From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com), news of an increase of 64% in Theory of Family Relativity matches:
We’re happy to announce that we’ve just refreshed the data for the Theory of Family Relativity™ for the third time since releasing this game-changing feature in February 2019. This revolutionary technology may offer astounding new information on your family connections.
The Theory of Family Relativity™ helps you make the most of your DNA Matches by incorporating genealogical information from all our collections of 12.5 billion historical records and 4 billion family tree profiles, to offer theories on how you and your DNA Matches might be related.
Users who have taken a MyHeritage DNA test or who have uploaded a DNA kit from another service since the last update may now receive answers and new insights about their relationships to their DNA Matches. This update will also provide users who have previously taken a MyHeritage DNA test or uploaded their DNA data with new theories to further their research, thanks to MyHeritage’s ever-growing database of family trees and historical records.
The full story is available at https://blog.myheritage.com/2020/09/update-to-theory-of-family-relativity-3/.
COMMENT: I recently uploaded DNA profiles for my wife, a parent and an uncle, and with this release I now finally have some Theory of Family Relativity matches for all of us.
It is interesting to note the difference in the quality of the proposed matches between those on my family's side, and those of my wife. Much of my lot are from Northern Ireland and Scotland, and are considerably well documented, whereas my wife's family are from a tight community in the county border area between Kilkenny and Tipperaray in the Republic of Ireland, and are considerably less well documented. This means that many overseas descendants have put two and two together when looking for records and have come up with five, on documents concerning folk with fairly common names such as Gorman and Murray, reflected in the trees they have uploaded which MyHeritage is attempting to posit links (something I have noted replicated in the number of suggested DNA matches on Ancestry via ThruLines).
The suggested theories do involve genetic matches, but I suspect there will be a bit more work involved there to separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of what is accurate and what is not.
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