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Ellen Maki

Get the most out of your DNA matches with Network Graphing

One of the most exciting aspects of taking a DNA test is discovering that you share DNA with many cousins, close and distant. While figuring out how you are connected to all these people may seem daunting, there are tools that can help with this task. One of these is network graphing, an automated and user-friendly way of looking at the inter-connections between you and your shared matches. This is a visual method of highlighting clusters of related individuals that would be difficult to identify by manually sorting through matches. These graphs can be used for either shared (in-common-with) matches or triangulated segments.

This lecture will look at RootsFinder, a popular online software that uses triangulated segments, AncestryDNA circles, and other freely available software for creating network graphs of shared matches.