I, like so many others, struggle with getting a DNA statement properly formatted so that it does not create errors here within WikiTree. The process of looking up my matches writing down my individual results and then creating how we match, how we are related, and who we match at what strength of cM’s is a bit cumbersome. I understand the importance of getting this correct, but there should be an easier way, and I believe there is.
Now I am not a programmer, but I believe it possible to create a programming tool to simplify the DNA verification process and statement. If I’m correct, the tool could write the statement for us just upon us selecting our match choices. In order to accomplish this, we must get the help of a programmer here at WikiTree.
Specifically I’m talking about Autosomal DNA and triangulating it using the WikiTree GEDMATCH tool. It sure would be nice if everyone was on one platform, but we are not. Some on 23andme, some Ancestry or MyHeritage, or FamilyTree. Everything we need to know about who we are matching, how they match us and the linking to GedMatch results are right there on the WikiTree DNA Confirmation page. Let’s create a DNA Confirmation Tool for GedMatch and hopefully people will once again start adding their DNA data there for matching once this DNA statement process is automated or simplified.
Here is where a programmer can collect our choices, store the selections, and upon getting the result from GedMatch, write the statement. Whether the selection must be done once or twice to complete the triangulated data is not known to me at this time.
How it would work? From the DNA Confirmation Page, a user selects a profile of interest. One preferably that has many GedMatch DNA matches to choose from. The profile he/she is now on is the person we are measuring all against. Then we choose a person to match (using the GEDMATCH tool in WikiTree) we make our two selections to compare results. Those choices are also known to WikiTree, and stored in the programming statement. What is also known is how each person chosen matches the profile we are matching against, as well as their relationship to one another. The statement should not have to be entered by hand, but written as a result of using the WikiDNATool. Perhaps when processed the statement is written on a notepad for pasting, or if possible, directly entered into WikiTree if the process completes without error.
Programming Example: Get [profile] and match [dna1] and [dna2], execute gedmatch and return results [Totcm’s] [GenVal], and lookup relationship [dna1], lookup relationship [dna2]. Write statement [dna1] [[name][profile][GedMatchID1]], and [dna2] [[name][profile][GedmatchID2] are related as [relationship]; their estimated match to [profile] is at [GenVal] with total cM’s of [Totcm’s]
Certainly automating the process would be extremely beneficial in the reduction of errors or false claims. I am just wondering if it is possible to assist us in the writing of DNA statements by having a tool that assists us in the process. Anything that would help with standardizing and simplifying the process would be of tremendous value to both the user and WikiTree. Once we see results of a few automated ones, we could perhaps be better at trying to write them for ourselves..