When I added a parent (a GG of mine), my DNA to the right was not there?

+1 vote
I'm still learning, so please be patient with me...lol!

On the right hand side of profiles, it shows DNA connections.  I see my name there for my father, his father and his father, but when I add another parent, now my name doesn't show.

First off, I have NO idea how it knows we are even connected when my relatives I've added have not had a DNA test.

Can someone please help me understand how that works and why my dna is not showing on this new family member?

In case you want to look, I'm referring to Louis Henry Wall, father of Levin Wall, father of Lewis James, father of James Kenneth (my father).

Thank you so much!! Jamie
WikiTree profile: Louis Wall
in Genealogy Help by Jamie Reich G2G Crew (510 points)
The system takes 24 hours to be propagated through the millions of profiles we have. It will show up tomorrow, I promise.

 Jamie, Just an FYI,As you continue adding ancestors to your family your autosomal DNA test will be added to them after 24 hours.  Your DNA test will continue to be propagated up your lines up to and including your third great grandparents.  Any ancestors after that generation will not show your autosomal test.  Mt-DNA and Y-DNA will continue back.

2 Answers

+2 votes
Hi Jamie, DNA is not my thing, but I do know that you have to give the system time to catch up, approx 24 hours, I think.
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
+1 vote
It's probably because you've only just added the profile, might need to wait a day for the system to update it. Autosomal DNA, like Ancestry, only copies out to a certain number of generational steps in any direction because it's only very accurate to about 3rd cousins but it should definitely go further than your great great grandfather.

About the connecting DNA tests thing - Wikitree just looks at the family tree you enter, and then copies your test info out to any relatives you're connected to who should probably share significant amounts of DNA with you. It's helpful once you build out and connect up your tree with cousins who have also tested - you can see straightaway that your 2nd cousin so-and-so also tested through Ancestry, and that you can confirm your relationship to them if they're on your match list.

AncestryDNA copies out in all directions for a limited number of steps. If you take a mitochondrial DNA test, that will copy to every woman in your direct female line, and their children. Males can take a Y-DNA test, and that copies all the way up their direct male line, and to those male ancestors' sons.
by Kathleen Cobcroft G2G6 Mach 6 (62.6k points)

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