After a while, you may find you have quite a few connections with related cousins through your DNA test. I found a way to quickly see how we are related and through which ancestor at a glance. Here are the steps I use to find the cousin AncestryDNA has conveniently connected me with at a later date when I have more time to devote to a certain branch of the family.
- When I find a related cousin that shares a common ancestor, I immediately click the star to the left of their name and set them as one of my favorites, of course. I can then choose the AncestryDNA Member Match area, filter by the Starred drop-down menu choice and there are all my cousins and their individual trees.
- While I have their tree in front of me, I click on the Add note link and put in relevant information how we are related so I don’t have to scroll down each time to see what common ancestor we have in common. Notice the yellow star and the “Mary Magdalene Stafford” note below. A little work at first saves a lot of searching later on.
- Split your screen with two browsers, one for your DNA connection and the other with either your email or your Ancestry page for the individual you wish to compare.