02 February 2018
MyHeritage DNA has announced both managers of MyHeritage DNA kits and uploaders of DNA data from other companies can contact DNA matches for free.
A spokesperson for the company said: 'We made this feature free in response to many requests by our users and because we believe it will benefit the community, fostering greater collaboration between newfound relatives.'
What is a DNA match?
In simple terms, DNA match is a person with whom a person who shares segements of DNA, which indicates a possible ancestral link. Family history researchers who get in touch with a DNA match would work with that person to establish whether they have a common ancestry and if so, who is their earliest common ancestor.
The two researchers can then exchange family history information, as different branches of a family tree may be in possession of documents, photographs and family stories of which the other party is not aware.
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