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In Part 1 of this Genome Mate Pro (GMP) tutorial, we downloaded and installed GMP. Today, we’re going to set up a “profile”. A profile is the set of identifying information a single individual who has atDNA data in one or more databases. At a minimum, you will most likely set up a profile for yourself. If you manage DNA kits for other family members, you may want to set up a profile for each of them.
It’s important to get the profile right, because this is how GMP associates the DNA segment data with the correct person. If a profile field is off by even one character, the import won’t work properly. To keep things simple, we’re going to start off by setting up just the GEDmatch portion of a profile. We’ll come back to the other sources of data (Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, AncestryDNA, MyHeritage) later.
(In the GMP User Guide (V2018-05-28), the instructions for setting up a profile begin on page 21.)
Set Up Your Profile
These instructions assume that you will be creating a profile for yourself. Adjust accordingly when you create profiles for other people.
- Open GMP and click on the PROFILES tab at the top left. (As a convention in this series, tabs and buttons will be named in ALL CAPS.)
- The screen will be divided into four panels: “Profile List” (on left), “Edit Profile” (center top), “Add Match Keys Associated with this Profile” (center bottom), and “Profile Import List” (on right).
- Click the NEW PROFILE button at the bottom of the “Profile List” panel.
- In the “Add Profile” panel, enter your name and then a short nickname (maximum of 5 characters) in the respective fields. You can also enter comments, if desired. The short name will be used in certain places within GMP when there is not enough room to display the full name.
- Click the SAVE PROFILE button. You should now see your profile name listed in the “Profile List” in the left-hand panel.
- If you do not have data at GEDmatch, you are done with this part of the tutorial. If you do have data at GEDmatch, go on to the next step.
- In the bottom center panel, use the “Source” pull-down to select “GedMatch”, then enter your GEDmatch kit number in the blank field. The kit number should be exactly as it is listed under “Your DNA Resources” at GEDmatch.
- Click the SAVE KEY button. The center bottom panel will now contain the word “GedMatch” in the Source column and your kit number in the Match Key Value column. A “match key” in GMP is a unique identifier for a person’s data. Each profile person and DNA match will have a different match key for each database they are in.
- If you have more than one GEDmatch number for yourself, repeat steps 7 and 8 as necessary.
- If you manage DNA results for more than one family member, you can set up a profile for each of them by repeating steps 3–9 for each one.
That’s it for Part 2! In Part 3, we will learn about “templates” and how to turn them on and off.
This post has been updated to add more screenshots.
Getting Started with Genome Mate Pro Series
- Part 1 — Install the Program
- Part 2 — Set Up a Profile for a GEDmatch User
- Part 3 — Activate GEDmatch Import Templates
- Part 4 — App Settings
- Part 5 — First GEDmatch Imports
- Part 6 — The Chromosome Browser
- Part 7 — More GEDmatch Imports
- Part 8 — The Relative Detail Tab
- Part 9 — Import a Gedcom
- Part 10 — Import GEDmatch Triangulations
- Part 11 — Install the DNAGedcom Client
- Part 12 — Use the DNAGedcom Client to Import FTDNA Data
- Part 13 — Merge Duplicates (coming soon!)
- Part 14 — The Relative List Tab (coming soon!)
- Part 15 — A Few Tips (coming soon!)
- Part 16 — Use the DNAGedcom Client to Import 23andMe Data (coming soon!)
- Part 17 — Import Ancestry Composition from 23andMe (coming soon!)
- Part 18 —Use the DNAGedcom Client to Import AncestryDNA Data (coming soon!)
- Part 19 — The Segment Map Tab (coming soon!)
- Part 20 — Create Custom Templates for MyHeritage (and Others) (coming soon!)
- Part 21 — Customize Genome Mate Pro (coming soon!)
- Part 22 — Update Your GMP Version