GEDmatch Updates to Genesis: What You Need to Know

By Shannon Combs Bennett

In early February, users were notified of the GEDmatch-Genesis migration.

Users of the volunteer-run website GEDmatch received a notice upon logging in that the site has switched to Genesis. As I’ll discuss in my upcoming webinar, GEDmatch sets itself apart as one of the most useful free third-party tools for genetic genealogy. From now on, GEDmatch users will upload and compare test results from the major companies through the Genesis interface. Let’s break down what that means.

First: Why the move? For a long time, GEDmatch has successfully compared apples to bananas to oranges. That is, the site compared testing information from different companies, each of which frequently changed what chips it uses to administer and analyze DNA tests. Keeping up with these changes became increasingly difficult, but Genesis will help solve these issues. Genesis also upgrades the site’s navigation and design. In fact, I find the new site much easier to use.

After the GEDmatch-Genesis transition, users can expect a streamlined interface.

Plus, Genesis introduces new tools for its users. Users can now quickly and easily edit their kits by clicking the pencil icon. A handy key indicates, at a glance, each kit’s status. A new feature, the compact segment mapper, present a crisp, clean chromosome browser—a nice change from GEDmatch’s clunky version.

Those who have already uploaded tests to GEDmatch will not need to do so again. All GEDmatch kits migrated to Genesis, so users do not need to create a new account. (One less thing to worry about, right?)

As with the GEDmatch old site, you can still access Tier 1 tools for a one-time (or recurring monthly) $10 donation. I’ve found these tools justify the cost. They can really help your analysis—particularly the paid One-to-Many Comparison tool, which allows for more specificity than the free version.

To learn more about the new site, check out these tutorials:

And for the latest on how to use GEDmatch and other great free genetic tools, check out my webinar “3 Essential Third-Party DNA Tools.” I’ll cover how these tools can help you make the most of your DNA test restults.