Ancestry’s ThruLines – Are they True Lines?

hey everybody Connie Knox here with
Genealogy TV. I am here to help you go further faster and factually with your
family research. Today I want to talk about the new product that ancestry has
come out with called ThruLines, it’s under the DNA tab on on the website
online at so I wanted to talk about that today and talk about the
good in the bad and the ugly I don’t know there’s any ugly about it it’s just
a couple things that I want everyone to be aware of I know that as I started
exploring with it I went mmm wait wait a minute let’s let’s dig into that a
little bit deeper and that is kind of the theme here today is dig deeper okay
so let’s jump over to the website and let me walk you through some of what I’m
learning so over here under the DNA tab you know you go to your normal results
right and normally we would scroll down and this is where through lines has
jumped in in place of the DNA circles if you recall this section before I had DNA
circles now in another episode I talk a lot about DNA matches and your cousin
matches and using those as really the the real meat and potatoes of doing your
DNA research so moving on down though
there’s this section down here called new ancestry discoveries and this is
they’re still in beta and if we open that up this is basically taking your
DNA connections right and it’s telling you people that you may not have
discovered in your own tree yet well right here is a gal named viola Morrison
viola I guess your name’s villi like as in lily viola Morrison so let’s remember
her for a moment okay and we’re gonna come back to that in a
minute but if you scroll down you can see the various potential ancestors in
my family and I occasionally come in here and look at them and and sometimes
every now and then I will already have somebody in my tree and somehow it’s
duplicated probably because these people are actually in other people’s trees and
so it’s always a word of caution when using somebody else’s tree to look at
all the sources and do the homework again yourself because it only makes a
stronger tree so let’s jump over to viola Morrison so here’s viola right and
it says here a little bit more information about her viola Morrison was
born in 1793 in Pennsylvania oh excuse me
Pitts Pittsylvania Virginia and so on but it says to learn more about viola we
can open that up and we get her her life line and all kinds of good information
there’s a point here so if we take viola this is now in the DNA circles that says
there are 71 members and 17 matches to me and here’s the the DNA circle as it
used to be and it is still there for you and if I click on this guy’s like holy
cow look at all these people that are in the DNA circle so these people do not
have a DNA connection with me this is my group here so I only have a DNA
connection with these guys but this group right here has a DNA connection
with all of these people so it’s potential because if you’ll remember we
get 50% of our DNA from a mother 50% of our DNA from our father therefore 25%
from each grandparent and gets smaller and smaller so it could be that one of
those lines that’s dying out in our genetic tree while we still have a real
paper tree right it could be that these guys are falling into the paper tree and
not into my genetic tree like see they’re not in my genetic tree but they
are probably have their family ties in my
pertree okay let’s just hold that thought for a min okay so if we look and
we scroll around the different people all these people have a connection with
each other it just so happens that I and I’m in this group I don’t have an exact
DNA connection with these folks all right now holding that thought we’re
gonna go back up okay if we go back into the through lines and we scroll all the
way down and I before we go in there your closest matches are going to be up
top so my folks my grandparents my grandparents great-grandparents and so
on until the genetic distance gets farther and farther away but one of the
things I had fun doing was going all the way down to the bottom here and I
started discovering all of these people that say potential ancestor and these
are the ones I was really interested in and here it says viola Morrison same
person that was in the DNA circles potential ancestors so if I click
through to her it takes me to the it’s basically the same thing as the DNA
circles except in a much better view so here’s viola who is remember a potential
ancestor it shows me whose tree it’s from and it shows me how I’m connected
all right so there’s 12 DNA connections in this line this is me so if I open
this up I can see you know how I connect there’s me mom grandfather and so on
up to this potential ancestor so what they’re doing is they’re taking other
people’s trees and they’re putting them in line with you as through lines for
potential ancestors but keep in mind we are always very cautious about using
other people’s trees and this person is coming from this person’s tree but
what’s also interesting here is that it’s showing now
I dunno Melissa Smith is in my tree okay and it’s showing other siblings based on
other people’s trees here’s another tree here’s another tree here’s another tree
and we can scroll to the right this is kind of cool actually we can scroll to
the right and we can see all of these other potential or likely and quite
honestly I don’t recall if these people are in my tree this is kind of an
offshoot for me but it does give you a hint
over here as to whose tree this information is coming from and it says
how many DNA matches are in this line so here there’s 12 DNA matches in this line
here there are 3 DNA matches in this line for DNA 8 DNA and for DNA matches
so well there’s a lot of cousins in this line ok so if if I want to open it up in
my own direct line those 12 DNA matches are are these set of matches so 5 plus 3
is 8 plus 2 is 10 plus 2 is 12 that’s the 12 that we saw in the previous
screen shot so here’s the 12 DNA matches again and we can now drill in to say
this line to see if we want to learn more about it here and there’s one DNA
match in the other three we can open that up and we can see even more all
right so we got those 12 what’s interesting is I want to go up I want to
see okay who else is in there well I could drill through to this person’s
tree and now you got to pay attention you’re looking at somebody else’s tree
over here and you can then see all right well what kind of evidence do you have
that says this person belongs in this tree you can also come over here and
look at their tree as opposed coming up here and looking at your tree so if you
click through to the tree now we can see how viola Morris Morrison fits into the
tree and holy cow so here is probably the owner of that tree
not sure where vile is hanging out so let’s type in viola and there she is
so we click on that alright and there she is so now I’ve got more potential
ancestors for viola I can study how is it that viola is related to my family
and I can sit there and go through all of her tree and go ok yep she’s got it
right I can look at all the evidence say ok I’m with you I understand and then I
can import some of that data let’s go look at this for example we go look at
her profile and we go oh alright I see this and go through yep
cable yep that’s right mm-hmm that makes sense ok this is some great
finds here ok if I like it I can come up here and I can say save to a person in
my tree what happens if I type biola I know violas not in my tree she’s not in
my tree so I say add a new person to my tree and now I get to add all that new
information so let’s take a look at another line in the tree again one of
the things that I discovered here is this says private but this person’s long
since dead surely because this is this person’s a 4th great-uncle third
great-grandfather so if this is a third great-grandfather this is a fourth
great-grandmother and so I drill into this and I’m like ok well who is this
person well this this private tree contains
information about Sarah Gill Kherson born in 1785 in Greenbrier
West Virginia so I mean it’s still giving me that information even though
it says that person is listed as private so I can then contact the owner of this
tree and say hey yo cousin help me out here tell me about your family history
and so that that is right there good information so moving on to another
example I did the same thing here and again William Morris it gives me
information about this person’s tree and all of the sources that they might have
so again you can contact that person here’s an interesting situation so this
is a different part of my tree but I it in when you get down and you drill
downwards it gives you this up arrow and you can also find ancestors in the
upward direction which is kind of interesting so this
unknown Simmons is something I wrote in my tree but because of the DNA
connections I might be able to find out who that unknown Simmons person is by
digging around in all of these other DNA match trees and so it’s just a matter of
digging in looking at their resources in those other people’s trees now when
you’re done you can always go back over here in the upper left corner to the
back to through lines I find it interesting that they call it that but
through lines I keep wanting to call it true lines but it’s not true that’s for
sure because it is definitely using other people’s trees to estimate what
other people might be in your tree I know that this one’s mine but this one
this one is not this one comes from somebody else let’s go see it comes from
a John Simmons in 1871 it comes from a private tree so I can then contact that
person about that private tree it’s actually rather cool and of course it
says its beta I know they are also looking for a feedback so you look it’s
even asking was this useful please provide feedback I highly recommend you
do that so if we go back all the way back to my DNA results it has replaced
the DNA circles with these through lines so I give it a one and a half thumbs up
let’s say I’m just a little skeptical because I’m afraid that people are going
to assume that what’s in the through lines is true
you know it’s magic because you know whatever is online has got to be right
right know do the homework go look at the resources go look it and see if
you’re coming to the same conclusions that the other ancestry members are as
well because if if you’re coming to a conclusion and somebody else is coming
to that same conclusion based on the evidence that you’ve collectively found
whether you found some and somebody else found some and you both come to the same
conclusion that makes only for a stronger tree and that’s what we want
right we want the whole world tree to be perfect right well it never will be but
you know if if you import data from another members tree and it’s wrong then
now that’s two people that say it’s wrong and some third newbie comes along
and they go oh two people think that’s right so it must be and they import it
into their tree now it’s three people we need to make sure that everybody’s
looking at the data and thinking for themselves is this look logical does
this look right and in doing some quality research and collaborating
that’s kind of what this is about – right so that is my take on through
lines I hope you enjoyed that if you liked it if it was helpful please give
it a thumbs up and don’t forget to share sharing is caring until next time keep
on climbing your family tree you


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