Saturday, September 9, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
During my DNA presentations and at our DNA Interest Group meetings, I encourage AncestryDNA test takers to transfer their DNA raw date to FTDNA and to the third party site GEDMATCH, and FTDNA test takers to transfer their raw data to GEDMATCH.
There is no cost to transfer either Ancestry or FTDNA raw data to GEDMATCH - it is absolutely free! When transferring Ancestry raw data to FTDNA there is a fee of $19 to allow full access to the results on FTDNA (a savings of $60 over the cost of testing at FTDNA)
I recommend that Ancestry test takers transfer their DNA results to both FTDNA and GEDMATCH, and if you have only tested at FTDNA, transfer your DNA results to GEDMATCH.
Why transfer your DNA results to another company? Two reasons would be, you have additional tools available to analyze your test results and your DNA will be compared to a different database which will result in new DNA cousin matches. For a more detailed list of reasons visit Jim Bartlett's Segment-ology blog "Why Upload to GEDMATCH or FTDNA?"
Below are links to the instructions for downloading and uploading your DNA results:
First, you will need to download your Ancestry and/or FTDNA raw data to your computer in preparation for the transfer. It is a good idea to keep these files stored on you computer and back-up in case anything happens to the testing company. The following two links are the instructions to download both Ancestry and FTDNA to your personal computer.
Next, you will need to upload your raw DNA data files to either FTDNA or GEDMATCH. The following two links are the instructions to upload your Ancestry raw data to either FTDNA or GEDMATCH and you FTDNA raw data to GEDMATCH.
If you have any questions, email me or plan to come to our next ArkLaTex DNA Interest Group Meeting.
Happy DNA ancestor hunting.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
To celebrate National DNA Day AncestryDNA and FTDNA have some great sale prices on their DNA tests.
AncestryDNA Sales - https://www.ancestry.com/
Ancestry has their atDNA Test on sale for $79, a 20% discount off the normal price of $99.
FTDNA Sales - https://www.familytreedna.com/FTDNA has all their DNA tests on sale. The atDNA Test (FamilyFinder) is $59, which is $20 off their regular price of $79. They also have excellent sale prices on their mtDNA and Y-DNA tests, along with sale prices on their atDNA tests in combination with mtDNA and Y-DNA tests.
Even though the atDNA test is $20 less on FTDNA, my recommendation is to take the AncestryDNA test at this sale price of $79 and once you get your test results from Ancestry you can transfer your DNA data to FTDNA for only $19. This way you have in effect taken tests at both companies for only $98 and your DNA results are compared to two different data bases resulting in more cousin matches. Both testing companies have great tools to analyze your results but Ancestry tools are less difficult to use for the beginner.
I will be giving a presentation on DNA at the GENCOM meeting Sunday 23 April 2017 at 2 PM at the Broadmoor Library, and will be glad to answer any questions that anyone has about DNA testing and working with test results.
Happy ancestor hunting.