Sifting Through Your AncestryDNA Matches Webinar Released

This session assumes listeners/attendees have a basic understanding of what AncestryDNA offers, how to navigate their AncestryDNA matches, how to track working with their matches, what shared matches are and are not, and have already done some work with with their AncestryDNA matches–at least having worked through their first/second cousins matches at least once to determine connections where possible. If you have not yet played with your matches, this session is not for you. The basics of the system are not covered in this session. This is a session focused on research methodology and more advanced working through the matches.

In this session we will work through several extended examples based on Michael’s own research. This will include a relatively straightforward example,  families that have multiple relationships, and families from areas where “they’ve lived there for hundreds of years” and the shared relationships are distant and unknown. The importance of sifting out (where possible) and tracking will be emphasized. Our focus is on process and analysis–not in making you a geneticist. 

Order on our order page. Download immediate. This presentation is not streamed.

My Blogs and Subscribing and Unsubscribing

I maintain the following genealogy blogs:

  • Rootdig.comMichael’s thoughts, research problems, suggestions, and whatever else crosses his desk
  • Genealogy Tip of the Dayone genealogy research tip every day–short and to the point
  • Genealogy Search Tipwebsites I’ve discovered and the occasional online research tip–short and to the point?

Subscription/Unsubscription links are on the top of each page. Unsubscription links are also in each email sent.

Digital Icons at FamilySearch

FamilySearch improved their icons indicating what sort of digital access is available to records on their site. This list is current as of the date of this post. Corrections or suggestions can be sent to me at

The “format” icon with a key above the camera indicates that a digital image is available, but online access is restricted.


Those images can only be viewed by:

  • members of the church who are logged into their accounts
  • patrons at a family history center
  • patrons at a FamilySearch affiliate library

As shown below. There is never a charge to use a family history center or affiliate library.


The camera without the key above it indicates that digital images are available to anyone accessing the internet. This roll of film has an index as well–indicated by the magnifying glass.


The camera with the “screen” behind it indicates that digital images are available at a “partner site.” The partner site images can be accessed at a family history center or FamilySearch affiliate library–or through a personal account to the site. Partner sites are usually commercial companies to which private individuals can subscribe.