This post has been updated.
Want to share your DNA results with a collaborator or get extra help from an expert? At most of the testing companies, your only option is to be show them your actual computer screen or to hand over your password. AncestryDNA, on the other hand, has a nifty invitation system that gives you complete control over who can see your ethnicity estimates and matches and what they can do with them.
This Quick Tip describes how to “invite” someone to see your AncestryDNA results.
Step by Step Instructions
- From any screen within your Ancestry account, click on DNA in the top bar of the browser window and select “Your DNA Results Summary.”
- At the top right of the next screen, click the SETTINGS button.
- Scroll down the next page until you reach a section called “Sharing Preferences” with a subsection called “DNA Ethnicity and Matches.” Click the blue “Change” link.
- The menu will expand to show yourself as the Owner of the DNA results and anyone else you may have invited already. Now click “Add a person”.
- In the field that appears, enter the Ancestry user name or email address of the person you are inviting. User names are case sensitive.
- Select a radio button to designate the role for the guest. A “Viewer” can see your ethnicity estimates and match list the same way you can, but can’t do anything else. A “Collaborator” can see your results; add notes, stars, and color groups; and link your DNA results to a tree. A “Manager” can do all of the above as well as download your raw data to upload elsewhere. Only give manager status to someone you trust implicitly.
- Finally, click the SEND INVITATION button. Your guest will receive an email with instructions on how to proceed. If the email falls into the wrong hands, don’t worry! Your results remain protected, because only your guest can use the invitation, and they have to log in to Ancestry again (even in they’re already logged in) to accept it.
If you ever want to remove a guest’s access, follow the steps described here to get to the “DNA Ethnicity and Matches Access” panel and click the little grey “x” beside their name.
Updates to This Post
27 September 2019 — Updated to reflect changes made by Ancestry to this process