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Are you trying to make progress using your DNA results but aren't sure what to do? This post is for you. You can try these tips and suggestions to get more from your DNA results. I started this list as part of my post about contacting AncestryDNA matches . These were suggestions of what to do while you wait for a response. You can try these anytime, though. Sometimes you aren't waiting on a response from a DNA match, sometimes you're waiting for the right DNA match or maybe you just don't have time (or the know-how) to do something more involved. These are simple but productive suggestions. What Can You Do While You Wait for DNA Matches to Respond? ...
UPDATE: I no longer recommend testing at AncestryDNA. Currently, there are severe limitations to the tools they offer and your options for third-party tools are now being limited. If you've already tested at AncestryDNA, this post will help you use those results but for faster results, consider a site with more tools and segment data like MyHeritageDNA. Some suggestions in posts may no longer be available for AncestryDNA results. This is too massive and changing too fast for me to update everything at this time. Is AncestryDNA different? Why are DNA results different from one company versus another? Why are ethnicity results different at every company? I'm not going to address why results (ethnicity or genealogical) are different in this post. I will say they are different and that doesn't make them wrong. If that's what you're looking for, read this post about why your DNA results are not wrong (even if they are different at different companies) . I am going ...
I'm thinking about renaming this post, "Contacting DNA Matches: Do It Now!" It is going to take you longer to read this post than it will take to contact SEVERAL matches after you implement my suggestion(s). So what's stopping you?  Maybe it's because... Contacting DNA matches can seem intimidating. It might be because you have so many, or maybe you just don't like contacting people out of the blue. It doesn't matter why, having a plan (and preferably a template) makes it much easier. You can request the templates plus tips and hints from this post, here . In this post, I'm going to help you craft an email template designed to deal with the issues at AncestryDNA. Since MyHeritage also uses a messaging service, several suggestions will also work there. The template can also be used for contacting any DNA match, just adapt depending on if you have the person's email vs. using a messaging service. If you're contacting a GEDmatch...