Where can I see DNA Matches on my family site?

If you manage DNA kit(s) for yourself or other people, you can find all DNA Matches the following way: 

Hover your mouse over the “DNA” tab and select “DNA Matches”:

On the DNA Matches page, click on the person for whom you want to display the DNA Matches:

You will see the list of DNA Matches that were found for this person, sorted by quality (the strongest matches will be at the top of the list). 

Each DNA Match contains the following information:

  • The person's name

  • His/her place of birth/residence if available

  • The DNA Matching data (shared DNA percentage, number of shared segments, and the length of the largest segment). Click here for explanation: What kind of data can I get from DNA Matches?

  • The possible relationship with the matching person in your tree. The larger the shared segment is, the higher the probability of the relationship with you, and the closer the possible relationship will be (e.g. a very large shared segment may reveal a possible relationship of 1st–2nd cousin).

Here are some tips for an easier review of your DNA Matches:

1. Sort your matches: You have the possibility to sort your DNA Matches based on the quantity and characteristics of the DNA that you share with the person you were matched with.

To do that, click on ‘Shared DNA’ on top of the list, which is the the default sorting criteria. Besides the shared DNA, you can sort your matches by the number of Shared Segments, by Largest segments or by name in alphabetical order.

2. Filter your matches: you can filter down the DNA Matches by clicking on the filter icon located in the upper right corner of the list. This is very useful if for example you only want to see the matches who share the same surname as yours, or those with whom you also got Smart Matches:

3.  Search for specific matches:  similar to the filter, the search option allows you to search for specific data among your  DNA Matches. First, click on ‘All’ - the default criteria - and select the type of data you are looking for such as a country of residence, or the surname of an ancestor.

Then type the specific information you are looking for in the search bar and click on the magnifier icon to start the search:

You can clear the search by clicking on the ‘Clear’ button on the left side.

4. Contact the webmaster: If your match has a family tree, you’ll also be able to view it and get more insight about how the two of you are related. We recommend that you contact your top DNA Matches in order to exchange information about how you may be related. To do so, simply click on the ‘Contact’ button next to the person’s name:

You can also hover over the person’s name to see more information, such as the family sites they manage, which you will be able to visit and ask membership.

5. View the match in their family tree:  If the matching person appears in a family tree on MyHeritage, you will see the details about the matching tree on the right and side. Click on “View tree” to view the family tree and see how you are related to the matching person.

In addition, depending on the privacy settings of the webmaster, you might need to request membership prior to seeing the tree.

Note: Contacting other site managers and viewing their tree are Premium features. 

6. View Smart Matches: If you have Smart Matches™ with this person, you will be notified here as well. Click “View Smart Matches™” to see all the Smart Matches found between your family trees, and add even more information to your family tree.

7. Add notes to your matches: You can add notes to a DNA Match by clicking on the note icon in the upper right corner of the match window. This will open the dialog box where you can type notes up to 2,000 characters.

To delete a note, simply delete the content from the dialog box and click save.

If you would like to investigate further on the quality of a DNA Match and determine whether the estimated genetic relation indicates a true family connection, please read this article: How do I review a DNA Match?