Category: AncestryDNA Circles

Categories: DNA Projects


This is a high level category. Please do not add individual profiles. Add profiles to the narrowest category possible. See How to Categorize.

This category has been set up to assist AncestryDNA testers whose ancestry results have been identified as possibly belonging to an AncestryDNA Circle or AncestryDNA has predicted a 'probable' ancestor, including 'New Ancestor Discoveries' or NAD's. It is intended to aid as a mechanism for collaboration.

Please create a category for 'each' identified ancestry ancestor, even if the circle relates to an ancestral couple. The test participant's profile and the relevant ancestor should be added to each Ancestor AncestryDNA Category. If the tester's DNA test is already appearing on the identified ancestor's profile (as the genealogical relationship is already known), it may be unnecessary to also add the profile to the Ancestry DNA Circle Category. The Ancestor Category however can still be created and the relevant ancestor connected, so others researching the specified ancestor become aware of its existence.

Please note, the naming conventions for these categories are:

Ancestor Surname, Ancestor Other Names, DOB - DOD, AncestryDNA Circle.
Names and the years of birth should be as shown on the AncestryDNA Circle or 'New Ancestor Discovery' page.

Anyone who has tested at AncestryDNA is encouraged to upload their results to www.gedmatch.com so that comparison of chromosomes can occur, and to place the relevant gedmatch ID on the Wikitree profile of the test participant.

The last step is to link the ancestor category back to the actual AncestryDNA circle on ancestry.com. A link should be added to the 'AncestryDNA Ancestor' category, which is a direct link back to ancestry.com and shows all the members of that circle - see the 'Larkin Talley DNA Circle' link inside the Category: Talley, Larkin, 1786 - 1877, AncestryDNA Circle as an example. Clicking on this link will only be visible to AncestryDNA Circle members. Only registered members would be able to create it too, as only they would have access to that page on ancestry.com.

It is also suggested that a short paragraph be added to the DNA section of the Ancestor Profile explaining the intent of the category and encouraging other testers to add their details, see Larkin Talley as an example.

A recent G2G discussion about these categories can be found here.

Click these links to access more information from AncestryDNA about 'New Ancestor Discoveries' and 'Circles'. AncestryDNA have also published a White Paper about the process which can be accessed here.

An interesting article by Roberta Estes on AncestryDNA matching can be found here.

Categories listed in the following sub-category Category: AncestryDNA Maintenance are misnamed and will be renamed over time.

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