Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If you have tested mtDNA or Y-DNA at AncestryDNA transfer to FTDNA ASAP!

In case you have been living under a rock (or have a real life that doesnt involve following every event in the genealogy world), Ancestry.com has announced they are retiring some of their services.  Mundia, My Family, Genealogy.com, MyCanvas and the mtDNA and Y-DNA DNA tests. You can read their official announcement here.

Here is what is being shut down:

DNA

The important thing to note here is that after Sept 5 you will no longer be able to access the results from the Y-DNA tests and mtDNA tests.  This is a bit unfortunate. It is possible to transfer your test results to FTDNA, but to gain access to matching and other services at FTDNA you would need to do a marker upgrade. This means collecting a new sample.  

Autosomal DNA is advancing at Ancestry.com, so no need to panic.  

Mundia:

I never liked it to begin with

MyCanvas:

I actually liked this service mostly, but never paid to print the books (maybe others didnt either so thats why it was on the chopping block?)

Genealogy.com:

Its been redundant for quite some time IMHO.

MyFamily:

Years ago, this was a good idea.  We have Facebook and about a dozen other things now that make this redundant as well.

So, in conclusion, no big loss for me personally.  Some people are upset at the upcoming destruction of the DNA samples of people they can't retest, but I haven't heard much complaints about the other services that are ending.  Ancestry wants to focus on their core offerings...lets see what happens next!