I’m still playing with my results on AncestryDNA, so I’m still learning.
However there is one thing I wish I could do there: filter my results by submitter.
Manually searching trees and searching trees by specific surnames seems highly inefficient to me. And there’s no guarantee that a surname that matches is even the line on which we connect.
One reason I submitted to on AncestryDNA, was to locate relatives of my two Irish-born great-great-grandparents, Samuel and Anne (Murphy) Neill. He was born in the general area of NewtownLimavady in the 1830s and she was born in Ireland (location unknown) in the early 1840s.
My maternal side is fairly well-documented with a paper trail and I have more than adequate leads on my other paternal families. What I would like to do all my matches on AncestryDNA is:
- throw out those who match the two descendants of my Ufkes great-grandparents who have tested
- throw out those who match the descendant of my Habben great-grandparents who have tested
- throw out the descendants of my Trautvetter great-grandparents who have tested
That would leave the descendants of my Neill great-grandparents, Charles and Fannie (Rampley) Neill. Charles was the son of my Irish immigrants. Descendants of Fannie’s parents have tested–they could be thrown out too.
That would leave the descendants of my Irish great-great-grandparents as my matches.
Then I could focus on those matches.
That’s what I’d like.
And I’d really like that instead of my ethnic ancestry–although I understand that it what motivates many people to test.
And if there’s a way to do that on AncestryDNA I would like to know it, because I overlooked it.