Africas were only recorded by age and sex in federal census slave records prior to 1870, this discovery meant Diddy's 3rd-great-grandfather was free. Thus, Dr. Gates was able to advance Diddy's Allsup line to Robert's parents Thomas Allsup (born c. 1811 in Maryland) and his wife Nancy (born 1818 in Maryland), Sean's 4th-great-grandparents. And they were also free!

FYR 3:5 excels here again by providing historical context to their research. Dr. Gates explains that before emancipation over 90% of Africans in America were enslaved. Still Maryland was a place where a significant number of slave owners freed their slaves either because it was becoming unprofitable or for moral reasons, or both. According to Dr. Gates, about 75,000 of "free people color" were living in 19th-century Maryland, the most of any state at that time. As a result white people were "terrified" and passed a series of oppressive laws. 
Newspaper ad showing  Diddy's free 3rd-great-grandfather erroneously being
accused of being a runway slave.  FYR screen-grab.
This also means African-American with a free status were constantly under threat of becoming 12-Years-A-Slave. Indeed Diddy's 3rd-great-grandfather Robert Allsup was accused of being a runaway slave and thrown into jail. He was eventually released and afterward joined the US Civil War where he fought for the Union in the Battle of the CraterRobert survived and went home to start his family.

I found Diddy's reaction striking when he learned of his free ancestors and how they were constantly under threat by a society that felt all African-Americans should be enslaved. Diddy actually felt conflicted that not all of his free forebears were slaves. 

Says Diddy, "I can't imagine as I sit here and um, I think about the things that I had to go through to get the point that I am now. It's nothing in comparison. You know, and uh, things that I felt were obstacles could no way measure up to what it took to have this dream become a reality." Not surprisingly Dr. Gates found enslaved ancestors on Diddy's maternal side.

FYR 3:5 in this instance reunited Diddy with his past ancestors. And it seems Can't Nobody Hold Me Down has been an epigenetic theme in Diddy's bloodline.

The (W)rap-Up
On FYR 3:5 we watched Queens-born LL Cool L discover an adoption surprise in his family, while Harlem-native Sean "Diddy Combs has a genealogical pedigree that includes free African ancestors. In each instance they were reunited with their roots  LL Cool J with his biological family and Diddy his ancestors of the past.  Dr. Gates and CeCe Mooore's masterful use of traditional genealogy hunting, DNA analysis and ultimately reuniting long lost family created the total FYR experience.

There was a fair amount of DNA discussion in this episode but only for LL Cool J. Since I'm a big fan of ethnicity admixture estimates I would've like to see what they were made of. Nevertheless a non-issue compared to each celebrity's openness to exploring their personal genetic ancestry stories with the world.

Clearly LL Cool J's adoption story overshadowed everything else on the showTo this extent it was was not clear if his mother Ondrea connected with her biological mother, but it leaves one to wonder if there were uneasy feelings. LL Cool J's [adoptive] grandparents actually legally adopted his mother, but they never made it known to either of them. 

Yet, this FYR episode was like a high-profile de facto US Supreme Court case in favor of all adoptees. Let me explain:

In my family there is an old saying that "blood is thicker than water, but shit is thicker than that!"
Many adoptees often grow up being treated as if they are branded with a scarlet letter A on their chests. Beyond their adoptive parents and siblings, adoptees often feel like outsiders by their other family members, who have no idea how they're treating a relative who is supposed to be thought of as blood kin. It's depressing to always have to "acknowledge" being adopted, or be subjected to family discrimination. 

In LL's mother situation she did not know about her adoption so she may have had conflicting feelings about meeting her biological parent (i.e. abandonment or being forced to choose between adoptive and birth parents). On the other hand, her biological mother may not have wanted contact with her because of guilt or shame. Whatever the circumstances I unequivocally believe adoptees have a birth right to know about their genetic ancestry and health history, even in instances where one of the parties wishes no contact (which should be respected). This also exemplifies the notion of "it takes a village" because family bonds exceed blood ties and conventional definitions of it. 

As a result FYR 3:5 exposed a major sub-theme: forgiveness. That is, in any situation with reuniting with family  presuming there was a prior separation, estrangement or some other colorful disconnect  forgiveness is the key to moving forward with a successful reunification and ongoing relationship. In this instance LL's mother was able to forgive her adoptive parents for legally adopting her, but again we don't know if this extended to her biological mother. 

Oprah Winfrey once said of her own (no pun intended) newly discovered biological sister's strained relationship with their mother: "Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could’ve been any different. So you don’t hold on to wishing that you’d had a different kind of brother, a different kind of mother, a different kind of family. You let that go and you move forward with the grace that God has given you. From this day on, forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could’ve been any different."

In this regard, LL Cool J elevates from the G.O.A.T to a Saint and Diddy is definitely a Bad Boy forever. ... *Drops Mic.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Adoptee Ancestors in Genealogical Research
"Dearly beloved, We are gathered here today 2 get through this thing called ..."... Genetic Genealogy. 
Welcome to the ROOTS section of my blog where I focus on traditional genealogical and DNA stories of my interest. This short  and fun   dive discusses the discovery of "adopted" ancestors in genealogical research. Dedicated to the legendary music Icon PRINCE Rogers Nelson (1958 - 2016). Enjoy: 

"I was dreamin' when I wrote this, So sue me if I go 2 fast, But life is just a party, and parties weren't meant 2 last." ...  You always party like it's 1999 when you're able to advance the family tree backward (or forward) another generation. That is, until you find yourself in 1899 and discover that your ancestor is listed as "Adopted" in a genealogical record! Have you ever unexpectedly come across such an ancestor in your research? If yes, what challenges were presented to you? Were you ever successful in finding your ancestor’s adoptive and biological family roots?  

Now remember I'm talking about your ancestors from say a century ago. Not your living or recently deceased relatives. I suspect many adoptions 100+ years ago were informal and never even made public. For African-Americans think of how the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, subsequent institution of human chattel bondage, and eventual emancipation were catalysts and a continuum for many informal adoptions of children, adults and their own family members. 

Blessedly or cursedly be damned, discovering an ancestor documented as "adopted" is actually not a bad thing. At least you know it happened. But you're also at the mercy of the record keepers and census enumerators of yore, and the latter often recorded what they saw or were told  — on-site and sight unseen. Not to mention your return to the proverbial drawing board in a hardscrabble attempt to document your "new" family branch and to recalibrate your genealogical pedigree. The good news is there's something you can do about it!

"Let's go crazy. Let's get nuts." By now I know you're wondering what does all of this have to do with Prince? ...  I can tell you now  — I won't be revealing that I'm his long lost relative. I'm just strung lovesexy for his artistry and song! So I know you'll believe me when I tell you that the musical demigod himself gave me a departing wink. And you'll soon learn why as I discuss: (1) adopted ancestors in genealogical research; (2) tips for researching adopted ancestors, and (3) a glimpse of early Americana. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

New IN COMMON WITH tool at 23andMe

On May 26, 2016, announced a new DNA Relatives In Common With feature for users on its new platform. This is very exciting news because the new tool will help us figure out who's related to whom among our DNA matches. Of course there are some caveats. Please read the announcement by 23andMe's moderator in the site's new community forum as seen here:

"We have a new tool in DNA Relatives - Relatives in Common. 

Using our Relatives in Common feature, you will be able to see the current matches that you and a DNA Relative have in common, and whether you share an overlapping segment of DNA among all three of you. 

Once you have selected a relative to compare with, you will be able to review a list of relatives that you have in common, as well as the percent DNA shared and the predicted relationship between each pair. 

You will also be able to see whether you have any overlapping genomic region among you, the person you are comparing with, and the relative you have in common. If there is a region of any overlap among all three of you, then we say that you have “Shared DNA”. Clicking on the blue “Yes” or “No” under Shared DNA will take you to DNA View where you can see the segment data. 

This is what happened when I chose "Shared DNA" and clicked on the blue "Yes" ... The chromosome browser (used for Family Inheritance: Advanced tool) opens up and shows where you match the chosen common relatives on the chromosomes. It also shows if there is overlapping segments between you and the two other relatives that you share DNA with in the same location (see chromosome #18); if I had chosen "No" then it would show the locations shared between me and two other relatives who don't match each other in the same location (but are still related to each other).

23andMe shows each pair of chromosomes on one display. Even though you share DNA along the same stretch along the chromosome pair, the actual DNA that matches may be different as one individual may match on one chromosome of the pair while the other matches on the sister chromosome. So, it’s possible that even if it appears that the three of you have Shared DNA, it may be that you match each profile on the same region but through different sides of your family. 

We’re really excited about our Relatives in Common tool. We are rolling this out gradually, so users who are opted in to Open Sharing will be the first to access the feature. If you want to start using this today, you can opt in to Open Sharing here. 

Let me know if you have any questions!"

Saturday, April 23, 2016

How to Search Facebook Groups

Somethings are just hiding in plain sight, and I'm going to show you one of them. If you belong to a Facebook group and want to search for something you or someone else previously wrote or posted, it can be very difficult to do. Especially in active FB groups. So you create a brand new topic...much to the chagrin of fellow posters and group administrators. As such, I'm going to show to SEARCH for a topic or comment you or someone else posted previously. It's really easy:

(1) On the FB group page there is a "Search this group" field located on the top, right-hand side of the page (and just below the group photo). In this screen-shot below using my Native American Ancestry Explorer FB group (join here), I show you exactly where the "Search this group" field is located (and note there is a magnifying glass icon next to it): 

(2) You can put in a Name, Subject or any identifying words to help the FB group search engine do its job. After you put the information in the "Search this group" field,  several topics that you or others created or where you or others commented with the Name,  Subject or identifying information will come up (Note: for additional scrolling there is a "Show More" button at the top of the page). In the example below, I wanted to search for a previous topic I posted about Southeast Asian admixture showing up in Afro-diasporans with Native American ancestry (you can read it here). So I put "Amerindian Southeast Asian" in the search field and it came up as the second topic. As you can see the FB group search engine highlighted Amerindian and Southeast Asian in the places where I and others previously mentioned the two terms: 

(3) Finally in the example below, I entered my name "TL Dixon" in the "Search this group" field to see my and other member's topics or comments showing where my name was previously tagged: 

See I told you it was really easy to do. Be sure to practice using it.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Coming Down the Ethnicity Admixture Pike

Fasten your seat-belts! The year 2016 reveals two of the major direct-to-consumer DNA companies — AncestryDNA ($99 US) and FamilyTreeDNA's FamilyFinder ($99 US) — will be updating their Autosomal DNA tests' ethnicity admixture tool and reference population clusters. AncestryDNA pleasantly surprised some of us with a temporary preview to its upgraded "Ethnicity Estimate" (now in BETA stage) shortly after announcing kits will available in 29 additional countries, while competitor FamilyTreeDNA promised a new version of its FamilyFinder "myOrigins" for the first quarter of this year at its 11th International Conference of Genetic Genealogy. I cover both offerings in this blog.

Let me tell you something! We've been thirsting hard for such updates, like waiting for admixture Godot stuck in a traffic jam of displeasure because our current results never quite stack up to our expectations and beliefs. Just four years ago our admixture estimates were infantile at best; our admixture was clumped into three to five broad continental-level categories. In rearview, AncestryDNA was first to market on October 17, 2013, with its finer-scale "Ethnicity Estimate" [see story here]. Soon after on November 19, 2013, 23andMe announced an update to its "Ancestry Composition" [see blog here]. And finally on May 6, 2014 FamilyTreeDNA introduced myOrigins, a make-over of its former admixture offering [see Roberta Estes blog here]. It's worth noting on August 10, 2015 National Genographic 2.0 updated its product with an overhaul of reference populations and "regional affinities" [see article here]. Currently 23andMe is caught up in a transition quagmire after winning FDA green-light to market health testing [see Estes' DNA-Xplained] so it's not clear when an upgrade to its "Ancestry Composition" (arguably the best admixture tool in show) will be released. Newcomer TribeCode hasn't announced a timeline for future changes to its Next Generation Sequencing-based "Ethnicity Composition" (which includes 62 reference population clusters). But before we sojourn on the long road ahead, we need to make a quick pitstop so I can gas your think-tanks up with some premium food for thought:

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sharing Your AncestryDNA Matches List with Other Members

If you're an AncestryDNA (from member, did you know that you can share your DNA MATCHES list (and full Ethnicity Estimate results) with other AncestryDNA members? And you can do it without giving up your log-in information? Chances are you didn't know, but that's cool. It's a real simple process and I'm going to show you how to do it.


  • Deciding to share your AncestryDNA matches with another Ancestry member either means you're a serious genealogist, very liberal-minded, have nothing to hide, or just wants someone else to do all the work for you (which case can be a blessing to some of us). In any case you must be comfortable with sharing your DNA MATCHES list. 
  •  If you share your DNA MATCHES list with another AncestryDNA member, it means this AncestryDNA member can see your list of DNA matches. 
  • You must receive a sharing invite from an AncestryDNA member in order to see that person's results. You don't automatically see their results when you share with them.
  • None of your personal or account information will be shared with the AncestryDNA member(s) viewing your results.
  • Nor will the AncestryDNA member be able to make changes to or hostilely take over your account, raw data, ethnicity estimate, family trees or DNA MATCHES list.
  • You can stop sharing your DNA MATCHES with other members at any time.
  • Relax. If you've uploaded your DNA results to then you can see the DNA matches of any kit on your own list. Nothing has happened, right?
  • Sharing your DNA MATCHES works the same way as inviting someone to view your's Family Trees -- you invite AncestryDNA members to view your list by sending them a request by username or e-mail address
  • You are the Administrator of your AncestryDNA account. You can ONLY invite another member in the role of "Guest" (invitee limited to viewing your DNA matches list) OR "Editor" (invitee can write/edit notes and "star" your DNA matches) as explained in this screen-shot:
Source: AncestryDNA


(1) On your AncestryDNA Home page go to "SETTINGS" icon as seen here:

(2) Toward the bottom of your "Test Setting for..." page, you will see an "Invite others to access DNA results" button as shown here:  

(3) Once the "Invite others to access DNA results" page opens, you must: 
  • put invitee's username or e-mail address in the "Email or Ancesty username" field;
  • decide which role you want the invitee to have by choosing "Guest" (invitee can view your list only) or "Editor" (invitee can write/edit notes and star your matches) as shown here:

(4) After you've invited the member to view your DNA matches, AncestryDNA will send the member an e-mail to view your results. Once the Ancestry member accepts your invite he or she will be able to see your DNA MATCHES list (and full Ethnicity Estimate). 

  • NOTE: If you're the recipient of an invite to share DNA matches (and you accept), then the AncestryDNA member's  kit name will appear in your "VIEW ANOTHER TEST" drop-down menu. To demonstrate, in the screen-shot below I [prevously] invited my [twin kit] KingGenome to share so the kit name appears on the drop-down list:

  • If I click on my "KingGenome" kit, then it takes me to [my twin kit] King Genome's list of DNA matches, which I can happily explore: 
Good will hunting!