Sunday, June 8, 2014

Genome Mate Overview

Genome Mate is a desktop tool used to organize in one place the data collected while researching DNA comparisons. Besides data storage it has many features to aid in identifying common ancestors.  See Genome Mate Home Page for details on installation.

The purpose of this overview is to link together the documentation for each function and update it as individual pieces are available.

Main Page

Main Page with Graph Option

The main page of the application is made up of four sections:

  1. Chromosome Map
  2. Navigation Bar
  3. Filter Bar
  4. DNA Segment Graph or Table

Chromosome Map

At the top of the main page is a plot of identified common ancestors for the selected profile and chromosome.  It is generated automatically when a DNA segment has been identified as maternal or paternal AND the common ancestors between the profile person and their relative have been selected.  See blog on Chromosome Map Segments for detailed information.
  • Left click on a segment to display overlapping DNA segments
  • Right click on a segment to open Segment Details page

Navigation Bar

The navigation bar is used to access various functions and reports within Genome Mate. Starting left to right:
  1. Database:  To set up new or change between existing databases
  2. Profiles:   To set up new or change profile data including the loading of a gedcom
  3. Surnames:  List of profile's surnames with option to add alternative spellings
  4. Ancestors:  List of profile's ancestors as loaded from gedcom
  5. X List:  List of profile's X chromosome donors as loaded from gedcom
  6. Relatives:  List of Relative records imported with access to a Relative's Details page
  7. Segments:  Graph or Table of all 23 chromosomes with access to Segment Details
  8. Import Data:  Functions for importing data from 23andMe, FTDNA and GedMatch
  9. Backup:  Backs up the current database to a selected file location
  10. Restore:  Restores database from a selected backup file
  11. Options:  Set application defaults, export data and compare gedcoms
  12. Support:  Frequently asked questions and support email address
  13. Donate:  Paypal donations for application development and support on the internet

Filter Bar

The filter bar is used to determine which DNA Segments are displayed in the graph or table. From left to right:
  1. Profile Name:  Selects whose profile data to display
  2. Chromosome:  Selects what chromosome data to display for the selected profile
  3. Search:  Searches relative names and match keys 
  4. Surname:  Searches relative surnames
  5. Maternal:  Displays DNA segments with 'M' as first letter in ICW group
  6. Paternal:  Displays DNA segments with 'P' as first letter in ICW group
  7. Both:  Displays both Maternal and Paternal segments
  8. Hidden:  Toggles if should display DNA segments that have been marked as hidden or that do not meet the display settings in Options.
  9. Source:  Toggles whether what source (23andMe, FTDNA, GedMatch, CoA) of DNA segments to display.
  10. Graph:  Toggles whether to display the graph or table.

DNA Segment Graph or Table

In this section, DNA segments are displayed based on the filter options selected.  On the graph these are the options available:
Match Details Page:  Click on one of the DNA segments to access Match Details
Reset Filter:  Press ESC key to reset filters
 Individual DNA Segment Line Options:  
Overlapping Icon:  Left click to show just segments whose start and end points overlap this one or right click to show overlapping segments page.
Profile:  Name of the profile person for the DNA segment
  ICW Icon:  Hover mouse over this icon to see what overlapping segments have relatives in common with this one.  Left click on icon to set an ICW group value for all of the ICWs on the overlapping segments.  Right click to use this match's ICW to set the value for all of the ICW's on the overlapping segments.
ICW:   This is the ICW group value that can be assigned on the Match Details page or by using one of the ICW Icon options listed above.  The ICW group must start with M for maternal or P for paternal, if known.
Chr:  Chromosome number
Start:  Start point of DNA segment between profile person and relative
End:  End point of DNA segment between profile person and relative
cMs:  DNA segment centimorgans 
Plot:  The segment plotted on the chromosome using start and end points

 Additional Resources


Genome Mate's continued development, support and enhancements on the internet are funded by your donations.  If you use the application, please consider making a donation through Paypal.

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