A Segment-ology TIDBIT
Contact your Matches soon! This is an imperative!
Over 12 million atDNA kits have been sold. Two of the largest companies are AncestryDNA and MyHeritage, who really push for hefty, annual subscriptions. Because of this, and several other reasons, our Matches are dropping out in droves. If you don’t act quickly, many Matches may never see your message. NB: AncestryDNA, 23andMe and MyHeritage all use a messaging system – if your Match pulls the plug, you may miss out on the chance to ever make contact.
-Make up a standard message to include your real name and email, and perhaps a link to your Tree. Express your desire to determine your Common Ancestor(s), and promise to help them through the DNA maze (if you’re reading this blog, you already know more than most Newbies.)
-Send this message to your newest Matches – while they are still logging on to see their ethnicity and closest Matches – before they decide to drop out.
-Give them a way to contact you later (maybe after they lose interest in DNA)
-You will STAND OUT as one of thousands of other Matches, as someone who cares enough to make contract, and as someone who may be able to help them.
-As always, the recommendation is to start with your closest Matches and work your way down the list, as your time allows. Include as many new Matches as possible.
[22S] Segment-ology: Contact Your Matches Soon TIDBIT; by Jim Bartlett 20180415