DNA Matching Enhanced with New Features


DNA Matching is one of the main features of the MyHeritage DNA kit. It is also still available for free for users who have tested with other DNA services.

We’ve just added several useful new features to DNA Matching, to make it easier for you to find and connect with relatives based on shared DNA. Here are the new features:

Extended information about shared ancestral surnames

In November 2016, we introduced a user-requested feature to DNA Matching, Ancestral Surnames, automatically identifying which ancestral surnames you and your DNA matches have in common. This is displayed in the list of matches, based on our inspection of the family trees. We’ve now added extended information, describing the relevance of each surname and its connection to you and to the other user who matched your DNA. This information can show you whether the common ancestral surname is found on the paternal or maternal side. You can also search all your DNA Matches by an ancestral surname.

On your DNA Matches page, you will see ancestral surnames for your matches, which can help determine who your shared ancestors are.


To view extended information about any of the common ancestral surnames, move the mouse over it. A tooltip will open with additional details. There you’ll see which side of the family (maternal or paternal) the shared ancestral surname can be found, both in your family tree and the tree of your DNA Match. You’ll also see the number of ancestors with the Ancestral Surname in your tree and in the other tree and the shortest ancestral relationship path to an ancestor with that surname.

Here are two examples:


Search by Ancestral Surnames

In the top right corner, we’ve added a Search option where, in addition to searching by name of DNA Match, and country, you can now search by shared ancestral surnames. This can be useful in case you want to focus on particular DNA Matches that you believe are connected to you through a specific branch of the family.


Use the drop down menu to select which field to search by; search by all (default), full name of the DNA Match, country, or ancestral surnames.



Search results look like this:

To clear a search, click “Clear” on the top left of your search results.


New Filtering Options

You can filter your DNA Matches to show only those matches that include a family tree on MyHeritage, only DNA Matches with Smart Matches™ between your trees, or only matches with which you have ancestral surnames in common.

Click the funnel icon on the top right of the DNA matches for the drop down menu with filtering options.


Add Notes to DNA Matches

You can now add notes to your DNA Matches to keep track of your research progress with each match and to organize them better. For example, if you have a match with a newfound third cousin, and you have been in contact with them about a shared ancestor, you can add notes about the communication and next steps. You can use this to differentiate between matches you’ve inspected and matches you haven’t reviewed yet.

To add or edit your notes for a particular match, click the notes icon at the top right of the match, as shown below:


A notes section will open up. Enter your notes, and click “Save notes” before closing the section.


After saving a note, the notes tab will be marked orange, so that you can quickly locate all of your matches that contain notes.


In the near future, we’ll add the option to filter matches to show only those that have added and to enable you to search your matches by the content of the notes.

We hope that these new enhancements will help make DNA Matching even more useful for you.

If you’ve been waiting to test your DNA or to order a kit for a relative, now is the time! Order a DNA kit today to open up new horizons in your family history research.

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  • hindmarch

    January 17, 2017

    My mothers surname is Saint , we also have Snowball which has been traced back to the 1500. Would like to know about the other 2 branches of my family.

  • Maria

    January 18, 2017

    It might sound silly, but will all siblings have the same DNA results?

    • Esther

      January 19, 2017

      Hi Maria,

      Two siblings will have similar DNA but not exactly the same. Each sibling gets the same distribution of parental DNA in terms of percentages — each sibling gets half of their DNA from the mother and half from the father. However, each sibling gets different parts of the two parents’ DNA.

      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Cis

    January 30, 2017

    Will we be able to load our DNA from 23andme?

  • Sonja L McInvale

    January 30, 2017

    Thanks so much for new tools it will help alot. There is still one thing you could offer that no one else is offering. surname research groups they have them on ftdna for y an mtdna an ancestry has dna circles but ancestries program makes those. I am doing research to try an find my fathers 2,3,4th ggp an have alot of cousins i have sent ftdna an ancesty test but know where to put all this info. I have alot more cousins who are willing to test to help solve this mystery. I would be so great if there was a research tree we could build an when we have enough evidence we could make it piblic an invite all the cousins to it. When I tell all my geno freinds this idea they say never but i am still hopeful some smart computer wize will come up with a way to do this. Until then it would be great if there was a place to enter our gedmatch.com kit# so we can use the tools there .Thanks for all you do to help us preserve an share our Family Heritage.

  • June Middleton

    January 30, 2017

    I have found out I have a relative by the name of Ledsome

  • Rosemary Diaz neé Farrell

    January 31, 2017

    I’d like to find out about my DNA

  • Maria Hernandez

    January 31, 2017

    is trying to find the ancestors on her fathers side

  • John Hindle

    January 31, 2017

    Is DNA test you do, down the mothers side or fathers side?

    • Esther

      January 31, 2017

      Hi John,

      We offer an Autosomal DNA test which tests both side. “Autosomal DNA is a term used in genetic genealogy to describe DNA which is inherited from the autosomal chromosomes. An autosome is any of the numbered chromosomes, as opposed to the sex chromosomes. Humans have 22 pairs of autosomes and one pair of sex chromosomes (the X chromosome and the Y chromosome).”

      Best, Esther

  • Neil

    January 31, 2017

    Question, really, not a comment: how does one go about this from South Africa?
    Thank you

    • Esther

      January 31, 2017

      Hi Neil,

      You can order a DNA test to South Africa. MyHeritage DNA is currently offered in all countries worldwide except France, Poland, Israel, the state of Alaska, and a few French island territories


  • Jeannette Esmeen Dunstan Usher

    January 31, 2017

    My maiden surname is Dunstan married to a Usher
    My granny was a Miss Rose Conley she married a Mr Booth
    Then Marriedr Kenneth Walter Dunstan

  • Sean

    January 31, 2017

    The only surname I’ve ever known is my adopted one.
    Will this tool help me find out more about my natural ancestry?

    • Esther

      January 31, 2017

      Hi Sean,

      DNA Matching can be especially helpful in finding relatives that you never knew. The DNA test is a simple cheek swab, and has nothing to do with your last name.

      Best, Esther

  • Mary “Moe” Reilly

    January 31, 2017

    I do not know who my natural father is. My Mother only remembers his first name. I want to find out as much as possible to maybe find him. He is not aware of me. I was the result of a “one time oops”.

  • Pamela Joy Fredericks

    January 31, 2017

    Yes! I want it.

  • Judy

    January 31, 2017

    Ancestral surnames and family trees are very helpful features; however, I find in the group of my possible DNA matches that few participants even bother to add any additional information. I have my suspicions that many people in the data base have been DNA tested to satisfy the request of another family member and really have no interest in the process for their own research. Many people don’t even respond to the contact requests so I have stopped trying. I recognize that this takes extra effort so when I do find a confirmed match (rarely), it really makes my day.

  • Grant Hudson

    January 31, 2017

    My mother’s sur name is Maxwell,my grandfather was grant lewin Maxwell I am trying to find my native American blood line..

  • Judy H

    January 31, 2017

    Is there a cost to have a tree with MyHeritage or to upload DNA from Ancestry?

    • Esther

      February 1, 2017

      Hi Judy,

      You can build a family tree on a basic family site at MyHeritage for free. For Basic sites, the limit of people that can be entered in the tree is 250. Uploading your DNA data from other testing services is currently free as well.


  • Elizabeth Ann Fagan

    January 31, 2017

    My problem is that I can’t work back from myself. I was adopted at 4 and desperately want to know more about my birth mother but most ancestry sites work back from present day. I need to find out about her life in the period from my adoption to her death. She would be 111 now, so unlikely she’s still alive.I grew up thinking I was the daughter of her husband but have recently discovered my father was an American air force officer!!! It was war time, these things happen. I was told she had me adopted because the rest of the family were moving to Australia but it now seems she never lived more than a mile from me.Quite a dilemma.

  • Tess Crescini

    January 31, 2017

    Is this DNA search only for the US? I have relatives all over the world. I was born in the Philippines and my maternal grandmother is from Spain and my paternal great grandparents are from Italy or maybe Italian-American. Other than my father’s side of the family who are all here in USA now, the rest are still in the Philippines or all over the world.

    Please advise.

    • Esther

      February 1, 2017

      Hi Tess,

      DNA Matching is available worldwide, and if you have global roots, you should get matches with relatives all over the world.


  • Marilyn Martin

    February 1, 2017

    I’m Earl Ray Smothers’s sister .

  • Jennie Saldivar

    February 6, 2017

    I would love to order a kit for myself & several other people who are interested. I have hardly any info on my father’s side.

  • Louise Ford

    February 6, 2017

    I live in South Africa and want to do the DNA test. Are you able to send DNA kits to South Africa?

    • Esther

      February 6, 2017

      Hi Louise, We can send tests to South Africa!

  • Reuben Merrill

    February 6, 2017

    Looking for ancestors of Reuben Merrill from Compton,Quebec

  • Tony de la cruz

    February 6, 2017

    I just found my biological mother and it has been amazing because through her I now have my own family tree. Unfortunately I was th eproduct of

  • Katie

    February 10, 2017

    Do these DNA results come from both parents or just mothers side? Just did mine and shocked by my results.

    • Esther

      April 20, 2017

      Hi Katie,

      Our test is an autosomal test, which means that it tests both sides of the family.

      Best, Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Darlene Goulding

    August 19, 2017

    How do I add in some of the ancestors of my husband. I don’t want to add a GEDCOM because I want to keep some names private?

    • Esther

      August 20, 2017

      Hi Darlene,

      By default, living names will appear privatized to guests of your family site, whether you add the names manually or by importing a Gedcom file.

      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Emma

    January 10, 2018

    I got my dad a dna kit from heritage I done mine with 23andme . I downloaded mine to the my heritage account as I did my dads. I uploaded mine months ago and it still shows its pending why is that? Can my test really be uploaded?

    • Jess

      January 16, 2018

      Hello Emma, we do not support DNA Matching to DNA kits that are based on the Illumina GSA chip. These include kits from 23andMe (recent V5 version) and Living DNA. We have support for DNA data from GSA chips working in our lab; it is in fairly good shape, but still not perfect, so we decided to exclude it from this release until it is perfected. This will be added in the next few months. To learn more please read our recent blog post: https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/01/major-updates-and-improvements-to-myheritage-dna-matching/