Thursday, 16 February 2017

Family Tree DNA are now accepting autosomal DNA transfers from new AncestryDNA and 23andMe tests

Family Tree DNA are now accepting transfers from AncestryDNA v2 kits (all tests processed after mid May 2016) and 23andMe v4 kits (all tests taken from about November 2013 onwards). As before, the transfer is free but you have to pay a small fee to unlock the rest of the FTDNA features. The good news is that the fee has now been reduced from $39 to just $19.

There are many advantages to being in different databases because each company has its own unique database and only a subset of people have tested across all three companies. You will therefore pick up matches at FTDNA that won't be found in the other databases.

At Family Tree DNA you can benefit from additional features such as the chromosome browser, which provides a visual representation of the segments of DNA that you share with your genetic cousins. This is a great way of understanding the inheritance process, especially if you are also able to test lots of other family members.

FTDNA offer Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA tests which means that you can combine the results of all three tests when interpreting your results.

FTDNA also have the advantage of a much more international database than AncestryDNA and 23andMe. They host a wide range of geographical DNA projects. If you have recent ancestry from Devon I would very much like to welcome you to my Devon DNA Project. .

To transfer your results and to find out more click on this link:

There are further details about the transfer program on this page in the FTDNA Learning Centre.

I have received the following e-mail from Family Tree DNA with additional information about the autosomal DNA transfer process.

Dear Project Administrators,
You’ve all been waiting for it, and it’s finally here - transfers for 23andMe© V4 and AncestryDNA™ V2 files!
Here are the details, point by point.
  • Customers can now transfer 23andMe© V4 and AncestryDNA™ V2 files in addition to the 23andMe© V3 and AncestryDNA™ V1 files that Family Tree DNA accepted previously. MyHeritage and Genographic transfers will be supported in the coming weeks.
  • Family Tree DNA still does not accept 23andMe© processed prior to November 2010. A Family Finder test will need to be purchased.
  • 23andMe© V3 and AncestryDNA™ V1 now receive a full list of matches and the ability to use the Matrix feature FOR FREE. For only $19, the customer can unlock the Chromosome Browser, myOrigins, and ancientOrigins.

  • 23andMe© V4 and AncestryDNA™ V2 receive all but the most speculative matches (6th to remote cousins), also for free. After transferring, if the customer wants to receive speculative matches, they will have to submit a sample and have a Family Finder run at the reduced price of $59.  
  • Matches should take somewhere between one and 24 hours to appear, depending on the volume of tests in the autosomal pipeline.
  • myOrigins update will be released in the coming weeks. Until then transfers will include only broad populations.
  • Additionally, all previously transferred files that have not been unlocked will receive their matches and have access to the Matrix feature for free as long as the release form is signed. These kits will be also be able to unlock the other Family Finder features for $19. If the transfer was on a kit with another product where the release form has already been signed, then the matches will appear with no further action necessary.
  • The Autosomal Transfer webpage has been enhanced to include a new image and a FAQ section. The FAQ section is displayed towards the bottom of the page.
  • If a customer tries to transfer the same autosomal file a second time, a message will be displayed that the file is a duplicate and will list the kit number of the original kit.
  • The main Autosomal Transfer topic in the Learning Center has been updated. This topic contains the most recent information and now includes all transfer subtopics on the same page. Additional FAQ information will be added to this topic as needed in the future.

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