Found a great idea for helping to connect with my DNA matches and figure out where we connect - horizontal pedigrees. Thanks to a post at Analytic Genealogy, I've been creating horizontal pedigree charts for myself, my parents, and other relatives that I've convinced to do DNA testing. My hope is that I can use them to share with my genetic cousins in an easier way to find the common ancestors. The blog post describing how these horizontal pedigree charts can be used is linked here.
So often my matches either don't have a family tree online or if they do, it can become unwieldy to read and figure out where the matches lie. I find that the horizontal pedigree chart not only makes it pretty easy to see your family lines extended out, but also can show you where there are gaps in your tree without having to look at your software.
I've created a Dropbox folder for my DNA Files and am including these horizontal charts. I might eventually include other information, but for now I will be sharing the link to the Dropbox folder with my DNA matches so they can easily see where we connect. Since most matches are below 5th-6th cousins, they should be able to see a common surname on the chart.
If you are interested, the link to my Dropbox folder and the charts is included here.