Monday, June 5, 2017

Transferring your 23andMe or AncestryDNA data to FTDNA

First, you need to download your DNA file from AncestryDNA or 23andMe.  

Then, simply click here and follow the directions to upload your file to FTDNA.  You will now see all your FTDNA matches.  If you wish to access the chromosome browser, and the ethnicity reports etc, you will need to unlock these tools for $19. 

I have my father and my paternal grandmother and my maternal grandmother all upload to FTDNA, which means if you are a match to me at AncestryDNA, I will be able to see right away which grandparent we are related through which cuts out 75% of the tree to search for our connection.  This is invaluable! Often, I can narrow down the connection even further when I see which segments we match on.  

I am currently unable to do comparisons at 23andMe (yeah, I broke them with my awesomeness, LOL) so if you are a match to me at 23andMe it will help me be able to do the comparisons with my grandparents and narrow down our possible connections as well.

I recommend linking your FTDNA to your Geni profile, which you can do by going to your Geni profile, and clicking on the DNA tab (the tab to the far right). Follow the instruction to link your FTDNA to Geni.  

Currently, the FTDNA linked DNA is the only one being immediately processed at Geni for matches, which is why I recommend uploading to FTDNA, then linking to Geni, rather than uploading the DNA file directly to Geni.

If you are an AncestryDNA match who I have asked to upload to FTDNA, please send me an email or message letting me know when you have done this and what your name at FTDNA is, so I can check my matches for you and we can start searching out our common ancestors!