My mum just got me to start adding DNA Matches data that will soon be purged from their databases to specific groups on her Ancestry.com
account. It's a massive task to tag/group each match to preserve the connection in your account, however there is a script floating around that automates the task somewhat. It's at the end of this post.
I'm not sure if this has been posted here before, and I couldn't find anything from searching, so here is some stuff that might help you. What does this mean?
are purging certain data matches from their databases, presumably due to storage concerns, among other things (having been sold for 4.7B USD?). This isn't an official article, but mentions some things about it: https://dna-explained.com/2020/07/30/ancestry-match-purge-update/
. This makes sense, because not many people will use this data, and it is probably MASSIVE amount of space in their databases. What is the data being purged?
It's matches between your DNA and other tested users that have a relationship of 8cM, 7cM and 6cM, which is further explained here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centimorgan
. Basically the more of a separation in DNA, the lower the cM number. For each Ancestry.com
account user the data would represent literally thousands, possibly tens of thousands, of distant cousins and relatives, perhaps between 8 to 12 generations back, but could be more or less, those numbers are just what I've gathered over the last couple hours looking into it all. Does this affect me much?
I'm not an expert user, but it essentially means you will no longer be able to find matches between you and those tens of thousands of users. I guess if you are just a normal user you would like to trace your ancestry backwards like 6 generations, but not necessarily sideways to very distant cousins. This data is probably more relevant to expert researchers, or perhaps just people who are completionists, or have some form of OCD about it, or who don't like the idea of the data disappearing in case they want to use it in the future (my mum). How can I save the data on my account to preserve it?
I'm not sure who or how many people will want to use this script, and it's pretty basic for anyone who is a software developer to use, but if you aren't savvy and need some assistance, feel free to reply in the comments and I could probably jump in Discord to help you get it started.
Here is the script that is floating around Facebook, along with instructions. I have made some minor changes because the script was missing carriage returns in places, and the instructions were a bit unclear. Sorry I can't credit the original author because the copy I got doesn't mention them. If anyone knows maybe mention below.
EDIT: This link has an updated version of the script, and some much better instructions, as well as a video on how to use it! https://dnagenealogy.tumblr.com/post/625489428189675520/roger-fr%C3%B8ysaas-ancestry-autotagger-script
I'm gonna leave the script below anyway, since it works fine for me.
On the matches page, it basically iterates through each match and adds them to the chosen group.