When I’m at RootsTech I always attend the sponsored luncheons just because it gives me an opportunity to hear what’s new at the companies I like to follow.
At the MyHeritage luncheon we had an opportunity to listen to the CEO; Gilad
Gilad explained that with the power of DNA Matches, Family Trees and Historical Records MyHeritage was introducing theories as to how you connect with your match.
So I was excited to get home and see what theories MyHeritage had for the kits that I managed.
When you first go to your matches you’ll see a graphic like this (above) that’s if you have a theory. Of the 12 kits that I have with MyHeritage only three of them had theories. My dad and I had the same theory and my uncle had a theory for my mom’s side of the family.
So let’s have a look at the theory that my dad and I share.
So our match lives in Canada and is in her 60’s. She matches at 28.5cM for me and 57 cM for my Dad. There’s a tree with 212 people in the tree and a theory.
The third version is very similar but it includes information from the 1851 census. Again it states the confidence level is 20%.
But you see that theories are based on MyHeritage Trees, Records
Of course, you should do more research and it’s very likely that this is in fact how I and my cousin are related.
Now let’s look at my uncle’s.
In my uncle’s example we have a bit more to go on. The cousin is in his 60’s and he lives in Great Britain. There is a theory but there are also some other clues. There are similar names in the theory tree that I already have in my tree and there are also 95 Smart matches. It also tells me that there are locations in common; Canada and Great Britain. So lets look further.
This time there are only two theories. One with my tree and two others and one record; the 1871 census. The second theory includes my tree and two other trees and has 3 supporting census documents. Each of the theories had a small percentage of confidence. The first 30% and
But still, it’s a starting point and it actually looks quite interesting. It will not make me add it to my tree but will, in fact, give me “bread crumbs” so to speak that I will look at one by one and then decide if I agree and I can add to my tree.
I believe that you’ll like this new tool
Note the little green circle between my tree and my matches. I can click on that and it will give me all the information I have about that ancestor in my tree vs what’s in my matches tree.
So you really can go step by step through the theory and decide if it makes sense. I don’t have a lot of theories for my kits. But I do know some people who have hundreds.
How do you get to use Theories? Well if you uploaded your DNA to MyHeritage before December 16, 2018, then Theories of Family Relativity is free and included. But if you transferred after, then the cost is $29 US to unlock per DNA kit. Or if you have more than one kit then you will want to consider getting a subscription. Right now I have a 1/2 price subscription offer from MyHeritage that is available until March 13th. You can access it HERE.
If you check after that date you can go HERE.
So here’s Gilad’s summary about Theory of Family Relativity™. Watch for my post about AutoClusters coming soon.