A Second Chance! FREE DNA Data Uploads at MyHeritage available through December 15th
Summary: MyHeritage DNA now allows the free upload of 23andMe v5 as well as Living DNA test results to the MyHeritage site; and starting December 16th, 2018, MyHeritage will begin charging a fee for DNA test data uploads from other vendors. Click HERE to upload now!
The original deadline set by MyHeritage for free DNA data uploads was December 1st which has passed. This morning MyHeritage posted the following announcement at its blog:
“Ever since MyHeritage began offering DNA services, we have provided our users the ability to upload their DNA data for free . These users then received DNA Matches and ethnicity estimates on MyHeritage for free, a unique benefit not offered by any of the other major companies.
We have just extended our deadline for free DNA uploads to December 16, 2018. As of this date, our policy regarding DNA uploads will change. DNA Matching will remain free for uploaded DNA data, but unlocking additional DNA features will require an extra payment for DNA results uploaded after this date.
All DNA data that was uploaded to MyHeritage in the past, and all DNA data that is uploaded now and prior to December 16, 2018, will continue to enjoy full access to all DNA features for free. These uploads will be grandfathered in and will remain free.
Viewing family trees of your DNA Matches or accessing the 9 billion historical records that are found on MyHeritage is optional and requires a paid subscription plan. Some advanced features in the DNA Match review will also require a subscription, such as viewing matches and ethnicities that you share with your DNA Matches.”
If you are not familiar with the practice, most DNA vendors (at least the “Big 5” which are 23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA and MyHeritage DNA) allow you to download your raw DNA test data. Then for many sites (except for 23andMe and AncestryDNA), you can “upload” that data and look for DNA matches among that site’s users who have tested their DNA. MyHeritage allows FREE UPLOADS to access advanced features (while some like Family Tree DNA charge as much as $19 USD).
How to Download and Upload DNA Test Data
Need help figuring out how to download your DNA test data from another site? Click HERE to read A Guide to Downloading and Uploading Your DNA Test Data by Thomas MacEntee here at DNA Bargains or click below to access the PDF download.
Why You Should Upload Your DNA Test Data to MyHeritage DNA
Many DNA experts encourage genealogists and family historians to use the “fish in many ponds” approach when it comes to looking for DNA matches. MyHeritage DNA is a great pond to fish in! Here are the two main reasons why you should upload your DNA test data from another company to MyHeritage DNA:
- “Ethnicity Estimate – a comprehensive breakdown of your unique DNA composition. You will discover where your heritage originated from and how much each ethnicity is part of your ancestral origins, and even view the main life events of your direct ancestors on the Ethnicity map.”
- “DNA Matches – This technology compares data from autosomal DNA tests results and family trees to identify matches between users that share genetic sequences and indicate a family relationship.”
Click HERE to read Why should I upload my raw DNA data to MyHeritage? at the MyHeritage DNA website.
Recent Changes at MyHeritage DNA
There are several recent changes with MyHeritage DNA, including:
23andMe / Living DNA Data Uploads
You can now upload 23andMe v5 (which is a later version of 23andMe test results) as well as Living DNA (the UK-based DNA testing company). Click HERE to read the recent article New: MyHeritage supports 23andMe v5 and Living DNA uploads dated September 12, 2018 at the MyHeritage blog.
Shared Ancestral Places
MyHeritage DNA now displays Shared Ancestral Places for every match. “Shared Ancestral Places refer to towns, countries, or U.S. states that appear in your family tree as well as in the family trees of your DNA Matches, where birth or death events of your ancestors (and those of your DNA Matches’ ancestors) took place. These places are identified going back up to 10 generations and can play a vital role in family history research.” Click HERE to read the recent article New Feature: Shared Ancestral Places for DNA Matches dated November 12, 2018 at the MyHeritage blog.
Upload Your DNA Test Data to MyHeritage for FREE Now! Free Offer Extended Through December 15th!
Have you uploaded your AncestryDNA test data (or other DNA test data) to MyHeritage yet? You can now do this for FREE and check out the ethnicity estimates and start matching with others on MyHeritage. Click HERE to get started! Remember, according to the latest update from MyHeritage, on and after December 15th, 2018 there will be a FEE for uploading your DNA test data from another vendor. Any data uploaded PRIOR to December 16th will have access to all DNA matching and other features and they will be “grandfathered in” with no future charges.
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