Ancestry Match Downloader status on 21 Feb 2020

This was supposed to be a product review of the Ancestry Match Downloader chrome extension. Unfortunately it’s not downloading matches currently. Judging by the reviews and support comments, it stopped working sometime in January 2020. “worked fine on first try about 3 weeks ago but now no longer functions. Wont scan or anything.” Jan 2020 … Read more Ancestry Match Downloader status on 21 Feb 2020

Whatever happened to the AncestryDNA Helper?

This was supposed to be a product review of using the AncestryDNA Helper chrome extension to download matches. It’s turned into a bit of a detective hunt instead. The big reveal: the extension has been discontinued by the developer. Read on for more… It’s still on the Chrome Store At time of writing, the Ancestry … Read more Whatever happened to the AncestryDNA Helper?

DNA Match Manager from Heirloom – Product Review

The DNA Match Manager from Heirloom Software is a free desktop application that downloads your matches to file from the major DNA test services. This review is exclusively on downloads from the Ancestry website. Summary It’s fast. It’s free. It leaves a lot of info behind (this may be fine for your needs). Wow, it’s … Read more DNA Match Manager from Heirloom – Product Review

DNA Matches as Network Graphs – An Introduction

This post is a gentle introduction to the concept of representing your DNA matches as network graphs. What is a Network Graph? Graphs are often explained using Facebook as an example, as most of us are familiar with this social network. Here is a small network graph of my Facebook friends. I’m not in the … Read more DNA Matches as Network Graphs – An Introduction

Ancestry Distant Cousin Threshold

As you scroll down the Ancestry Match List page, you’ll eventually see a “Distant Cousin” marker. This is the Ancestry Distant Cousin Threshold. Matches above the mark are what Ancestry calls 4th-6th cousins (and closer). Matches below the mark are what they consider to be “Distant Cousins”. The Ancestry Distant Cousin threshold is 20 centimorgans. … Read more Ancestry Distant Cousin Threshold

Ancestry display issues – is your ad-blocker leading to a problem?

Here’s a tip on avoiding a particular display issue with Ancestry when using Chrome. The problem of the spinning wheel started occurring for me in October. The little wheel kept spinning, and the page of match lists would not scroll and display properly. I followed the usual Ancestry instructions to clear down cache to no … Read more Ancestry display issues – is your ad-blocker leading to a problem?