AncestryDNA New Features*

*While some of the features are new, most are simply made more visible or added to places where they weren’t available before: 1) centiMorgans (cMs) are now showing on the main DNA Matches page instead of you having to hunt for them on each match; 2) the “Compare” feature when you view a match which was originally only available on the mobile app; 3) the beta Mapping matches feature; and 4) DNA Mapping Matches beta where some are seeing the locations of their fourth cousin and closer matches. However, as noted in another blog post, Ancestry Displays City/State Where You Live on Map to Your DNA Matches — DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy, there are some major privacy issues that Ancestry hasn’t considered. It’s way too easy to find somebody’s information if you have city and state even when it’s a very common name. As I mentioned in my blog post, I encourage Ancestry to make it opt-out instead of automatically opting-in which is the current default setting.  I don’t have the beta for map matching and had to hunt down where to change my location from City, State to USA. I mentioned in the above blog post, but will repeat it again here as it needs to be something you consider.

For those who don’t have access to the beta, go to Choose Edit Name/Location next to your profile picture (or icon if you don’t have a photo).




About ICT Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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