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  • Family Finder Techniques to Share

    Sharing two techniques that have worked for Family Finder with our Family Tree DNA project with the hopes that these methods may have application for others.

    Members of our Family Tree DNA project find our Family Finder Match Map (template attached) a quick and effective way to identify, visually, the surnames that are useful in researching Family Finder matches. I ask any Family Finder participant in our project to populate and post it as a PDF file to our internal project file system -- as it is really difficult to converse about matching possibilities without a common, visual frame of reference. The Family Finder match map is a single-page picture of recent ancestry that is relevant to our study.

    By referencing the Family Finder match map, project members quickly develop a sense of the common surnames that exist in recent generations of participants' family trees -- helpful for identifying those that are shared among matching Family Finder participants. After the common surnames are identified on the match map, then participants can drill-down into the detailed Family Trees, share Gedcom files to further research possible links.

    The Family Finder match report published by the project nearly every month has also had positive feedback from our members. This is essentially a "break report" that lists for each Family Finder participant (sorted alphabetically, by surname), each of their matches, along with the segment and recommended relationship information. Someone said that the Family Finder Report, formatted this way, made all of the Family Finder relationships we have in our project easier to see.
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  • #2 allows you to compare DNA and .ged files along with lots of neat tools like browser, triangulate, admixture tool, eye color.


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      These are great tools -- the Match Map provides the initial first step -- a graphical portrayal of the first several generations of ancestry -- enough to provide the initial surname link(s) for inter-related project members.

      We have found the match map essential for establishing a quick picture of ancestry for our FF participants -- the Match Map is essentially the participants "deck" - useful for the discovery of matching cards (surnames) -- and in some cases, we have multiple opportunities for these matches to occur. We want to encourage our participants to play the game -- and when they fill out the Match Map and post it, they show their cards to the group -- take their turn -- and then others proceed to follow suit.

      After completing the Match Map, and identifying links through Family Finder, participants are encouraged to share Family Trees and exchange Gedcom files -- all great methods for drilling down into the details of the match.

      We're at a more basic "show me your cards" level with Match Map -- a starting point for conversation and discovery.

      Thank you!
      Last edited by MarieRundquist; 6 February 2012, 07:50 AM.