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Are you ready for some new tools to help process your hundreds (or thousands) of AncestryDNA matches?
DNA is turning out to be a fantastic and fascinating new tool for family history research. As the AncestryDNA database continues to grow, so does the number of potential matches you receive. To help turn more of those matches into valuable leads, you can now search for surnames and locations in your AncestryDNA matches’ family trees.
Click on the Search matches box on the right side of your AncestryDNA results page.
This will open the search bar. It includes two search boxes. The one on the left is for surname. (You have an option to include similar surnames if you don’t want to limit yourself to an exact search.) The second box is for location.
Say you’re working on your Frost family line. You can type Frost in the surname box and bring up all of your AncestryDNA matches with family trees that have Frosts in them.
If you want to limit your Frosts to Tennessee, add Tennessee to the location search box.
Or maybe you want to scour the region of North Carolina your Blount ancestors passed through. You can leave the surname box empty, enter Rutherford, North Carolina, into the location search box and see who else has Tar Heels in their trees.
The trees on Ancestry.com add exponential value to your AncestryDNA test because data collected in trees can turn your AncestryDNA results into names and places from your family’s past. Now, surname and location searches can help you get to those names and places even faster. Which is a good thing, because the way the database keeps growing, new matches shouldn’t be slowing down anytime soon.
Already have your DNA results? Check out the new search features.