You might even see a cycle form:
Here are some tips to help get you started.
- Go back through your notes to see if you missed anything
- Talk to old contacts to see if they’ve found anything new
- Take advantage of the online trees that are posted with your match’s profile
- If you and your match’s ancestors with a common surname lived in the same place at the same time, chances are, they were connected
- Don’t just build your tree – build theirs too and look for an intersection between your family lines
You can download your match’s online tree from your ftDNA match page by following these easy directions:
- Click the little green pedigree icon beside your match’s name
- When the new page opens, right click then select to “view page source”
- Click Ctrl + A then Ctrl + C to copy the entire page
- Go to James Kelly’s website and paste the source code into the box and click the submit button
A GEDCOM will download. You can then import the GEDCOM into your genealogy software. I usually create a new file in my Family Tree Maker software then use Ancestry.com to build it out.
Check out my latest post about finding a new Nix cousin through DNA testing and genealogical research – DNA Testing – My Closest Match Yet