Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.
Recording DNA Matches (Intermediate)
In a previous article I explained How I Use Hashtags to Track My DNA Matches but that isn't the only way I track DNA in Legacy. I like to add my "cousin matches" to Legacy as unlinked individuals with the anticipation that I will be able to link them eventually. I don't add all of my matches which is in the thousands but rather I add the matches that are 50+ centiMorgans (to start with) which is at the 3rd cousin level. I like to keep all of my research in one place so it make sense for me to do it this way. I alluded to this in DNA Matches - Where's Their Tree? and I wanted to explain my method further.
I had to make up screenshots because my real matches are of course living people. I have all of my matches as "invisible" in my file because this information is for research purposes only. I also have more information recorded on each match than this but this will give you an idea of what you can do.
1 - If all I know is their AKA that is what I will add here. If I know their real name but they have AKAs on the various websites I add those as AKAs
2 - This is where I will add their contact information, usually an email address
3 - This is where you can see my generic source, DNA Match - Lineage not confirmed
4 - I have this person in triangulation groups with other matches that I organize using Hashtags (see How I Use Hashtags to Track My DNA Matches). A triangulation group is a group of people that you match but they also all match each other. It is a way to be sure that everyone is matching on the same chromosome (you have TWO of each chromosome, one from your father and one from your mother).
5 - The first line of the notes is a short summary so that I can see the gist of the email on this screen without having to open the event. I can copy and paste the entire email or I can attach it as a PDF
6 - These people are always invisible which means if I ever export my file in any way, reports, charts, gedcom, webpages etc., these people will not be included. I would have to manually override the privacy options which can't be done by accident.
I hope this have given you some ideas of ways you can record your DNA in Legacy. If you have some additional tips you think our Legacy readers can use please post them in the comments.
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Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.