05 December 2013

Family Tree DNA Updates Website

Family Tree DNA has updated their site using the requests presented to them by the genetic genealogists at their yearly conference in Houston this last November.  These change,s as promised, have happened in record speed!  HAPPY DANCE!

All of the following were among the requests, and there are more requests slated to come!  This is a very exciting time to see that Family Tree DNA is listening to the project administrators who are greatly involved in using the website features I the best possible ways to assist in dealing with genealogical brick walls.

The announcement stated:

Today we are releasing some great updates that were requested during our 9th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy.  Here is a quick summary with some screen shots of what to expect.

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1. The timeout for myFTDNA has been increased from 30 min to 2 hrs.  This will benefit everyone but will especially be appreciated by our Group Admins when they are impersonating into a kit.
2. Changed the word “Triangulation” to “Common Matches” for Family Finder matching.
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3. Instead of using the word “Steps” on the matching pages we will now use “Genetic Distance.”  This will effect both the Y-DNA and mtDNA matching pages.
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4. Fixed the Interactive Tour.  It was getting stuck at the Family Finder section but will now complete.
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5. Updated the Profile Pop up on matching pages with a new design and restored the “About Me” section and badges.  This profile is available on all matching pages:  Y-DNA, mtDNA, Family Finder, and Advanced Matching.
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6. Added the ability for a user to download chromosome browser data for all of their matches.  This new option is towards the top right side of the chromosome browser page and will be in Excel format.

YEAH for these changes, especially number one an six since administrators are often timed-out before our work is complete AND the latter change allows everyone to download the chromosome browser data for all of our matches at once instead of five at a time! HAPPY, HAPPY DANCE!!!

Although some of these changes may seem minor, they are all very helpful...and the real point is this:  Family Tree DNA is listening to the needs of genetic genealogists who know best how to use DNA testing for their family research.  These changes reflex needs that make the lives of voluntary project administrators easier as well as clarify the process for the DNA users.

All of us are very anxious to see the rest of the proposed list addressed in the coming months, and are very hopeful that most, if not all, of the suggested changes will be implemented.  

AND, how many companies do you know that listen to consumer needs with positive action?  I can't name any other.  

Looking forward to the future!

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