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Autosomal DNA Transfers Guide

If you or a family member have previously tested your autosomal DNA at 23andMe©, AncestryDNA™, or MyHeritage™, you can transfer your results to FamilyTreeDNA by uploading your raw data file. After transferring your file, your autosomal data is uploaded to our database, one of the world's largest genetic genealogy databases.

When you transfer, for free, you will receive a list of your autosomal matches from our database and have access to our Family Finder - Matrix. The Matrix feature allows you to select and compare the autosomal DNA relationship between up to ten of your matches at one time.

Note: Family Finder is the name of our autosomal DNA test.

After transferring, you can unlock all Family Finder features, which include the Chromosome Browser, myOrigins, and ancientOrigins for only $19.

Please note that you can only transfer the following files and file versions:

  • 23andMe© V3
  • 23andMe© V4
  • 23andMe© V5
  • AncestryDNA™ array V1
  • AncestryDNA™ array V2
  • MyHeritage™ results received after March 1, 2019.

Unfortunately, at this time, you cannot transfer the following file versions:

  • 23andMe© V1 
  • 23andMe© V2 
  • AncestryDNA™ NGS

23andMe©/AncestryDNA™ Transfers 

New Customer Upload Process

The following describes how to transfer 23andMe© or AncestryDNA™ autosomal DNA results for those who do not yet have a FamilyTreeDNA kit.

Important: If the person whose results are being transferred already has a FamilyTreeDNA kit, please see the below Current Customers topic.

  1. On the FamilyTreeDNA homepage, on the top navigation bar, hover your cursor over Upload DNA Data, and click Autosomal DNA on the drop-down menu.
    You are directed to the autosomal DNA transfer page.
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  2. Complete the fields by entering the first and last name, email address, and sex of the person whose data you are transferring. (If you are transferring someone else’s data, make sure to enter their name and sex NOT yours.)
  3. After entering the appropriate information, click Join Today. You are directed to the upload page.
    Important: By clicking "Join Today!," you are consenting to FamilyTreeDNA's Terms of Service, and you confirm that the file you are transferring is your own or belongs to someone for whom you are legally authorized.
  4. On the upload page, click 23andMe©/AncestryDNA™
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  5. Drag and drop your file to the highlighted gray box, or click browse for your file to upload your file. 
  6. Click Submit to submit the uploaded file. Note that if you uploaded the wrong file, you can click remove in the gray box to remove the file and upload the correct one.

    Important: After you have gone through the upload process, an email is sent to the email address you entered with your FamilyTreeDNA sign-in information, which includes your kit number and temporary password. 

Current Customer Upload Process

The following describes how to transfer 23andMe© or AncestryDNA™ autosomal DNA results for those who already have a FamilyTreeDNA kit.

Important: If the person whose results are being transferred does not already have a FamilyTreeDNA kit, please see above the New Customers topic.

  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the page, on the navigation bar, click Add Ons & Upgrades
  3. On the Add Ons page, scroll down until you see the DNA Transfer Options, Autosomal Transfer section, and click the Transfer Now button.
    transfer_upgrade_section.jpgYou are directed to the autosomal DNA transfer page.  
  4. On the upload page, click 23andMe©/AncestryDNA™
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  5. Drag and drop your file to the highlighted gray box, or click browse for your file to upload your file. 
  6. Click Submit to submit the uploaded file. Note that if you uploaded the wrong file, you can click remove in the gray box to remove the file and upload the correct one.

MyHeritage™ Transfers 

New Customer Upload Process

The following describes how to transfer MyHeritage™ autosomal DNA results for those who do not yet have a FamilyTreeDNA kit.

Important: If the person whose results are being transferred already has a FamilyTreeDNA kit, please see the below Current Customers topic.

  1. On the FamilyTreeDNA homepage, on the top navigation bar, hover your cursor over Upload DNA Data, and click Autosomal DNA on the drop-down menu.
    You are directed to the autosomal DNA transfer page.
    transfer_1.jpg
  2. Complete the fields by entering the first and last name, email address, and sex of the person whose data you are transferring. (If you are transferring someone else’s data, make sure to enter their name and sex NOT yours.)
  3. After entering the appropriate information, click Join Today. You are directed to the upload page.
    Important: By clicking "Join Today!," you are consenting to FamilyTreeDNA's Terms of Service, and you confirm that the file you are transferring is your own or belongs to someone for whom you are legally authorized.
  4. On the upload page, click MyHeritage™
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  5. Click Go, and follow the directions on the MyHeritage™ transfer page. 
    Important: After you have gone through the upload process, an email is sent to the email address you entered with your FamilyTreeDNA sign in information, which includes your kit number and temporary password. 

Current Customer Upload Process

The following describes how to transfer MyHeritage™ autosomal DNA results for those who already have a FamilyTreeDNA kit.

Important: If the person whose results are being transferred does not already have a FamilyTreeDNA kit, please see the above New Customers topic.

  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the page, on the navigation bar, click Add Ons & Upgrades
  3. On the Add Ons page, scroll down until you see the DNA Transfer Options, Autosomal Transfer section, and click the Transfer Now button.
    transfer_upgrade_section.jpgYou are directed to the autosomal DNA transfer page.  
  4. On the upload page, click MyHeritage™
    heritage.jpg
  5. Click Go, and follow the directions on the MyHeritage™ transfer page. 

 

 

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