I’ve been working with my DNA matches for over ten years now. In fact, I’ve tested at every company that I think it’s of value to test at. Ancestry, MyHeritage, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), 23andMe, and LivingDNA. I also administer the kits for my parents, my brothers, my sons, as well as many of my aunts and uncles and cousins. So keeping track of correspondence can be a struggle.
About nine months ago, one of my followers asked me this question, and I passed along the tool that I use, so I thought perhaps I should tell you about my spreadsheet.
The spreadsheet has three tabs across the bottom. One is the info tab that tells you how to use the worksheet. One tab is called DNA Kits List, and it’s here that you note all the kit numbers, user names, or the email login information for the kits you might manage. You can also document GEDmatch # as well.
The final and most crucial tab is where you track your correspondence. Here you can keep track of the following information;
- Kit Owner (testee)
- Type of Test (is it autosomal, mtDNA or YDNA)
- GEDMatch #
- Match name
- aka (if it’s different from their name)
- Possible Relationship
- Who made contact
- Longest Block
- X Match
- made contact (Y/N) in other words did they reply or did you reply if they made the first contact
- Where do they live
- Tree link (if they have a public tree)
- Common ancestor (if known)
For me, it tracks just about everything, and it’s about keeping as much info in one place for ease of access.
One other thing to keep in mind is that each of the DNA companies offers you space to write notes. So be sure to use that space.
If you’d like to have a look at my spreadsheet, you can download it for FREE HERE. As a BONUS, I’ve added a page where you can also track your genealogy correspondence as well.
If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.