New Tools Everywhere! Exploring the New Tools at MyHeritage and AncestryDNA

The annual RootsTech convention at Salt Lake City in February has become a showcase for new tests and tools offered by the DNA testing companies. The biggest winner of all, of course, is the consumer!

Both AncestryDNA and MyHeritage announced major new developments at this year’s RootsTech. For example, AncestryDNA announced “MyTreeTags,” “New & Improved DNA Matches,” and “ThruLines,” three different tools currently in beta. The first two require an opt-in, while everyone is currently eligible for ThruLines. Meanwhile, MyHeritage announced “Theory of Family Relativity” and “AutoCluster,” both of which are currently available to members of their DNA database.

There is a LOT to digest with these tools, including knowing how to use them and understanding their limitations. To help you understand what the tools are and how to use them, I’ve created two new YouTube videos:


Exploring the New Tools at AncestryDNA:


Exploring the New Tools at MyHeritage:










10 Responses

  1. Donald W. Kimball 15 March 2019 / 12:33 am

    Thank you!

  2. David G. Tieman 24 March 2019 / 12:19 pm

    Thanks for this description of Ancestry’s New & Improved Match Tool. I could find no description of it on the Ancestry site. Since the new Tool has many improvements, I have been replacing the Labelling Chrome Extension with the New & Improved Match Tool, but I wouldn’t recommend it to the faint of heart. Although it has tremendous potential, the Beta version is so poorly integrated into the main website that it is extremely painful to use. Possible, but painful. The QC issues are minor (lots of manual refresh necessary), but the organization is not. In my experience, however, I have been able to disable the labeling extension in Chrome, enable the new Match Tool, play with it, and then disable the new Tool in Ancestry, and restart the Chrome Extensions with no loss of data. That was my experience; your experience may vary. Beware.

    • David G. Tieman 8 May 2019 / 10:13 pm

      The tool has been improved greatly! Very useful.

  3. Bridget 25 March 2019 / 5:39 pm

    That was so awesome. Thank you

  4. Karen Drickamer 30 March 2019 / 9:48 am

    Thank you, Blaine. Your explanations are always so clear!

  5. Francisco Darrell 26 May 2020 / 4:31 am

    I know that this Exploring method was used by students to compare gene drift in Australia. This popular method is used by copywriters to write term papers. Automation helps solve important data search problems by sequence. This is a simple method of pairwise sequence comparison without deletion and gene inversion. I found such a tool on the NCBI. You can compare several groups of sequences of different ethnic groups.

  6. Kevin Taylor 2 December 2020 / 7:57 am

    Exploring my DNA is my number one goal right now. I want to find out about my ancestors and write a genealogy essay for to publish. It’s my own project for people with the same ancestry line who wish to get together.

  7. Alicia Powell 22 January 2021 / 8:58 am

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  8. Howar 14 July 2021 / 7:28 am

    Hello! Thank you for this really important information. But I have a question. I’m adopted and I only have my bio mom’s side in my tree. I don’t have any adoptive family listed in my tree. Thru lines is only giving me adoptive family as potential ancestors. I have built my tree back 4 – 5 generations and still it only gives me adoptive family from other trees. Why is it not looking at my DNA linked tree?
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  9. Rose 7 February 2023 / 9:20 pm

    Thank you so much for your amazing help.

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