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 3-in-1 DNA test for $99 (not on sale) and a Health & Ancestry test on sale for $169 ($30 off the list price of $199). 23andMe's Ancestry test is a 3-in-1 DNA test and includes some mitochondrial and Y-DNA (Y-DNA only if you are male) results, but that portion of the testing is not as comprehensive as FamilyTreeDNA's mtDNA and Y-DNA tests.

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-they're currently the only one of these companies offering health results (you'll need to purchase the Health & Ancestry t…

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Ancestry MyTreeTags and ThruLines announced at RootsTech!

Ancestry has announced new features including MyTreeTags and ThruLines--all valuable tools for Ancestry tree and Ancestry DNA users. 

MyTreeTags™ allows you to tag people in your family tree with notes or research conclusions. Possible tags include:

DNA tags

Common DNA AncestorDNA MatchDNA Connection

Reference tags

ImmigrantMilitary ServiceRoyalty/Nobility

Research tags

Actively ResearchingBrick WallCompleteHypothesisUnverifiedVerified

Relationship tags

Adopted Into This FamilyAdopted Out of This FamilyDied YoungDirect AncestorMultiple SpousesNever MarriedNo ChildrenOrphan

or you can create a Custom Tag.

You select a person on your tree, I'll select William Lonsdale Tayler.

 

Then you choose how you'd like to tag this individual. I haven't been able to find this ancestor's parents. I'm going to tag him "Brick Wall"

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How to Export a GEDCOM File from FamilySearch Family Tree

Today I alternated between 😭  and  😡  as I tried to figure out the best way to export my family tree from FamilySearch to Ancestry and MyHeritage, two sites where I have DNA matches and want trees with all my ancestors' descendant lines. This is what I learned.

 

How to Export a GEDCOM File from FamilySearch Family Tree

 

The Short Answer: You can't. FamilySearch doesn't support exporting data as a GEDCOM file. The Better Answer: You can, in a roundabout way. You can Import your way to an Export. The Short Answer - A little background info

 

GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications and is a standard file structure for genealogical information. It's the most popular file type used to exchange & share family tree information. If you want a copy of someone's family tree, you ask for a GEDCOM file.

FamilySearch Family Tree is a "one tree" site where they own the fa…

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