Family Tree DNA made many genetic genealogists very happy with their updates last week. I wasn't expecting to see anything new from them for at least two weeks, but they are already releasing another update today. I am extremely encouraged by the wonderful progress that Family Tree DNA is making toward giving its customers exactly what they have been asking for. With these wonderful improvements, they are demonstrating that they really are listening to what we want and need. Thanks again, FTDNA!
These changes are scheduled to go live today.
Rebekah Canada tells us:
Weekly Information Technology/Engineering Update (10 Dec 2013)
Matches Maps Locations Clear Button
Some users have requested the ability to clear their stored map coordinates for their most distant known maternal or paternal ancestors. We have added a Remove Location button to Step 3 of the Update Most Distant Ancestor’s Location wizard.
Family Tree DNA myFTDNA BETA Family Finder – Matrix
Today, we are happy to release our new BETA Family Finder – Matrix page. The Matrix tool can tell you if two or more of your matches match each other. This is most useful when you discover matches with wholly or partly overlapping DNA segments on the Family Finder - Chromosome Browser page.
Due to privacy concerns, the suggested relationship of your two matches (if related) is not revealed. However, we can tell you whether they are related according to our Family Finder program. To use it, you select up to 10 names from the Match list on the left side of the page and add them to the Selected Matches list on the right side of the page. A grid will populate below the lists. It will indicate whether there is a match (a blue check mark) or there is not a match (an empty white tile).