However, the purpose of this post is to describe how to use one of the best tools around for collecting 23andMe data, the Chrome addon 529andYou by Roger Woods. If used correctly, not only will it retain match data but it can be used to identify in common with (ICW) data for each relative.
1. Skip this step if you already have the Chrome browser. Click here to get Chrome.
2. Click here to get the 529andYou Chrome addon. Be sure to select yes to create a database when asked.
3. Open 23andMe to Family Inheritance: Advanced and select two profiles. Then click Compare and when the results are shown, click on View in a table. In the upper right corner, you will see this icon. Click on the icon to open the 529andYou tab.
4. Next click on the Create 'To Do' Table button and for the profile you have selected in 23andMe, it will display all matches for which data has yet to be recorded.
5. For each match, click on the Compare button and 529andYou will open a tab to the 23andMe FIA page to get the comparison then record it in it's database.
6. To see how each person compares to each other, close the 529andYou tab then reopen it from the FIA page. Select display mode "Profile and Overlapping Segment Links". Click on Create Match table.
7. Click on the Show Overlapping Segments button for each match, one at a time. In the resulting table, click on the compare links under each Show Overlapping Segments button. Use Ctrl click or Cmd click to open each in it's own page. This will load the comparisons into the 529andYou data base.
Now the data is loaded and can be viewed within 529andYou by selecting a name and chromosome.
I use this tool for 23andMe data collection every week or so then download the data into a CSV file and import it into Genome Mate. For each profile I have in Genome Mate, I select the profile name and click on the Download CSV file. Then I select Show matches for All and download a CSV file that I use to update ICW for 23andMe matches in Genome Mate.
If you have a lot of relatives on the list, it takes a while to update the database the first time but it is well worth it as later it only takes a few minutes to get updates when new sharing invitations are accepted. Of all the ways of collecting 23andMe data, this is my tool of choice.
~ Becky ~