As mentioned in Ancestry 2023 Updates: New Genealogy and DNA Tools and Features, one of the new Ancestry updates includes a DNA compare feature/tool, where you can compare your ethnicity estimates and DNA communities with that of others.
This is still in BETA mode, which means they may enhance it or tweak it a bit based on feedback. It also means not all may have it yet.
How to Get to DNA Compare
There are a few ways to get to the new DNA Compare feature/tool, in which some are fairly the same; I guess they want to make it as easy as possible for you and don’t want you to miss it. 😉
All three of these will get you to your "DNA Story" page where you can click on either of the blue "Compare my DNA" buttons at the end of either the "Ethnicity estimate" section or the "DNA communities" section.
Ancestry's DNA Compare Tools
With both DNA Compare Ethnicity Estimates and DNA Compare DNA Communities, you can choose up to 10 people from your matches or even from DNA tests shared with you, including friends!
How to Add or Remove People to Compare or Choose a Tree
Clicking on the “Add or remove” button enables a drop-down box that will allow you to select or remove people from the comparison tool.
You also have two quick options to add or remove a person you are currently comparing in the tool. There is a quick option drop-down (the 3 dots) next to each person you are currently comparing that allows you to quickly delete that person from the comparison and/or view that person, and there is a quick option to add another person, after the last person in the comparison tool, by clicking on the “+” button.
There is also a drop-down box where you can choose any DNA test results shared with you and do the same.
Once you choose who you want to compare with, you will not only see your ethnicity estimates or DNA communities but your match’s as well.
It’s a fun feature, but I’m not quite sure how useful it is yet; I will have to play around with it a bit more. Of course, many people have the same ethnicity estimates on both sides of their families and in general. I think the DNA Compare DNA Communities feature is a little more useful, for me that is. Keep in mind that many families and lines have been in the same areas for generations. If your main two lines are of totally different ethnicities or there are recent immigrants, this will be a very useful tool! 😉
More Ancestry DNA Tools and Features Coming Soon
Ancestry 2023 Updates: New Genealogy and DNA Tools and Features
MyHeritage Features: cM Explainer DNA Tool for Your Genetic Genealogy
AncestryDNA New DNA Matches Split by Parent Feature!
AncestryDNA’s Chromosome Painter Feature: A Closer Look into Your Ethnicity Inheritance!
Ancestry’s New SideView Ethnicity Inheritance DNA Feature!
Learn about more Ancestry features and other family history and genealogy resources under the Genealogy Resources category and on my dedicated Genealogy Resources page.
Marian Burk Wood
4/17/2023 07:39:04 am
Fun to play with, but so far, no tangible results for my DNA matches. Still have to try on more matches!
4/19/2023 03:56:03 pm
Yes, fun to play with. Nothing for me either; still playing with it. :)
4/19/2023 01:56:58 pm
Like you mentioned, a fun feature, but not sure how useful it will be. I'm also curious why this feature is accessible exclusively through the DNA Story, but not through the actual match list. It will be interesting to see where AncestryDNA goes from here. Thanks for the write-up!
4/19/2023 04:01:32 pm
Yes, a fun feature but not sure how useful. They are looking for feedback on this BETA feature, and why it's only accesible through DNA story would be great feedback. ;)
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