Status Options

The in built Status options and some suggested uses are:

  • Adopted: If your match communicates that they are adopted, you may wish to use this status to indicate the differences in researching and communications needed.

  • Analysis: When a match replies, and communication is ongoing. You may wish to record each of your steps taken to arrive at an MRCA for the relative in a project document. Some people use Google Docs for this purpose, others use the Research Notes field.

  • Emailed: recording that you have attempted to communicate with a match and possibly requested additional information (do you have a tree, etc.). For 23andMe communications, you may wish to copy/paste the message into the relative’s Research Notes. Web Based emails can have a link copied.

  • IBS: This can be determined in a number of ways. If you have tested both parents, and the relative does not match either of them but does “match” the child, this will likely be IBS, or Identical by State. Also, if no MRCA can be established and all the segments are below 7 cMs, the chances are high to be an IBS match.

  • MRCA: Successful connecting an MRCA to this relative. This status does need to be applied for some other elements of the program to work correctly.

  • New (default): All new imports to GDAT will show this status.

  • No Contact: Someone without a method of contact available. Check the data source periodically in case the match includes a contact method at some point.

  • No Info: If a response provides nothing to work with, or they have never done genealogy, you might choose this status.

  • No MRCA: If you appear to have everything to work with, but cannot establish an MRCA, you might choose to use this option. This may be due to holes in your respective genealogies, or other factors.

  • No Reply: Self determine your time frame of how long to wait for a response, some people use 3 months.

  • No Sharing: 23andMe allows people to show on match lists without sharing any aspect of DNA comparison. You may choose to use this for other reasons.

  • No Tree: Someone who has no tree online, or who has a tree that may be effectively unusable due to who is or is not visible.

  • Requested: 23andMe allows people to share or not share various aspects. If you request them to share those aspects, you can use this status.
    You may choose to use it for other reasons as well, such as requesting someone to transfer their results from one company to another or to Gedmatch.

  • Reviewed: Brief initial analysis work has been done, but not any in depth work. For example, you have determined which branch of your tree the match lies on due to other profiles they also match, but you haven’t looked any further yet.

  • Sharing: 23andMe allows people to share or not share various aspects while still appearing on match lists. You may choose to use this for other reasons.

  • Tagged: after an import, you may see a relative that you want to investigate further, but not immediately. This may be due to a large or unexpected cMs, surname, location, or any reason you choose.