The two charts below show the quantity of matches for my wife and I by testing company in November 2017 and then in March 2018 - approximately 4 months.
|2017-11-07 DNA Matches by Testing Company|
|2018-03-10 DNA Matches by Testing Company|
23andMe only shows the top 1200 or so matches for each kit, so their quantity of identified matches has not increased (it actually decreased) despite an increase in the number of people tested.
MyHeritageDNA shows a phenomenal increase in the quantity of matches, but this has more to do with changes in how MyHeritage identifies matches and a reduced threshold in the amount of shared DNA required to become a match, rather than a huge increase in the number of people tested.
Despite the large increase in the number of matches, the quantity of matches verifiable through paper research has only increased by 13% for me and 4% for Marlene - a disappointing result! The primary reasons for this are -
- Lack of response to messages to new matches
- Absence of online family trees by new matches
AncestryDNA identifies a suggested relationship for each match, and overall I have only been able to confirm (through paper research) less than 0.1% of our identified matches.
|2018-03-10 AncestryDNA Matches by Relationship|
Marlene has only been 50% successful in confirming her 2nd and 3rd cousin matches. Perhaps this indicates an adoption, or perhaps a non-paternal event. Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, I will continue my weekly ritual of checking new matches on all of the testing company sites, and continue trying to get unconfirmed matches to respond to my messages.