Today, AncestryDNA announced improved DNA Matching including a new feature: DNA Circles. From the Ancestry.com website on the DNA tab:
We’ve completely re-written the book on how DNA matches are determined, creating new and improved ways to identify genetic relationships. What this means is that our matching is far more accurate with far fewer low confidence matches.
Here is the full announcement on the Ancestry.com blog: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/11/19/dna-matching-just-got-better/
Here is a screen shot of the DNA Circles information which is listed as being in BETA:
In order to access the new DNA Circles as it applies to your own data, you must be an Ancestry.com subscriber and maintain a Public Tree linked to your DNA results. (Note: DNA results that did not require a subscription for before this update, still do not require a subscription – just the new features now require an Ancestry.com subscription.)
Currently, I am not included in any DNA Circles, but I am certain this will change over time as more relatives are tested and data is compiled.
New DNA Matching Algorithm
Other changes include better DNA matching which will result in the number of matches in your DNA tab. If you feel you’ve “lost” matches – DON’T PANIC! This is not the case! I think Blaine Bettinger at The Genetic Genealogist describes it much better than I can – so check out Goodbye False Positives! AncestryDNA Updates its Matching Algorithm for more information.
Old DNA Matches on AncestryDNA
UPDATE: I just heard from Ancestry.com that the ability to download old DNA matches is now available!
Finally, my contacts at Ancestry.com have told me that users will be able to download old DNA matches for a limited time.
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