What’s New in Autosomal DNA Transfers

Because of recent changes at some of the testing companies that affect the ability to transfer raw DNA data between databases, I have updated my earlier post summarizing which test results can be uploaded to which other sites.  In the table below, find the company who performed your autosomal DNA test in the top row, then follow that column down to see which sites will accept transfers of your DNA data. The superscript numbers refer to notes below the table. As always, be sure to read the Terms of Service for each company/database before you transfer. (Note: I earn a small commission if you purchase through the links in this post. The cost is the same for you. Click here for more information.)

If you tested at:1 Ancestry

v1, v2
23&Me v1, v2 23&Me v3, v4 23&Me v5 Family Tree DNA My
Living DNA
You can transfer to: AncestryDNA2 NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Family Tree DNA4 Soon NO YES Not yet YES NO NO
MyHeritage5 YES YES YES Not yet YES NO NO
WeGene6 YES YES YES Yes, but NO NO NO

(1) Note: I earn a small commission if you purchase through the links in this post. The cost is the same for you. Click here for more information.

(2) AncestryDNA does not accept transfers of DNA data, but their results can be transferred to most other sites. They are like Type O blood for genetic genealogy—the (almost) universal donors. As of this writing, AncestryDNA’s databases contains more than 5 million people.

(3) 23andMe recently introduced version 5 (v5) of their test. V3 and v4 are almost universally accepted as transfers, while v5 (introduced August 2017) is different enough from previous versions so as to cause potential problems with matching. Their database currently contains more than 2 million people.

(4) Transfers to Family Tree DNA can see and contact their DNA matches for free. For a $19 fee, they can access additional tools, like ethnicity estimates and a chromosome browser. Testers who used the newer versions of AncestryDNA (v2) and 23andMe (v4) will not receive distant, speculative matches at FTDNA. If they want distant matches, they can purchase a new Family Finder test. Family Tree DNA expects to restore the ability to transfer from AncestryDNA within weeks and to accept MyHeritage transfers within a couple of months. They are working to make 23andMe v5 tests compatible but do not have a timeframe for that. Their database is estimated at over 500,000 people.

(5) MyHeritage transfers are free and receive a list of DNA matches and ethnicity estimates. They plan to accept 23andMe v5 transfers soon. They did not immediately reply to a question about whether they would also accept LivingDNA results. The size of their database is not known.

(6) WeGene serves primarily an Asian market. They do not currently have relative matching but plan to add it in the future. WeGene accepts 23andMe v5 transfers, but they warn that some of their features may not work properly; they are working to resolve the issue. The size of their database is not known.

(7) Living DNA currently advertises the most detailed ethnicity estimates available. They do not have relative matching at this time, but plan to add it in the coming months. They also plan to accept DNA transfers at some point. The size of their database is not known.

(8) DNA.Land is a non-profit research site run by academics. They accept transfers but do not offer DNA tests themselves. They provide relative matching, ethnicity estimates, and reports on wellness and physical traits. Their database contains over 60,000 people.

(9) If AncestryDNA and 23andMe are the universal donors of autosomal DNA testing, GEDmatch is the universal acceptor. Transfers and most tools are free, including relative matching, ethnicity (admixture) estimates, phasing, and archaic matches. Additional “Tier 1” tools available for a donation of $10 per month. Their database contains more than 650,000 uploads.

(10) GEDmatch Genesis is a beta (test) version of GEDmatch that allows DNA uploads of almost all autosomal test versions, including ones that are not compatible with the regular GEDmatch database. Genesis is a still in the experimental stage, and I don’t recommend it at this time for beginners or for work where precision is required.

If you can’t see the full width of the table on your browser, this screenshot may help.



NOTE: This post was updated 19 Sep 2017 to show that FTDNA had begun taking transfers from MyHeritage.

5 thoughts on “What’s New in Autosomal DNA Transfers”

  1. Hi Leah,

    This is a fabulous post, however I’m having problems reading all of the table, as the columns after MyHeritage appear to be cut off. I get the same result using the Chrome, Firefox and MS Edge browsers. Am I doing something wrong ?

    PS. Your affiliate link to ancestry takes me to the Danish version of the website – no idea why !

    1. Try adjusting the width of your browser window. There’s a point at which the right sidebar disappears/reappears, and you should be able to read the whole table then. If that doesn’t work, I’m going to have to get fancy and see if I can adjust the column widths. Please let me know.

      As for the affiliate link, I’m not sure what’s going on. It works for me, even when I log out of my Ancestry account. I’ll look into it. Thanks for letting me know.

    1. Thank you for letting me know. I tried to adjust the column widths, and I also added a screenshot of the table at the bottom of the post.

  2. Note that My Heritage does not test Israelis and does not accept transfers from people they identify as Israelis even if they are abroad.

    Among other things, it means that if you test with them, you will nt get matches with people in Israel.

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