A Strategy for Using MyHeritage’s Brand New DNA Match Labels

MyHeritage simply launched Labels, a brand new, free, organizational software for DNA matches.

Labels present prospects with the power to prepare their matches in numerous methods. I’ve had the chance to work with Labels for a number of days now, and I’ve developed an organizational technique that simply may be just right for you.

First, let’s check out Labels and the brand new match appear and feel as nicely.

Introducing Labels

Once you signal on and click on on DNA Matches, you’ll see a brand new pop-up field that factors to the little field to the left and says, “Label your DNA Matches.”

Sure, that little toolbar on the left is new too. I like that essentially the most used capabilities are actually essentially the most evident and fairly helpful.

Let’s see how this works.

I clicked on the little sq. field and voila, a popup appeared that claims “Handle Labels.”

Since I don’t have any labels out there but, I must outline one. Click on on “Create new label.”

30 Accessible Labels

You’ll be able to see that you’ve got a selection of 30 picks for Label colours. I made a decision to experiment by making a Label referred to as Maternal Match. Trace – Don’t do that simply but, learn by way of the remainder of this text first as a result of that is NOT one of the best technique – despite the fact that Maternal Match looks like an intuitive Label title.

Assigning Labels

After I created the Label, I wish to Label my mom as a maternal match. I choose the Label I would like after which click on on “Apply.”

You’ll have the ability to see as much as 7 Labels for anybody individual, with a little bit + signal for added Labels not proven.

Your first intuition is to create a maternal and a paternal aspect Label – however maintain on. Don’t do something simply but. We’ll speak technique in only a minute. You “solely” have 30 labels to work with, and I feel I’ve devised a strategy to make one of the best use of all 30 labels.

Favorites and Notes

MyHeritage has additionally carried out the star that signifies a favourite of some kind. It’s your selection what “favourite” means to you.

The notice icon has been moved to the left too the place you see it very first thing. Should you’ve recorded a notice, the dialog balloon shall be purple. In any other case, it’s empty. I document notes for every match as I work on them so I do know which of them nonetheless haven’t been reviewed.

Now, let’s speak about a method for use Labels successfully.

Label Technique

My first thought was that I’d instantly create a maternal and a paternal Label. That’s the very first thing a genealogist needs to learn about every match, proper? Nonetheless, if I have been to take that method, I might successfully waste two of my 30 labels, so let’s have a look at a unique technique that achieves the identical aim – and extra.

Let’s evaluate “sides” versus “{couples}.”

A “aspect” can be maternal or paternal. Every “aspect” really factors to a pair of grandparents, so my maternal aspect really signifies that I’ve recognized descent of our matching DNA by way of my maternal grandparents. My paternal aspect signifies that I’ve recognized descent by way of my paternal grandparents.

I’ve but to find out our frequent ancestor.

With out extra data, I don’t know which of the 2 grandparents on that exact aspect I match somebody by way of. I may additionally carry segments of DNA from each of these grandparents’ sides. What I do know is that my aspect of the match descends from that grandparent couple.

Each individual has 32 ancestor pairs as much as and together with the great-great-great-grandparent degree, should you rely every father or mother as one. That’s two greater than the 30 Labels out there. Hmmm…

Nonetheless, should you don’t embody every father or mother individually, and simply embody the {couples}, starting with grandparents, you could have precisely 30.

It simply so occurs that you just even have 30 Labels to work with.

Now you see why utilizing one Label every for the maternal aspect and the paternal aspect is a waste of a wonderfully good Label. Should you assign all maternal aspect matches to your maternal grandparents, and your paternal aspect matches to your paternal grandparents, you could have precisely sufficient Labels to Label every of the 30 {couples} by way of your fifth era.

Half Siblings

If an ancestor was married greater than as soon as and also you share DNA with somebody who descends from that ancestor and a unique partner, that match is mechanically pushed again to the sooner era.

For instance, I do know that my great-grandfather, Curtis Lore, #6 above, had kids with a spouse earlier than being married to my great-mother, Nora Kirsch. If I match one of many descendants of the kids of his first marriage, I do know instantly that match will get labeled with couple #13, the mother and father of Curtis Lore. How do I do know this? As a result of the individual I match shouldn’t be associated to Nora Kirsch, so our match MUST BE by way of Curt’s aspect of the tree.

Half relationships are great as a result of they serve to push the genetic match again another era.

Couple Matches

In fact, if I match somebody descended by way of Curt Lore AND Nora Kirsch, then I would like to take a look at Shared DNA Matches and/or triangulate each segment with different folks to find out which matching segments descend from Curt’s mother and father and which segments descend from Nora’s mother and father.

For sure, an individual I match might nicely want a number of Labels, as a result of it’s definitely fairly doable for me to match somebody on a number of segments, a few of which descend by way of Curt and a few of which descend by way of Nora.

The truth is, my second cousin Patty and I match by way of Curt and Nora on 9 particular person segments. Three of these segments descend from the Lore aspect and the remainder both descend from Nora’s aspect or are indeterminate at this level.

Each particular person phase has its personal genetic historical past.

In fact, should you solely match somebody on one phase, then you definately’ll (probably) solely assign that match to the feminine or the male of the couple, assuming there isn’t a crossover in the segment the place the DNA of each {couples} mixed to make an extended phase.

I wrote the article, Triangulation in Action at MyHeritage, here.

Modifying a Label

You noticed that I created the Label titled Maternal Match. Nonetheless, based mostly on my Label technique – a maternal match shifts again one era to my maternal grandparents, so want to vary Label #1 to learn, “Maternal Match – John Ferverda & Edith Lore.”

To be able to edit a Label title, click on on the field of anybody.

You’ll see the “Handle labels” field pop up.

Should you mouse over the Label you want to edit, you’ll see the pencil and trash can seem.


To edit the Label, click on on the pencil.

You’ll be able to change the textual content or the Label colours. You’re solely proven colours which might be out there, that means not but assigned to different Labels.

You will have as much as 100 textual content characters out there, so you are able to do issues like add center names and even beginning and demise years when you could have a number of ancestors with the identical names. Not that that ever occurs, in fact!😊

Make sure to “Save” when completed.

Utilizing the Labels

Referring to that second cousin match with Patty for example – let’s take a fast have a look at how I can use these 9 completely different phase matches.

I do know for certain that 2 matches are Acadian, so from Curtis Lore’s father’s aspect.

I do know that one match is from Joseph Hill and Nabby Hall, Curt’s mom Rachel Hill’s mother and father.

Cousin Patty may obtain a number of Labels.

At this level, I would like to return to the principle DNA match web page and look at Patty’s profile to have the ability to add Labels. I’ve it on good authority that MyHeritage plans so as to add the Label operate from a number of places, akin to Shared DNA Matches. I hope this new performance seems quickly, as a result of I’d prefer to Label all of my matches to my mom in a single fell swoop. (We genealogists are passionate, at all times wanting “only one other thing,” aren’t we!)

I chosen Patty and added these Labels for her, reflecting the genesis and supply of every of the segments I can establish based mostly on Shared DNA Matches, Theories of Family Relativity, triangulation, and segment painting.

The Label Filter

Now that I’ve added Labels to matches, I can use the brand new Label Filter.

By clicking on the Filter button, the Filter choices seem, together with “Labels.” I merely choose which Label or Labels I wish to use.

Please notice that choosing a number of filters makes use of the “or” performance. Which means that if I choose Antoine Lore and Rachel Hill, the yellow Label, and Joseph Hill and Nabby Corridor, the pink Label, the filter will return any match who has a Label for EITHER Antoine/Rachel OR Joseph/Nabby. Both Label qualifies.

This filter shouldn’t be the intersection, that means the AND performance. The filtered match does NOT need to have each Antoine/Rachel (yellow) AND Joseph/Nabby (pink).

I may embody the star for “favorites” in my label filter choice.


my match listing, I’ve labored on all of my shut matches, so I do know instantly which set of grandparents every match could be assigned to.

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On my match listing, I match three of those 4 folks on my father’s aspect, so they are going to be Labeled with my paternal grandparents, William George Estes and Ollie Bolton.

Our frequent ancestors are Lazarus Estes and Elizabeth Vannoy, so I’ve chosen to Label these three matches with Lazarus/Elizabeth as nicely. Nonetheless, if Robert didn’t descend from Lazarus, however from his brother, for instance, then Robert wouldn’t have been Labeled with Lazarus/Elizabeth, however with Lazarus’s mother and father whose Label I’ve not but created.

By choosing a number of folks and a number of Labels, I can Label a number of matches with a number of Labels on the identical time. I may take away a number of Labels from a number of folks too.

Strive Labels Out!

Take into consideration your label technique. What works for you?

Should you haven’t but examined your DNA at MyHeritage, you possibly can order a DNA test, here.

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Have enjoyable and let me know what sort of label technique works for you!



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