Comparing the 5 Major DNA Tests: MyHeritage DNA

By Shannon Combs Bennett Premium

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In our seven-part series on DNA tests, Shannon Combs-Bennett is giving an in-depth look at 5 of the major DNA tests on the market. In Part 1, Shannon provided an introduction and shared the benefits of testing, as well as some precautions you should consider. After in-depth looks at Family Tree DNA and AncestryDNA, we’re discussing testing with MyHeritage DNA.

Many consider MyHeritage the new kid on the block in the U.S. testing market. They began their DNA testing in November 2016, much more recent than the other U.S. centric testing companies. Many people started their MyHeritage DNA journey by uploading raw results from other companies before they offered their saliva test. Whichever way you tested, there are some features that MyHeritage has making it different from the others.

They began offering a chromosome browser as an analysis tool in the spring of 2018. For those of you who like those visual clues to relatedness, this should make you very happy. It is a bit clunky, but it gets the job done. However, when you click on a match, the page that comes up makes up for the clunky bits. The site automatically shows the showed matches between you and that person. Even better, it gives you an icon when they have determined the matching segment, you both share. It has been an excellent tool for me recently when learning how a group of people is related to each other.

To be honest, having all of the data for you and your match on one page is one of my favorite features from MyHeritage. I do not have to waste time bouncing back and forth between several pages to perform an analysis. It is all right in front of you!

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I like that they give users both percentages and cM results for shared DNA between a person and their match. Each person is different; some like percentages and some like cM numbers. Having the calculations already done can make it a lot easier for people to understand how they are related to another person.

Part of the MyHeritage experience is being invited to take surveys on a variety of topics. Entirely optional, and completely private, MyHeritage surveys are a way for them to collect data on users and make their analysis better. Each one takes about 10-15 minutes if you choose to participate. There is an excellent Frequently Asked Questions section about the surveys I encourage you to read if you are curious about what they are.

Next time, I’ll be discussing 23andMe.

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