Link your Ancestry DNA to your Ancestry Family Tree
I took the Ancestry DNA test a while back and I was fascinated with the results. I have thought about them from time to time, but I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I just barely found out that this test can be linked to your own public family tree in Ancestry.com to help you get even more research hints. Here's a super quick video that shows how to do this.
You might be saying "Hey, I don't even know how to use Ancestry.com!" and that's ok. Here's a video that will walk you through the entire process.
Here are a few things worth noting:
- If you are a member of the LDS church (Mormon or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) you have free access to Ancestry.com as part of your LDS membership access. Create an account on Ancestry and be sure to link it to your familysearch.org account. Here is a link to instructions on how to do that.
- If you are not LDS, you can still access familysearch.org for free and it's a great resource. Ancestry.com is a little expensive, but it is the #1 genealogy site in the world and you can get a lot of information there. If you are interested, you might want to try it for a month and see how you like it.
- You might think you don't need to use Ancestry.com if you are already using familysearch.org - I will admit that I thought that was true until about a month ago. I didn't know how much I was missing out on! When you have a tree on Ancestry.com, nobody can edit it but you so that is nice. Also, you get record hints on ancestry and you get hints on family search. Use both of these resources and then compare each person's record between the 2 sites for the best opportunity to get more information. Here's another video that shows how to use these 2 sites together. This video is a little hard to listen to (sounds like she is reading from a script) but it is really helpful to watch.
- You will be surprised at how quick and easy it is to build your tree on ancestry. I started from scratch about a month ago and as of today, I have 758 people in my tree! It's addicting!
- If you are just getting started with family history, be sure to check out this previous post for some great resources.
I'm finding that my newfound love of family history is also motivating me to keep better records and documentation of our lives now. I wish I knew more about the lives of my ancestors!