Circles at AncestryDNA appear to be rather fickle. However, in the tests I manage I have notice some new Circles popping up in the past couple of months.
I too had most of my trees private. I still have 3 DNA tests attached to private trees for various reasons. And I too want the matches to contact me, if they see my tree is private.
But very few have. I reach out to matches at least 10x as much as I get contacted by others.
It appears most customers just won't want to message.
Reading various forums, such as the ones on ancestry.com
, and Facebook, I see many customers lamenting all the private trees. Many of these people posting seem quite perturbed about all the private trees in their match list, and impulsively they want to throw away the matches to private trees rather than spend the 5 minutes to message their match with the private tree.
So that is one reason I now have 3 tests attached to public trees.
My latest test attached to a public tree, test results received just a couple of weeks ago, resulted in the creation of a couple of new Circles. I can tell this because these Circles just have three family-units (the minimum needed to create a Circle.) Without him these Circles would thus not exist. And he is the 4th family-unit for a couple more Circles, which are obviously still thus fragile and emerging.