What's the best way to keep up with confirmed DNA connections?

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As I find DNA matches, and try to link them to me on WikiTree, I've been making notes in my Scratch Pad just so I can remember who I have verified so far.  It's getting to be a little much for the the Scratch Pad.  Is there some other way for me to keep notes on this kind of thing on WikiTree?  A Free Space page or something like that.  It needs to be easy to refer to, and easy to update.  I typically include a link to the persons profile, a GedMatch kit number, a link to our most recent common ancestor, and how we are related.  Any suggestions on how to organize this would be appreciated.

Here are examples of what I've been doing so far:

GedMatch Connections:

Sharon Cramer, GEDMatch #A916272, MRCA John Meggs, 4C1R

Creed Huff GedMatch #A062455, MRCA Elijah Morton, 6C1R.

MyHeritage Matches

Noreen Pearson, DNA Match on MyHeritage, MRCA Andrew Lee Gamble, 3rd Cousins,

Aaron Lawrence, DNA Match on MyHeritage, MRCA Willam Sisson, 7th Cousins.

Family Tree DNA

Terry Puckett Bailey, FTDNA, MRCA Thomas Sisson jr, 7C1R.

Thomas George Zeanah, FTDNA, MRCA Hiram White, 4C2R, Largest Segment 17cM, 56 cM total.


in The Tree House by James Evans G2G6 (8.9k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

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I was reading some stuff in the help files yesterday and came across personal categories.  These are categories which begin with your Wikitree ID.  You could set up one for DNA and then create subcategories for "need more work", "match found", "need to triangulate", etc.  Thus you can mark the profiles you're working on.  Now to work with matches you have with no profile you might need to create a free page or pages on which you store the matches and what you've done to identify them.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (406k points)
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James, I believe there are some people on Wikitree that use Free Space pages to track this.  Hopefully they'll see and respond to your question.

Personally, I use a free third party software called GenomeMate Pro to keep track of my research, identify triangulated groups, and mark/map segments with either a 'P' for paternal, 'M' for maternal, or even the actual known shared ancestral couple.  You can look at it and download it here:  http://getgmp.com/

There is a lengthy user's guide you can download and should read before attempting to use the program.  There is also a users group on Facebook for discussion.

by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (372k points)

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