5 Videos to Help You Understand Ancestry ThruLines

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With Ancestry ThruLines, you can combine your DNA results with member trees to generate possible paths of relationships between you and your DNA matches. The following videos help explain this innovative yet confusing tool for your genealogy toolbox.

1. Ancestry ThruLine Basics

Discover how to access your ThruLines from your DNA Discovery Pages and your pedigree chart. Also, discover what you need to do before your Ancestry ThruLines begin to appear.


2. How Accurate Are AncestryDNA ThruLines?

In this video, you’ll learn what the Ancestry ThruLines are based on and then learn how to determine the accuracy of the suggestions.

3. What are the Benefits of Ancestry ThruLines?

Given the ‘negative’ light the previous video shined on the potential inaccuracies in the Ancestry ThruLines, this video discusses the benefits of the tool to help you determine how your DNA matches relate to each other and yourself.

4. Ancestry ThruLines’ Problem with Adoption and Illegitimate Children

As hinted at in the previous videos, ThruLines have problems differentiating between biological and non-biological relationships. For families that have adoptions and illegitimate relationships, you’ll want to watch this video to learn how to recognize the red flags in your ThruLine suggestions.

5. Why do you have NO AncestryDNA ThruLines?

Some AncestryDNA users have not found any ThruLines. Could this be you? If so, discover what causes little to no ThruLines to appear in your family tree and how you might be able to resolve the problem.

Ancestry.com has so many terrific tools to help you climb your family tree. Be sure to explore them with caution and always fall back on sound research principles for the most success.

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Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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  1. Devon, Please help. I have recently joined thru lines and thought I had found my missing grandfather. I am 70 years old and this would be a huge deal for me. I created a fake tree with my real father Robert L. Hickson and put Robert Ellis Hickson as a man who is a good suspect I found during a lot of research.

    When I go into thru lines and see the relative cards, in front of the Robert Ellis Hickson card it says we are a match and share over 2600 segments of dna, yet it shows no other dna inside. Robert Ellis Hickson had no other children, no brothers or sisters, and his mother had no other children. I show 3 dna matches with his great grandfather. Is it possible he could really be my long ago grandfather?
    It is very difficult to get anyone’s attention or help on ancestry.
    Thank you so very much.

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