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Geneanet DNA: annotate your matches!

Posted by Jean-Yves on Aug 19, 2022

If you have checked the list of your matches on Geneanet DNA these past few days, you may have already noticed: some new features have appeared! In this article, we will explain these in detail.

Improved layout and more information

The list of matches has been simplified for better readability. If common ancestors are found, this is now shown under the degree of relationship (Close, Extended, or Distant), and the green/amber/red color dots indicating match accuracy have been replaced by vertical bars for improved visibility.

New information has also appeared in the match list: the number of shared segments and the length of the longest segment, expressed in centimorgans (cM). A button “View DNA relationship” allows you to access the match page with detailed information.

You can now annotate each match

It is now possible to add a note to each DNA match found by clicking on “Add a note” in the right column of the match list page or on the DNA match details page. These notes are only visible to you, and you can of course edit or delete them whenever you wish. With this feature, enter additional information about each cousin as you research your list!

Don’t hesitate to use keywords in your notes to easily find them later. For example, if you enter “Switzerland” for your Swiss cousins, you can filter for only those notes in a match search.

Find your notes

There are several possibilities for reading or modifying your DNA match notes. A note is visible both in your match list (click on “View note”) and on the DNA relationship details page. A filter available through the Filter button at top right of the match list page enables you to show only those matches who have a note. You can also perform a specific text search of notes using the adjacent Search button.

Finally, you can now export your DNA match list to a spreadsheet-compatible CSV file including your notes as well as name, sex, DNA uploader username, and so on. If a match is linked to a tree, a direct URL link to it is provided. And, of course, the degree of accuracy (High, Medium, Low), the type of relationship (Close, Extended, Distant), the percentage and cM of shared DNA, the number of shared segments, the longest segment in cM, and even the match date are exported. Use external tools for in-depth analysis! The link to generate a CSV file is at the bottom left of each match list page.

Good luck in your discoveries!

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2 comments

I am Terry JOYES in England. I have JOYES located historically and currently in Sussex, Surrey and London; and I have JOYES located in France, with original residences in Campagnac (Aveyron). Which group settled first? Did the French group come to England, or did the English group go to France? Where is the link? Any help on this issue would be appreciated.


DNA is quite useless unless we dig up our forefathers bones.
research in genealogy gives one more evidence

Answer from Geneanet: DNA can be very useful if there is little or no documentation available, for example in the case of adoptees. Genetic genealogy means combining DNA relationships with genealogy. For example, you may meet a previously unknown cousin, possibly descended from a grandfather your family never knew; if genealogy can show the man was in the same place and time as the grandmother, a mystery may be solved!


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