Ancestry DNA has made enhancements to its search and comparison functionality. The company claims that the new features bring greater insight into a potential comparison immediately upon a search of individuals; and opens the people search to all visitors of Ancestry.com DNA.
The following information was provided by Ancestry DNA:
Search for People
Directly from the Home Page any visitor can perform a search of the Ancestry DNA Hp_2 database both by group and now also by individual. Simply type in the surname of an individual you are interested in to begin your journey to finding potential relatives.
The people search results screen has been updated to provide an MRCA distance for paternal tests and an indication of the number of maternal differences, if Ps_2 applicable. This means that you can now visually scroll down the page and see which of all those Smiths is the closest relation to you. In other words, a user will now be able to automatically see how close a match his DNA results are with anyone in the entire database--saving a lot of research time and guess work.
Together, these 2 "time-savers" allow any visitor searching Ancestry.com's DNA database to immediately tell who is or is not a close match; and once a promising candidate is identified, you can immediately begin to dig deeper within thePp_2 participant's profile. The updated participant profile includes a new comparison feature (in addition to the name, test type, haplogroup, and listing of all the groups the user is a member of) so that you can compare your own DNA results to the newly found person. This is the same results comparison functionality as is currently provided for close matches in the My Results page.
This glimpse into the participant's activity and DNA lays a foundation for more detailed collaboration and targeted group discussions. We welcome all users and visitors to take advantage of these new features and encourage all to start or join a group with your newly found relatives. Let us know what you think of these new features and which additional ones you'd like to see implemented.