Using Genome Mate (Importing/Updating the email addresses of your matches from GEDmatch)

The steps we have used to import GEDmatch segment data into Genome Mate have not imported the email addresses of our matches from GEDmatch. Importing these email addresses is done as a separate import. This post will show the email address import process, step by step. It’s also a good idea to use this same import process from time to time to update the email addresses of your imported matches in Genome Mate, in case someone has changed the email address associated with their kit at GEDmatch.

Click here if you’d like to open the GEDmatch website in a new window/tab to make it easier to follow along with these steps.

1) After signing in to the GEDmatch website (http://www.gedmatch.com), click on the ‘One-to-many’ matches link.

Using GEDmatch Part 2 Screen Shot 3

2) Clicking on the ‘One-to-many’ matches link will bring up the One-to-many comparison page. In the first box, enter the kit number of the tester for whom you’d like to import/update the email addresses of their matches from GEDmatch. Leave the other two boxes as they are, and then click the Display Results button at the bottom.

Using GEDmatch Part 2 Screen Shot 4

3) Clicking the Display Results button will take you to a page that looks similar to the following screenshot. It will take a bit of time (up to a few minutes in some cases) for this results screen to come up. If you have waited at least five minutes, however, and the results screen has still not come up, hit the back button on your browser, re-enter your kit number and click the Display Results button again.

Using GEDmatch Part 2 Screen Shot 5

4) Your results page will contain a list (in table form) of up to 1,500 people. While viewing this results screen, select everything on the page (Windows users hold down the Control key and press the A key on your keyboard, Mac users hold down the Command ⌘ key and press the A key on your keyboard). Copy the data (Windows users hold down the Control key and press the C key on your keyboard, Mac users hold down the Command ⌘ key and press the C key on your keyboard), and then switch to your Genome Mate software.

Google Sheets Screenshot 3

5) In Genome Mate, after making sure you have first backed up your database, select the profile for which you wish to add or update email addresses, and click on the Import Data link in the menu bar near the top of the program window. (Note: the profile you are importing to must have the GEDmatch kit number of the profile person entered for the import process to work).

Using GEDmatch Step 4

6) Clicking on the Import Data link will bring up the Import Data window. Select the radio button next to GedMatch in the Select Data Source section, and then click on the (2) Load/Update GedMatch Relative Records link in the GedMatch Import Options section.

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7) Clicking on the (2) Load/Update GedMatch Relative Records link in the GedMatch Import Options section will bring up another Import Data window.

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8) Click once inside the rectangular box, and then paste the data you previously copied from GEDmatch (Windows users hold down the Control key and press the V key on your keyboard, Mac users hold down the Command key and press the V key on your keyboard). After pasting your data into the box, click on the Format button. [Note: Although the instructions warn that only the Chrome and Firefox browsers are supported, I have found that as of Genome Mate version 1.2.19, the Safari browser also works in most cases.]

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9) Clicking on the Format button will bring up the Import Summary window. This acts as a confirmation that the data was imported, as long as Relative records added and Relative records updated are not both 0 (zero). If they are both zero, this is letting you know that something went wrong, and you should repeat steps 4 through 8 above. After verifying you do not have zeros for both Relative records added and Relative records updated, click the Close button.

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10) Clicking the Close button brings up another Import Data window, minus the Add Data button. Click the Close button in this Import Data window.

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11) Clicking the Close button will return you to the main Genome Mate screen. You can now begin working with your newly imported data and email addresses, or go back through these steps to continue importing the email addresses of the matches of other testers you have in your Genome Mate database. Before proceeding with either of these options, however, it is a good idea to do yet another backup of your Genome Mate database.

If you experience any problems while following these steps, or notice that a screen has changed substantially from what I’ve shown in the screenshots, please let me know by commenting on this thread or sending me an email. Thank you.

The next article in this series is Using Genome Mate (Identify triangulated groups and confirm segments).

This article last updated 10 Jan 2015

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6 thoughts on “Using Genome Mate (Importing/Updating the email addresses of your matches from GEDmatch)

  1. Pingback: Steps to DNA Matching and Chromosome Mapping Success with GEDmatch and Genome Mate | Adventures In Genealogy Research: No Stone Unturned/The Wright Stuff

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  3. Great article. I was able to import Gedmatch chromosome browser data into Genome Mate without any problem. Encountered “Gedmatch page is invalid for this function” when I tried to import the one-to-many results from Gedmatch after clicking on format. Data looked ok on screen.

    • Hi Frank,

      I’ve been gone, so sorry for taking a few days to reply. The error message you are describing usually is caused by trying to import the results of one GEDmatch tool using a different GEDmatch tool’s import option in Genome Mate. For example, trying to import GEDmatch one to many results using the GEDmatch one to one comparison import option in Genome Mate. For the one to many results, double-check to make sure you are importing into Genome Mate using the (2) Load/Update GEDmatch Relative Records import option in Genome Mate. If you still run into problems after checking this, please let me know so I can assist further.

  4. I don’t understand what this page is supposed to show me – I uploaded my gedmatch info, but did not see the import summary. I did somehow arrive at a Genome Mate page with
    my name, chromosome number, search box, and paternal/maternal boxes to check/uncheck.
    No other members of my family were tested, since they are all deceased. Am I supposed to be able to match info from other folks who have submitted their DNA? Thanks.

    • Hi ThomasJ,

      The post to which you are replying is showing how to add the contact information into Genome Mate for your matches from the GEDmatch site. If you have not added the segment information from GEDmatch into Genome Mate, prior to following the steps in this post, you will likely end up with just an empty main page in Genome Mate, which is what I believe you are describing. Take a look at my post which shows the previous steps (Steps to DNA Matching and Chromosome Mapping with GEDmatch and Genome Mate), and make sure you’ve done the previous steps (specifically steps five and six). You should then have some comparison data viewable in Genome Mate, which will allow you to begin matching with other people who have submitted their test results to GEDmatch.

      If this doesn’t help answer your question, or if I’m misunderstanding what you are asking, please let me know.

      Thanks,

      Dan

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