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DNA Day Sales & Benefits at Test Sites

Thursday, April 25th is National DNA Day in the US and these testing companies have sales: 23andMeAncestryDNAFamilyTreeDNALiving DNAMyHeritageDNA

 

I'll share, in italics, what I've gleaned from my test results at each site.

 

 

23andMe

23andMe has a DNA test* for $99 (not on sale) and a Health & Ancestry (autosomal DNA) test on sale for $169 ($30 off the list price of $199).

I have 1200 DNA matches at 23andMe, mainly extended family, 3rd cousins and beyond. I don't use 23andMe for genealogy purposes. I primarily follow my 23andMe test results for the health test results (you'll need to purchase the Health & Ancestry test for this benefit). This was a relatively cheap way to get some basic DNA health screening. You can see what reports are included by visiting this report page, see the right-column, beneath the Health + Ancestry Service.

At one glance of my DNA Relatives I can see:

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How To Name a Beneficiary for your DNA

FamilyTree DNA is the only major testing site that currently provides an online directive and a printable form to name a beneficiary for your DNA. Someone will be making choices about how to handle your DNA when you die, so it makes sense for us to consider how we want our DNA used and then leave explicit instructions.

When you die, you may want your DNA

deleted permanentlyassigned to a beneficiary to manage so it can be used for matchesassigned to a beneficiary for other purposes including downloading the data for use on other sites or using your test sample for further DNA testing.

Whatever your desires, you should make them as explicit as possible because in the absence of your directive, many places are treating your digital assets as part of your estate and they are managed at the discretion of the executor of your estate.

I'm going to use italics to detail my own experiences with this, so you can …

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How To Export a FamilySearch GEDCOM with RootsMagic

If you want to get a free copy of your FamilySearch family tree to upload to another program or website (Ancestry, MyHeritage, etc) you'll need to use one of FamilySearch's partner programs to get this data. Each of these partners, Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Tree, and RootsMagic has a free version you can use to export a FamilySearch family tree and create a GEDCOM file, a format universally used for sharing family tree files.

 

Here's FamilySearch's statement:

"Currently we are not able to export data from Family Tree to a GEDCOM file. Use one of the Family Tree certified programs, i.e. Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Tree, or RootsMagic to import data from Family Tree into one of the programs and then create a GEDCOM."

 

First, you'll need to download a free version of RootsMagic.

At rootsmagic.com and in the header menu, select Downloads, then select Trial Vers…

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