Learn how to use Ancestry.com’s ThruLines DNA tool. Find out how you may be related to your DNA matches and expand the search for your ancestors.
At RootsTech 2019, Ancestry announced their new DNA tool ThruLines to use and you evaluate your Ancestry.com DNA results. Thrulines caused a lot of excitement and buzz among the conference goers at the time and with good reason.
Thrulines was and continues to be an exciting tool designed to show how you may be related to a DNA match.
How To Find Your ThruLines on Ancestry.com
1. From the Ancestry.com homepage, click “DNA” in the very top menu.
2. From the drop down, click “Thrulines”. It will be the 4th choice in the dropdown. Once you click on Thrulines, you will be take to the Thrulines home page.
That’s it! It’s quick and easy to access. Now…..
What Do Those Thrulines Recommendations Mean?
Note the statement in the gray box at the top of the Thrulines homepage: “These Thrulines are generated using [tester’s name] DNA results that are linked to Lisa Gail Talbott in Are You My Cousin II”
When a tester has an online tree at Ancestry.com or is connected to a tree, Thrulines generates potential ancestral matches for the researcher to further investigate. These potential matches are based on the data in the family tree there at Ancestry.com
Above, Ancestry’s Thrulines suggests George Carter Robey and Olive High Roby as my potential 4th grandparents.
Does this mean they are definitely my 4th great grandparents?
No, it does not!
Thrulines is merely a suggestion(s) based on the the data from the DNA matches and your family tree. The more detailed and accurate the family tree the DNA tester is associated with, the better the potential match Ancestry suggests.
Always remember – Genealogy researchers must conduct their own research to prove or disprove a Thrulines match.
Learn More About Ancestry.com’s Thrulines
Fellow genealogy researcher and creator of popular genealogy Youtube Genealogy TV channel Connie Knox created a fantastic video demonstrating how to use Ancestry.com’s ThruLines. It’s short and packed with loads of good information.[Connie’s a fellow North Carolinian, too!]
Did you miss Ancestry.com’s other new tool – MyTree Tags? Learn more in How To Use Ancestry.com’s NEW MyTrees Tags Tool .
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