Blackstone‘s patent involves a computer-implemented method to identify DNA matches and visualize relationships with common ancestors. By concatenating family trees and genealogical records, the system generates a map of visual connections between the target individual and the DNA match. GlobalData’s report on Blackstone gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Dna match relationship prediction and visualization method

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Blackstone Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11887697B2) outlines a computer-implemented method that involves identifying a DNA match of a target individual and establishing a linkage between the DNA match and the target individual within a network of individuals. This network is created by combining various family trees of different individuals, with the process including retrieving genealogical records, generating confidence scores for record matches, and assigning user identifiers. The method also includes displaying a predicted relationship between the DNA match and the target individual on a graphical user interface, allowing for the visualization of connections between the individuals through branches connecting them to potential common ancestors.

Furthermore, the patent describes a system that implements this method, comprising a computing server and a graphical user interface. The system is capable of identifying DNA matches, establishing linkages within the network of individuals, and displaying visual connections between individuals based on their genealogical relationships. The graphical user interface allows for user interaction, such as selecting DNA matches and expanding the displayed map to include additional descendants of common ancestors. Additionally, the system incorporates machine learning models to determine potential matches between individuals from different family trees, enabling the merging of nodes and the concatenation of family trees to enhance the network of individuals.

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