Sometimes you just have to explore your tree to understand DNA relationships. In this post, I will share a free tool that can help you understand it in a visual way.
You can do this very easily with a free online tool called “Exploring Family Trees”. What is great about this tool is that it helps you visualize the endogamy and or intermarrying of people in a close-knit community.
Being able to understand this can help us realize why that second cousin match is further up the tree.
Explore Your Tree to Understand DNA Relationships
You can find this tool here: http://learnforeverlearn.com/ancestors/ and below is how to use it.
Once you go to the tool. (Note: I had to use internet explorer for it to work with me).
You will get the following popup.
If it is your first time using it don’t upload your GEDCOM file just yet. Especially if you have thousands of people in it.
Click close and use the sample tree provided.
You will then be provided with a sample tree. The one below is of Mary of Burgandy but yours may be different.
As you can see the couples towards the bottom descend from the same ancestors. This is the type of visualization that you will be able to see once you upload your GEDCOM file.
Towards the top left corner, you will see the following menu.
If you click on options you will get the following.
This tool will help find common errors in your tree.
Once you learn to use the tool and are ready to upload your GEDCOM file just press on the tab “Load GEDCOM File…”.
If you press on the “Sample Trees…” tab you will get the following options.
The “Change Root Person” will let you select anyone in your tree to see the intermarrying of their ancestors.
If you press the “Current Tree Details” you will get the following.
Also, towards the top center of the page, you will see a box that you can check titled “Highlight X DNA Contributions”. It is a very useful tool for those of us doing X-DNA research. once you click it you will get the following.
It basically shows you the DNA that each person inherited from whom.
I finally uploaded my GEDCOM file and got the following.
On the above image, you can clearly see that amount of intermarrying going on in my tree.
Remember you can use this tool here: http://learnforeverlearn.com/ancestors/
I hope that you like this post and or find it useful in your own research.