Tuesday, October 27, 2009

23andMe Relative Finder Update

If you have tested with 23andMe, please follow these instructions to take advantage of their new Relative Finder feature. Received today from 23andMe:

Relative Finder is now in open beta. For the beta period, the number of relatives is limited to 1000, and you can only contact other people who have opted in for the beta test. Spread the word!

Here are instructions.

1. Open the page https://www.23andme.com/user/profile/ and check the checkbox near "Name:" and click on the blue "Save Changes" button.

2. Open the page https://www.23andme.com/user/edit/privacy/ and UNcheck the checkbox near "I do not want to receive sharing invitations from anyone."

3. Open the page https://www.23andme.com/you/relfinder/ and check the checkbox near "Highlight my profile in Relative Finder to show that I'm interested in making connections with potential relatives."

I suggest expanding your profile to include information that will help others decide about the probability of a connection. Profiles are also searchable by keyword, so if you have any special interests (regional/ethnic/whatever), include those in your profile. Then when you send an invitation to someone who's listed at Relative Finder, you can include a link to your profile.

I will be adding my pedigree to my profile (which you can reach by typing my name or email address into the Search Box)in hopes of finding matches.

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