If you are like me you probably say “Harumph!” alot when you check for new genetic matches to your AncestryDNA test. Scrolling through 83 pages of matches, it gets a little depressing seeing the many, many, many “No family tree” next to the matches. And the many more with only token trees containing a small number of people in them.
Three of my grandparents were immigrants to the United States, and my fourth grandparent was the son of immigrants. So, unless a lot more Czech and Irish citizens start testing, I don’t think I’ll be seeing any AncestryDNA circles* on my profile. But, I am still hoping that a reasonably close cousin or three from a few of my Irish lines show up to help me figure out where in Ireland they came from. (*waving to Tierney and McDonald folk*)
Anyway, I know that sometimes things feel worse than they are, so I decided to crunch some numbers and see how bad (or good) I really have it. Using the handy dandy AncestryDNA Helper Chrome Extension, I scanned and downloaded a data file of my matches.
I found that I have 4,230 matches in the database.
Of those matches, 2,194 do not have a family tree attached to the DNA profile. BOO.
But, that leaves 2,036 matches that do have family trees. YAY!
About a 50/50 split. “But, Wait!”, I said to myself. (I’m an awesome conversationalist.)
What are the size of these trees? Well I charted it out.
However, flipping that around in my brain, about 1,400 people have trees with 50 or more people – that might get us somewhere.
(And I can’t imagine *ever* my own tree catching up to the one tree with 139,000 people in it. Wow.)
I think the long term outlook here, is it’s only going to get better, keep your fingers crossed, and rub some rabbits’ feet. (If you can catch them. I never can.)
Or, for a more succinct statement, as my dear old father would have said, “It’s better than a stick in the eye!”**
*For more information on AncestryDNA circles, you might want to watch their video Cousin Matches and DNA Circles over on The YouTube.
**AncestryDNA representatives: you can use “It’s better than a stick in the eye!” in your next ad campaign, but I’d appreciate a few gratis test kits for my trouble.