MyHeritage’s free DNA uploading service just started accepting Living DNA and 23andMe v5 results. The service also now has an end date for full, free access to the site’s DNA tools. Here’s why you may want to upload autosomal DNA test results there before December 1.
MyHeritage DNA Upload Compatibility Expanded
Since genealogy website subscription site MyHeritage.com began offering DNA testing in 2016, the company has allowed users who have already tested elsewhere to upload their DNA results at the site for free. Until now, users could only upload autosomal results from AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA and older test versions of 23andMe (prior to v5). Now users can upload results from Living DNA and current 23andMe (v5) tests, both of which are based on the Global Screening Array (GSA) chip.
“Recent improvements to our DNA algorithms now allow us to support DNA data processed on GSA chips, and so we now support uploads of 23andMe v5 and Living DNA data files,” states a company press release.
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Limitations Coming on Free MyHeritage DNA Uploads
The same release announced that some features currently available to free upload users will expire on December 1, 2018. Currently, those who upload DNA data to MyHeritage have full access to the site’s ethnicity estimate, DNA matching and chromosome browser tools. This free access will remain for DNA samples uploaded by December 1, 2018.
After that date, “DNA Matching will remain free for uploaded DNA data, but unlocking additional DNA features (for example, ethnicity estimate, chromosome browser, and some others) will require an extra payment for DNA files uploaded after this date. We will announce the full details of the new policy once it is finalized, closer to December 1st.”
The company further clarifies: “All DNA data that was uploaded to MyHeritage in the past, and all DNA data that is uploaded now and prior to December 1, 2018, will continue to enjoy full access to all DNA features for free. These uploads will be grandfathered in and will remain free.”
Why Participate in MyHeritage DNA Testing
MyHeritage’s testing service is younger than its rivals and the size of its testing pool much smaller than the numbers-leader, AncestryDNA (which reports over 10 million compared to MyHeritage’s million-plus). Furthermore, the MyHeritage DNA algorithms have experienced some growing pains, particularly regarding the accuracy of its matching technologies (read this related report) and another on improvements to their ethnicity estimates.
Many who test with MyHeritage DNA (or who have uploaded their results) find value in its chromosome browser, unique among the big genetic genealogy sites, and its other DNA tools. MyHeritage’s diverse global user base also attracts those who hope to connect with genetic matches or ethnic identities that may be stronger on this site. Many who upload their results from another company consider themselves to be getting a free “second opinion” on matching and ethnicity.
MyHeritage’s diverse global user base also attracts those who hope to connect with genetic matches or ethnic identities that may be stronger on this site. Many who upload their results from another company consider themselves to be getting a free “second opinion” on matching and ethnicity.
If you’ve already got DNA at MyHeritage, consider expanding your genetic presence there by adding your relatives’ test results before December 1, 2018, so those tests retain the free tools. “If you manage additional DNA kits for some of your relatives, and you have their permission, upload their DNA data too, and MyHeritage will let you associate the data with the respective individuals on your family tree,” states the company press release. “DNA data uploaded to MyHeritage is completely private and secure. Only you can see the DNA data you upload.”
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