Work From What You Know

It can be tempting when viewing your autosomal DNA matches to immediately start on the one family you “really” want to know about or that match that really confuses you and ignore the families you aren’t immediately interested in.


Work out the other ones that may be a little easier to figure out–especially when getting started. There’s three main reasons for doing that:

  • it will improve your DNA analytical skills
  • later you may need to use what you’ve figured out to see where you still have gaps
  • you may make discoveries on families you “thought you had figured out”

And you may build your confidence by having some luck with the easier ones first.

You’re not going to figure them all out in one day and your best DNA discoveries are not made immediately.

Be patient with your results–and with yourself.

See Michael’s list of DNA analysis webinars–download immediate.