MyHeritage is Adding Free DNA Matching

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We have some good news for the genealogy community.

We are constantly developing new ways to advance genealogy through the latest technological innovations. One of the most exciting frontiers in family history research is DNA and today’s announcement reflects a major step by MyHeritage in this important area.

DNA and traditional genealogy methods, such as family trees and historical records, go hand in hand. DNA can sometimes help where traditional research encounters a dead end, while traditional genealogy is often required to pinpoint an exact relationship path discovered by DNA.

While we have been offering DNA test kits for a few years — through partnerships — and will continue to do so, we are now developing a new DNA Matching service. This service will enable people who have already tested their DNA through DNA testing services (such as 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and AncestryDNA) to enjoy MyHeritage’s exceptional matching capabilities for their family history research, and get more value from the DNA test they already took. We invite such users to export their raw DNA data from the service they tested on (which is straightforward) and import this data to MyHeritage now, so that when our DNA Matching service is released soon, they will receive matches immediately, and at no cost. Later on, DNA Matching may become a premium feature, but it will remain free for users who upload their DNA data now.

If you have already had your DNA tested, you can import your raw DNA data to MyHeritage by visiting the new DNA tab on family tree profiles. Access the DNA tab for yourself by clicking on your name in the top-right corner of your family site, and go to your profile.

You can access the DNA tab not only for yourself, but also for your relatives, from the left panel on the family tree as shown below. Clicking the link takes you to the DNA tab on the profile page, where the DNA data can be uploaded.

Accessing DNA data upload from the family tree (click to zoom)

In the DNA tab, follow the instructions to download the data from any of the providers listed; check the boxes to accept the terms and conditions, and then click “Upload DNA data file(s)”.

DNA tab (click to zoom)

Your DNA data will be kept private and secure on MyHeritage.

Our service will then match you to other people who share DNA with you: your relatives through a common ancestor. You will be able to review your matches’ family trees (excluding living people), and filter your matches by common surnames or geographies to focus on more relevant matches. This new technology will also enable you to prove and disprove other types of matches (such as Smart Matches™ and Record Matches) and connect with new relatives in order to collaborate. You’ll benefit from our vast international user base of 82 million registered users, plus the 10 million additional registered users on Geni.com, and get matches you would not receive otherwise.

Below are answers to some key questions on this announcement.

Why should I upload my raw DNA data to MyHeritage?

Uploading your data will allow you to get additional matches to many other MyHeritage users who have tested their DNA. You’ll have nothing to lose because it’s free and will remain free for those who upload their DNA data right now.

Can I delete my DNA data from MyHeritage?

Yes. You can delete DNA data that you’ve uploaded to MyHeritage at any time.

Can I upload the DNA data of someone else?

You can also upload the DNA data of as many close relatives of yours as you like, from as many DNA test kits as you like, provided that you obtain their consent. To do so, visit the profile of a relative of yours in the family tree and click the DNA tab (provided that you are the site manager).

I have uploaded my raw DNA data, but I don’t see any matches.

This is because we are in the final stages of creating the reports. We will notify you when matching is ready, very soon.

Who has access to the DNA data?

Only you do. Nobody else can see it, and nobody can even know that it was uploaded. Only the uploader can see the data, and you can delete it at any time. Users who are matched with your DNA will not have access to your DNA or your email address, but will be able to get in touch with you via MyHeritage.

Will MyHeritage provide other types of DNA reports?

Yes, in the future we plan to offer ethnic/geographic origin reports. They will also be free for users who upload their DNA data now.

How do I import my DNA data into MyHeritage?

To upload your raw DNA data, simply log on to MyHeritage, then click on your name in the upper right side, and select “My profile”. Then click on the DNA tab in your profile, where you will see clear instructions. If you need a hand, our friendly Support team is standing by to help you by phone or by email.

What if I have not had my DNA tested yet?

Free DNA Matching is being added for people who have already had their DNA tested by a DNA testing service. If you have not had your DNA tested yet, you are welcome to view our recommended DNA tests, provided by our trusted partners, and make a selection appropriate for your research goals. Please note that the DNA tests are not free. Once your DNA results arrive you’ll be able to upload them to MyHeritage.

The powerful matching technologies we have developed are considered by many to be the best in the genealogy industry. We are very happy to be adding DNA Matching to our line-up, and we hope it will provide a breakthrough in your family history journey.

Enjoy!

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  • Angie Bush


    May 19, 2016

    Will there be any technical details about matching thresholds, how relationships are calculated, and the types of algorithms MH has developed be made available? Will there be a chromosome browser? This is exciting!

    • admin


      May 19, 2016

      Hi Angie, more details will follow. Watch this space!

  • Krista


    May 19, 2016

    This sounds great. Is there a chromosome browser tool, or other user-end comparison tools? I would love to learn more. Is there a white paper? Additional FAQs? I couldn’t seem to find anything more about this on MyHeritage Help pages or forum: http://helpcenter.myheritage.com/DNA/
    Thank you.

    • Aaron


      May 19, 2016

      Hi Krista, more information to follow 🙂
      Thanks

  • Sheila Johnson


    May 19, 2016

    I have tested with 23andme, Autosomal Familytree DNA and Ancestry. Should I upload raw DNA results from all three companies?

  • Michael Cooley


    May 20, 2016

    I presume this is for autosomal matching only.

    • Esther


      May 22, 2016

      Hi Michael,

      This is for autosomal matching only at this point.

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Roger Moffat


    May 20, 2016

    I have uploaded the DNA Tests I manage for my Dad and myself. I also manage a test for a 4th cousin once removed and wanted to add his test, but the DNA Link is missing from his profile. On checking I see it missing from all but my closest relatives, but it’s even missing from my Mum. Is this by design or some glitch?

    Thanks!

    • Aaron


      May 20, 2016

      Hi Roger, at the moment this is only available for first degree cousins, but in the next day or so it will be opened up to additional relatives. Thanks.

  • Lana (Sparks) Fox


    May 20, 2016

    Please keep me informed about this. Thank you.

  • Julia Kaze


    May 20, 2016

    Why can’t I add DNA files for my cousins? The field is not appearing on their profiles? It worked for my brother and mother.

    • Aaron


      May 20, 2016

      Hi Julia. At the moment it’s only available for first degree cousins, but in the next day or so it will be opened up to additional relatives. Thanks.

  • Tim Janzen


    May 20, 2016

    I agree with Angie that it is very good that MyHeritage is moving into this area. The fact that MyHeritage has a universal family tree through Geni.com will be very helpful in terms of finding genealogical connections. Please provide us with a chromosome browser. Having a list of matches but not knowing exactly where we match them on our chromosomes such as is the case currently at Ancestry.com is extremely frustrating and significantly reduces the power of using autosomal DNA for genealogical purposes.

  • Amanda Cook


    May 20, 2016

    yes, please include a chromosome browser. it is essential for proving/disproving matches.

  • S Cornell


    May 20, 2016

    I am very happy to see MH moving forward with this. I have used Ancestry.com DNA successfully, and I found several relatives using the tree I created in combination with the matches. Now I can try it with a different population here. With luck I will find some additional DNA matches that I can connect to. This is a fantastic opportunity. Thanks for providing it!

  • Kuba


    May 20, 2016

    I do not have the ability to upload genome for my grandfather.

    • Aaron


      May 20, 2016

      Hi Kuba, at the moment this is only available for first degree cousins, but in the next day or so it will be opened up to additional relatives. Thanks.

  • Kuba


    May 20, 2016

    @Aaron, thanks for the information. I am looking forward to that, but more importantly to the working results.
    I second the calls for a chromosome browser and ability to triangulate between matches.
    My dream is to be actually able to assign pieces of DNA to ancestors in the cloud (every genetic genealogist has this information private, so far), so that we would be building more and more complete map of DNA vs ancestors. (Newcomer would already get the information his region on maternal ch1 from 34Mb to 41Mb comes from ancestor A, region on paternal ch2:108-125 from ancestor B etc.)

  • Jon Masterson


    May 20, 2016

    I would like to add myself to the request for a Chromosome Browser. As Angie and Tim have already said the lack of this on Ancestry make our job much more difficult. I work with adoptees and others who have a missing link or NPE in their family history. Without a CB we are working with at least one hand behind our backs.

    Jon Masterson
    Director DNAAdoption

  • M Diane Rogers


    May 20, 2016

    Exciting news! I’ll upload my results today. I don’t have any first cousins :'( But please! give us tools, like a chromosome browser, along with this, and lots of technical details too.

  • Janet P.


    May 20, 2016

    Yes for the chromosome browser !

  • Annette Madden


    May 20, 2016

    Uploaded my mother and myself. Easy peasy!

  • Kathleen Cooper


    May 20, 2016

    Please, please add a chromosome browser!

  • Mardon


    May 20, 2016

    Will be of interest as long as it has a chromosome browser. [Fingers crossed]

  • Michael Hughes


    May 20, 2016

    Are those people that I have invited to view my Tree excluded from viewing the DNA results?

    • Esther


      May 22, 2016

      Hi Michael,

      Members of your family site will not be able to view DNA results that you have uploaded. Only the person who uploaded results or the person in the family tree that the results were uploaded for can view the results.

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • janet


    May 21, 2016

    Yes for the chromosome browser

  • Max Heffler


    May 22, 2016

    I was able to upload 13 test results on each of my two tree.

  • Kim Wickman


    May 22, 2016

    I have two trees. One with both my parents, and one just my maternal line. Do I need to upload the data on both trees.

    • Esther


      May 24, 2016

      Hi Kim,

      You should upload your results to the main tree that you are associated to (if you look at yourself in the tree, in your profile it should say “this is you”).

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • CaraMaeH


    May 23, 2016

    I have tested with 23andme v3 test and with ancestryDNA. Which test is best to upload?

  • Sarah Evans


    June 14, 2016

    I’m excited to have another place to compare DNA results with people who have used different services.

  • William


    June 21, 2016

    Is there an ETA when this service will go live? I have uploaded my FTDNA results a while ago and was wondering when I will be able to see my matches.
    Best
    William

  • Marie Reid-Reece


    June 30, 2016

    DNA free I love you

  • robert davis


    June 30, 2016

    like to use dna matching

  • Rob Renning


    June 30, 2016

    I did DNA testing through Ancestry. Can I bring that information over to My Heritage?

  • Carla Burres


    July 1, 2016

    Yes for chromosome browser as it i so very useful.

  • Beth


    July 1, 2016

    I’m pleased to see MH is joining the genetic genealogy ‘game’. Thanks!

  • CHARLIE JN


    July 2, 2016

    I have DNA results from 23andme and Ancestry. Will I be able to load both? Will these results be reported on independently and/or will they be merged into one database with enhanced results? How many submitted DNA results per person can the My Heritage program handle?

    • Esther


      July 3, 2016

      Hi Charlie,

      You can upload results from multiple companies. The results will be merged. You can upload autosomal tests from each of the three providers (Ancestry, 23andMe, and FTDNA).

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • claudia callinan


    July 5, 2016

    I love this capability, can’t wait to use it.

  • Hermina Manfreda


    July 10, 2016

    ok

  • Loyce Dempsey


    July 13, 2016

    I have uploaded Ancestry DNA data. I am very excited about this feature!!

  • michael L boggs


    July 18, 2016

    Love it

  • Ken Inniss


    August 28, 2016

    I’m am pleased to take part and have a friend who would also like to participate

  • Alice Inniss


    August 28, 2016

    Pleased to participate

  • Dr Mohan Krishna


    August 29, 2016

    Innovative idea

  • Sue Thomson


    September 5, 2016

    Where can we see results? I have had someone contact me about a match but I can’t see anywhere to get this information!

    • Esther


      September 7, 2016

      Hi Sue,

      You can access your DNA Matches in a new page called DNA Matches, in the Discoveries tab on your MyHeritage family site.

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • David Gross


    September 6, 2016

    Is there an update about the date that this will go live for users? Some information would be very much appreciated.

    • Esther


      September 7, 2016

      Hi David,

      Our DNA Matching is now live! Go to Discoveries > DNA to take a look at your matches.

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Colin


    September 6, 2016

    Glad to see my matches now available.
    None that I can identify the relationship for yet, but time will tell..
    Please put a break into the results pages after every 40 or so matches – scrolling down to match 400+ isn’t fun on PC or iPad 🙂
    Now to see what the matches actually mean..

  • Udo


    September 7, 2016

    Found my matches yesterday. The relationship estimates seem optimistic compared to other services. I only recognized one name that I match from Ancestry and Gedmatch. Is there a way to export the matches and data? And it would be great to have a field that shows when the person was matches/added. I have a database for all my matches, but it would be a pain to keep track who is new and who I already added.

    • Esther


      September 7, 2016

      Hi Udo,

      Thanks for the suggestions. We’ll pass them on to the Product team.

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • dawna


    September 7, 2016

    my matches just came out – is that the same with everyone? I have looked through the multitudes of matches and don’t see one surname that looks familiar. Only a couple of other people from my country, even!

    How has everyone else been with their matches? Have they worked out for you? Do they seem accurate and reliable?

  • Linda Taylor


    September 7, 2016

    If I tested with Ancestry.com, can I still upload my results if I don’t have an account with MyHertiage?

    • Esther


      September 7, 2016

      Hi Linda,

      If you’ve tested with Ancestry, you can upload those results to MyHeritage. Create a free basic account at http://www.myheritage.com, and then follow the instructions above to upload your data.

      You should receive matches soon after.

      Best Regards,

      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Bill Robey


    September 7, 2016

    I have uploaded multiple DNA samples but only see the matches for my own sample; how do I see matches for my other DNA samples?
    The instructions say use pull-down menu but I cannot find it

    • Esther


      September 7, 2016

      Hi Bill,

      If you don’t see a drop-down menu, then the matched have probably not yet been calculated for the other kits that you uploaded. Please check back over the next few days.

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Ron Cline


    September 8, 2016

    I Uploaded my DNA data today from Ancestry.com. I’m adopted and I’m the only known member of my DNA tree. Is it still possible to get relationship matches without buying a membership? Don’t need the research tools with no one to research.

    • Esther


      September 8, 2016

      Hi Ron,

      DNA Matching is completely free for anyone that has already uploaded DNA tests, or who does so in the near future. You can use a basic MyHeritage account.

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Saralyn


    September 9, 2016

    I see my matches , but it’s not really helped me out much in my research, as I don’t see any common surnames in the trees I am connected to by DNA. I was hoping for information for matches in family trees. Hopefully more features will be made available.

  • Cameron


    September 10, 2016

    @Kuba (20 May 2016): Beautiful dream! Seems like a wonderful and logical outcome of all this, although probably a few years away. A problem might be the moving target: An ancestor always has their own ancestors, so to which ancestors are a newcomer’s DNA segments going to be assigned? Still, a great dream. And in any case, assembling such a data set will mean that we’ll increasingly piece together the genomes of past people. I’m most excited about honouring our ancestors by recreating their genomes. Of next interest to me is what each of us has inherited from them – proportions of the genome, specific segments, and particular gene variants that provide genetic predispositions. Third are the various ways and paths by which that ancestral DNA has come together to form me or anyone – which overall I suspect/understand will be some tiny segments having existed intact for dozens of generations, but large segments (>20 cM) being intact only in our ancestors of the last 2-8 generations.

  • Sharon Singer


    September 11, 2016

    I have already uploaded my DNA to GENI,COM. Do I have to upload it again for My Heritage?

    • Esther


      September 12, 2016

      Hi Sharon,

      MyHeritage and Geni are not integrated. We suggest that you upload your DNA test results to MyHeritage so that you can receive MyHeritage DNA Matches.

      Best Regards,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Iain Wright


    September 15, 2016

    Hi, I have an account with MH and had a DNA test done by Scotlands DNA, can this be uploaded?

  • Meredith


    November 11, 2016

    Two days ago, I uploaded all 3 living grandparents’ DNA results from Ancestry. It still says there are no matches for any of them. I’m very surprised. Is there a way to tell if something is wrong with the uploads? It seemed to go successfully. Just surprised because I have hundreds of matches for each on Ancestry. How long should I wait for matches to populate?

    • Esther


      November 13, 2016

      Hi Meredith,

      We are currently calculating matches every week and the process will become daily in the next few days, and possibly close to real-time in the future.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Rebecca Channack


    December 8, 2016

    When is this likely to be available to users in the UK?

    • Esther


      December 8, 2016

      Hi Rebecca,

      It’s already available to users in the UK!

      Best,

      Esther

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    February 5, 2017

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