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Late last year (8 months ago) I accepted an offer via FindMyPast to upload my AncestryDNA results to Living DNA.

Three months later I followed the instructions in an email from Living DNA to opt-into its Family Networks.

Now 6 months later my Family Networks page says that I should:

Keep Fishing!

We haven't caught you any matches yet

At AncestryDNA I match to 329 4th cousins or closer and my ancestry is 75% English, 12.5% Welsh and 12.5% Scottish so I thought Living DNA would show me quite a family network of matches.

Is Family Networks expected to show 0 matches for someone like me?

  • My only matches are family members I uploaded myself. 100% English ancestry. – Harry Vervet Aug 2 '19 at 2:58
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    LivingDNA's database right now is much smaller than any of the other consumer-facing genealogy dna testing sites; plus their users have to explicitly opt-in to matching, so most people have a very small number of matches if any. I'm told it was very similar in the early days at other sites... – ColeValleyGirl Aug 2 '19 at 5:48
  • @ColeValleyGirl I think there's enough in your comment to make a minimal length answer. – PolyGeo Aug 2 '19 at 6:48
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    I am in the same matchless situation, five months after uploading. On Ancestry I see new low-grade matches every day. On LivingDNA, not one fish. I do wonder how Findmypast feel about this - they've been pushing LivingDNA as their DNA solution for a while now, and it doesn't seem to have generated much success. – AndyW Aug 2 '19 at 9:02
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    I will say that I only tested at LivingDNA to get the detailed regional breakdown on UK ancestry, and have been very pleased with it -- some of it led me to go: spot on. And some of it led me to go -- hmm -- haven't found that in my tree yet, but I do have some branches not yet leafed out. But, really, no way am I an Essex girl! Except, it transpires from some recent breakthroughs that I do indeed have unexpected ancestry in Hertfordshire and Essex. – ColeValleyGirl Aug 4 '19 at 9:33
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I found a page on the Living DNA site which was posted about June 2019 titled Why I have not got any matches with Living DNA but do elsewhere?

With the large majority of our customers only testing at Living DNA (due to our rigorous European data laws) and many choosing not to upload their data to other sites, we've already had numerous people find close relatives who were not on other platforms. Our database is also growing all the time with 50,000 more people having opted in since the beginning of the year.

Therefore, while you may not have many matches today, or even in the coming months, we really do encourage you to have your DNA on our platform and keep checking back for when more matches appear.

It seems like I am now ready to be matched, and I just need to wait for more tests to be taken and uploaded at Living DNA before the odds start to favour one of them matching me.

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