This is the second installment in a series on the new FTDNA Family Finder Matches page. As we know from the first installment, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has updated their Family Finder Matches page.

We are logged into our myFTDNA accounts, and looking at the Family Finder Matches page.

The New FTDNA Family Finder Matches Page Shot 1

In this part, we are looking at the columns and options at the top of the matches table.

Table Options for the new FTDNA Family Finder Matches Page

  1. The Show Advanced link expands a new section with additional details about matches.  This includes a really nice new way to use the in common with and not in common with triangulation tools. We will get back to this down below.The FTDNA Family Finder Matches Advanced 1
  2. Here is page navigation. It is pretty standard.
  3. The first column is the Match Date. This is the date the software most recently made the match. Experience says that this is often several days before the match is uploaded to the database. That may be why FTDNA has gone to showing the most recent matches in blocks of 3 months.
  4. Relationships Range is when most people will find the common connection. Never let the lower or upper bounds stop you. This is most important for half-siblings and cousins once or twice removed.
  5. Shared cM is how much total DNA in terms of matching segments you and your match have in common.
  6. Ancestral Surnames are your family names. This is one part I dislike. The font is too small and the display too cramped. I am sure it will improve with further updates though. Note, if you upload a GEDCOM file , the website will auto import the most recent 9 generations of names. Encourage all matches to do this.

Character Card and FTDNA Family Finder Match Details

On to the extremely cool new match information. From the handy Page Tour link on the top right, we know that the new summary of a match is the Charter Card. There are some interesting changes and additions.

The FTDNA Family Finder Matches page Advanced Bar 2

  1. The  generic person image is much simpler. We now get just the clue that blue means male and pinkish-fuchsia means female.
  2. The name is next to the image. Yes, I did change all names to protect the guilty.
  3. This is now the link to e-mail your matches. When you hover your courser over the envelop it turns green.
  4. This is the link to open, edit, and view the notes you have taken on matches.
  5. This is the link  to open and view a match’s family tree. I have heard good things about the number of trees uploaded in the past week. Things are looking up.
  6. This one is important. This icon is now how you assign a known relationship. Click it to start. Note though that you absolutely do not have to assign a relationship anymore to do triangulation.
  7. The blue bar is a new indicator of how much DNA you share with a match. Toward the left is less sharing. Toward the right is more sharing.

Family Finder Matches Advanced View

As mentioned above, the quick way to turn all Advanced View bars on is to click the link above the page numbers at the top of the table.

The FTDNA Family Finder Matches Advanced 1

You may also turn a single match’s Advanced View on by moving your mouse courser over the darker gray bar under the profile image.


This will turn the bar bright blue. Click the blue to open the Advanced View bar.

The FTDNA Family Finder Matches page Advanced Bar 1

The Advanced View Bar

Here we have the Advanced View bar.
The FTDNA Family Finder Matches page Advanced Bar 2 It contains three key new tools.

  1. The triangulation link that lets you filter any match to see the matches you do or do not share with them.
  2. The compare in Chromosome Browser link that lets you add up to 5 matches for comparison right from this page. This is handy to do after you have run an in common with triangulation.
  3. The maternal (mtDNA) and paternal (Y-DNA) haplogroups where tested.

OK. In the next installment I will do a step by step on how to run a triangulation comparison.