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DNA Relatives: Sorting and Filtering Matches

In a previous version of the DNA Relatives tool, customers could choose to participate anonymously - meaning that their name would be displayed as "Anonymous" to their relatives. Since October 2015, new customers have been required to provide their name, initials, or a combination of the two and cannot participate anonymously. Customers who opted in to DNA Relatives and chose to be anonymous on the old experience have been required to update their display name in order to view their DNA Relatives.

As of June 15th, 2018, customers who have not updated their display preferences will be automatically opted out, and will no longer be visible in the tool to others. At any point these customers may opt in to participate simply by visiting the DNA Relatives feature and selecting their preferences.

The 23andMe DNA Relatives tool is a popular, interactive tool that allows you to find and connect with genetic relatives and see specific DNA segments you share with them. The DNA Relatives tool can identify relatives on any branch of your recent family tree by taking advantage of the autosomal chromosomes — the 22 chromosomes that are passed down from your ancestors on both sides of your family — and the X chromosome.

The DNA Relatives tool includes a few ways to help you filter and sort your list of genetic matches. To get started, use the filter options on the right side of the page to find those relatives that are of interest to you. Once you find a relative you would like to connect with, you can send him or her a message, favorite the relative, or establish a sharing relationship. To easily find relatives you marked as favorites or ones with whom you have a sharing connection, you can use the sorting options located at the top your list.

Some users are more interested in a certain degree of relatives — whether closer or more distant. Using the Strength of Relationship sort option, you can order your list based on predicted relationship, percent related or the number of segments shared. You can also sort your list to surface the newest matches first, by using Newest Relatives in the Strength of Relationship sort option.


Sort by

There are several options for sorting your list of matches, but only one sort tool can be used at a time. You can combine sort and filter options to narrow your list down.

Favorites | Strength of Relationship | Sharing Status


To keep track of certain matches (such as those you exchanged messages with), you can click the star at the left of their entry to mark them as a favorite. By clicking the star in the header or in the sort by list, you can sort your matches to surface your favorites.



Under the Strength of Relationship dropdown you can sort your matches by relationship, percent related, or segments shared.

  • Strength of Relationship sorts by the predicted relationship from the closest relative down to the most distant.
  • Percent Related sorts by the percent DNA you have in common with matches.
  • Segments Shared sorts by the number of segments you share with matches.
  • Newest Relatives sorts by your list to surface relatives who more recently opted to participate in the DNA Relatives tool.



You also have the option to sort by sharing status:

  • Sharing means you have established a 1:1 sharing connection with the match.
  • Pending means the sharing invitation between you and the match is awaiting a response.
  • Open Sharing means the match has elected to share certain information about himself or herself – including the location of overlapping DNA segments and ancestry reports – with his or her matches without having to establish a 1:1 sharing connection.
  • Not Sharing means you are not sharing with these matches and the match has not elected to participate in Open Sharing.




Filter options can be used to quickly and easily view certain relatives in your list of matches. Filters can be used on their own or in combination with the sort options.

Search | Relationship | Ancestor Birthplaces | Surname

Mom’s Side/ Dad’s Side | Hide Anonymous Matches


Search can be used in conjunction with other filters and sorting. Search for surnames, locations, or other information about relatives to narrow your list by that criteria.



The Relationship filter allows you to only view certain matches – such as those that are likely to be a 3rd cousin or closer. Use the Relationship slider to filter your DNA Relatives based on the lower limit of your predicted relationship range. To only see DNA Relatives with predicted relationship ranges that begin at 3rd or 4th cousin, for example, set the lower end of the slider to “3” and the upper end of the slider to 4.


Ancestor Birthplaces

Searching by country of origin can be a useful way to research your family roots. Click a country to filter your DNA Relatives list to people with at least one grandparent from that country. Click the secondary filter to refine your list to matches with two, three, or four grandparents from that country



Surnames can be important clues about branches of your family and connections to relatives. Select the box in front of a surname to see all of your matches who have that particular surname in their family tree.


Mom’s Side/ Dad’s Side

If you have one or both of your biological parents genotyped with 23andMe and are sharing with them, DNA Relatives can determine whether a match shares DNA with both you and one of your parents, and therefore is likely to be on either your mother's side or your father's side.


Hide Anonymous Matches

Matches who recently transferred to the new 23andMe website experience are listed as anonymous until they opt in to the new DNA Relatives tool. Use this filter to hide these individuals from your list.



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