Two new DNA features introduced at MyHeritage DNA

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06 July 2021
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MyHeritage DNA has today announced two new features to help users make the most of their DNA results: Theory of Family Relativity™ Confirm or Reject, and the ability to filter DNA Matches by Genetic Groups.

With over 5 million kits on its system, MyHeritage DNA has a large database that offers users the chance to connect with others who share their DNA.

The latest innovation is Theory of Family Relativity™ Confirm or Reject, as requested by MyHeritage customers. This new DNA feature offers users the chance to confirm or reject the theories that MyHeritage offers, enabling them to easily sort through potential matches.

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DNA matches

Theory of Family Relativity ™ incorporates genealogical information from all our collections of more than 13 billion historical records and family tree profiles to offer theories on how you and your DNA Matches might be related - but until now the ability to confirm or reject theories was missing.

Because the theories  are based on historical records and family tree data, there may be errors in the family trees contributed by other MyHeritage users, or in the historical records, and sometimes the technology used by MyHeritage to match them to each other makes a mistake, leading to an incorrect theory.

With the new functionality, you can now confirm the theory if you believe it to be true, or reject it if you believe it is incorrect. New theories will have a pending status when they are neither confirmed nor rejected. This can help you keep track of the theories that you have already reviewed and evaluated. 

To easily find your DNA Matches that have a theory, visit the DNA Matches page and use the filters to see only those DNA Matches that have a Theory of Family Relativity™, as shown below.

Whenever a theory is found for a DNA Match, this is indicated in the DNA Match card, as shown in the example above.

A theory can be confirmed or rejected in two places: the Review DNA Match page, which includes a summarised view of the theory, or the full theory view.

Filtering DNA Matches by Genetic Groups

The new filtering option allows you to see all of your DNA Matches belonging to a certain Genetic Group on one page and eliminates the need to scroll through your DNA Matches one by one to see their Genetic Groups. Filtering your DNA Matches allows you to make more sense out of your many matches and focus on the ones that interest you most. 

DNA Matches can be filtered by clicking All Genetic Groups and selecting one of the options from the drop-down menu. Use the search bar to locate a specific group among the 2,114 Genetic Groups currently available on MyHeritage.

Want to learn more about how to use your DNA results to super-charge your family history research? Join the Family Tree bootcamp, starting on 29 September and enrolling now.

Please note that Theory of Family Relativity™ is a premium feature that requires a site subscription on MyHeritage (Premium or PremiumPlus or Complete). Users who upload their raw DNA data from another testing service to MyHeritage and do not wish to purchase a subscription can pay a one-time fee of $29 per kit to unlock all advanced DNA features offered by MyHeritage, including Theory of Family Relativity™. Learn more about our subscription at MyHeritage