If you have tested your DNA on AncestryDNA, you can now review your DNA matches and confirm the relationship that they have to you.
Click through to your DNA Matches screen and you may be seeing the “Do you recognize them?” options on the right-hand side of your screen (if you haven't got them yet... they're coming).
Step by Step
Here's the steps for confirming a relationship.
1. I'm using my brother as an example and because I knew that my match was my brother, I just clicked on the Yes button. If I wasn’t sure I could click on the Learn more button and go to the usual View Match screen.
2. Select which side of the family the match is from. With my brother this is "Both sides" as we share both parents.
3. After choosing "Both sides" I got a list of options for what our relationship may be. In this case the list was very short as the only option was for my match to be my brother.
4. Once I clicked on the Brother option, I then was asked to confirm I was sure.
5. Once my brother was confirmed the screen reverted to giving me the View Match button.
6. If you need to change the relationship, you will need to View the match where you will find the ability to edit the relationship.
Some things to watch out for
The both option also allows you to give relationships to people that may match you on both sides of the family but at this stage you can only assign one relationship. I’d go with the closest relationship and make sure I added notes for other relationships.
Watch for the “Show more possible relationships” at the bottom of the relationship list.
I've chosen a couple of close matches here, so my list of possible relationships has been short. Here's an example of a relation that I share 154cM with.
If you get started on assigning a relationship and then want to get out, there is both a back button and also an exit "x" at the top right of the window. You can also choose the "I'm not sure" option at the bottom of the screen.
What's in it for me?
By assigning relationships to your shared matches, it makes it easy to quickly scan your matches to see which ones you still need to investigate further.
You can click on the Groups button and choose to look at your matches by Mother's side and Father's side.
That can be really useful if you have the same surname on both sides of the family and you want to just work on one side of the family at the time.
Hopefully this is a step toward automating which side of our family new matches are on, especially for us that don't have parents to test.